Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General, Fitzgerald Hinds is weighing in on the suspension of a security officer at Piarco International Airport who has been accused of being discourteous to two Government Ministers.
Officer Kelvon Alexander was suspended for two weeks without pay following the incident which is said to have taken place on September 20th.
Reports say he rightly refused to allow Ministers Dennis Moses and Camille Robinson-Regis to access a door which would allow them to bypass Customs.
However, the Airport Authority, after an investigation into the incident suspended Officer Alexander based on reports submitted over the incident and CCTV camera footage.
Speaking on the Power Breakfast Show, Minister Hinds denied that the Ministers would have attempted to bully their way past the security officer.
He explained that as far as he is aware, the movements of the Ministers involved would have been determined by a protocol officer.
Minister Hinds sought to defend the personality of the Ministers involved saying that while he doesn’t have all the facts, it is unlike them to be arrogant or attempt to bully persons.
The officer involved has since taken his concerns to the Estate Police Association, of which he is a member, and an investigation by the association found he committed no offence.
President of the Estate Police Association Deryck Richardson confirmed the suspension in a television interview and said the issue has now progressed further.