Jacob: Don’t expect overnight results on children’s reports probe

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Ag Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Mc Don­ald Ja­cob says the coun­try should not ex­pect overnight re­sults in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to the con­tents of the 1997 Robert Sab­ga and the 2021 Jus­tice Ju­dith Jones re­ports, say­ing it is on­ly in its «em­bry­on­ic stage.»

Ja­cob told the Sun­day Guardian that it was on­ly on Thurs­day that they re­ceived the Sab­ga re­port and the coun­try should not ex­pect im­me­di­ate re­sults.

Ja­cob hopes that the coun­try would get the full de­tails of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions in three months or less.

«We used three months as rea­son­able time but be­cause of the se­ri­ous­ness of it, we are hop­ing to get some sort of out­come be­fore the three-month pe­ri­od.»

Al­though Ja­cob made no com­ment on it, the Sun­day Guardian un­der­stands that wit­ness­es have be­gun com­ing for­ward to be in­ter­viewed for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion which is on­ly a few days old.

The 1997 Robert Sab­ga-led task force in­ves­ti­gat­ed ten chil­dren’s homes, while the 2021 Ju­dith Jones team in­ves­ti­gat­ed al­le­ga­tions of abuse in all chil­dren’s homes. In a Face­book post, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley said he was «shocked» about the con­tents of the Sab­ga re­port and called on the com­mis­sion­er to find a copy of it.

Ja­cob out­lined the lengthy process in­volved in these com­plex in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

«We first need to sit, then analyse the re­port, then the an­a­lysts will pull out names and put them on­to a data­base and af­ter, plan a strat­e­gy in how the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be done. All of this needs to be done be­fore we be­gin to take state­ments.»

He said that in the past the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) «ran wild’ and that did not bring re­sults. He promised that this in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be done in an «or­gan­ised» way with the best ex­perts in the ser­vice.

Ja­cob said in Oc­to­ber 2021 the TTPS sent three of­fi­cers to the New York City Po­lice De­part­ment (NYPD) to train.

«They were sent to un­der­stand how the NYPD goes about do­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion process. This will help us to en­hance our in­ves­tiga­tive method­ol­o­gy. Of course, some of those skills will be used in this cur­rent in­ves­ti­ga­tion.»

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian