Despite his ordeal in the last few days, Ical wanted to finish out his two weeks of patrol duties. As a matter of fact, it was a request that went directly to the Police Commissioner.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “When we spoke to PC Ical his words were he didn’t want to be extracted from the jungle, he wanted to continue his two week’s patrol so that goes to show the type of person he is, a very brave and courageous young man but when the message was relayed to me I said no that he has been lost for six days we cannot leave him back there, his family has been worried and concerned so it was only fitting that we brought him out so that he could reunite with his family and then reorganize himself and then see when he will be deployed back to the jungle but for now we’re going to allow him to go home with his family take a couple days off and then he comes back to work.”
When we spoke with the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of National Security, Felix Enriquez, he explained that something was awry and that the buddy buddy system seemingly was not adhered to. While he indicated that an internal probe will occur the Police Commissioner says he is not about to lay blame on anyone.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I’m not going to point fingers at anybody at this time. There are indeed some administrative issues that need to be worked out and between myself and the general we’re going to work those out.”
Reporter: ComPol are you perhaps confident or sure in that all the protocols that are to be followed on the ground were followed in this instance ?
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “You’re asking the same question in a different format. Like I said I’m not going to discuss those. I have said in previous interviews the patrol is a BDF patrol not a police one we merely accompany the BDF so I am sure there are things that the general will be working on and whatever support he needs from the police to ensure that we do things better next time that will be done.”
The Police Commissioner and the Minister of National Security bucked myriad criticisms for their social media photos in the helicopter and among the search parties. Many said it was just a photo opportunity while a handful of police officers believe it was just for show. Police Commissioner Chester Williams set the naysayers straight today when he responded to the reason for his presence in the south yesterday.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Everyday our police officers are out risking their lives to make the people of our country safe and for me as the Commissioner of Police all my personnel matter and when one goes missing or when something happens to one then we are all concerned. This is a family and it’s not only me but other commanders so even though some of them may not have been out there they were still giving their support from behind the scenes in whatever way they can and as I’ve said to the nation and I’ve said to Mrs.Ical that we were going to do all we can to make sure we find him and if that required me to leave the comfort of my office to get out on the streets with the men and women to search for him then so shall it be and it is with that spirit that I went out. I am sure that my presence on the ground served also as a motivation to those who were involved in the search to know that from the highest level we stand with them in the search of the officer who was missing at the time.”