On Tuesday we told you about the continued back and forth between Police Commissioner Chester Williams and Attorney Orson “OJ” Elrington regarding Police Officer Alicia Trapp. In his most recent letter to Elrington who is Trapp’s lawyer, Williams informs that an internal investigation has been launched against Trapp. In his letter, Williams tells Elrington that Trapp actions and words violated the Police Act as it pertains to partisan politics. Elrington is told that once the investigation is finished and it is determined that Trapp violated the department’s internal rules, action will be taken against her. The entire matter stems from village council elections held on June 5 in Teakettle Village, Cayo. Trapp went Live on Facebook and accused Cayo South Area Representative Julius Espat of assaulting her. However, Espat says that she has been unable to prove that because it is simply not true. In fact, Espat says that Trapp was the aggressor.
Julius Espat, Area Representative, Cayo South: “From the beginning when you asked me this question, I think various media houses asked me and I, I have always stated, I am not the person. I am not the aggressor and so I have no need of pressing charges. What I have done is alerted my attorneys to be on hold in case something happens that I have to defend my position on and we are sticking to that. What the police does internally, I have no control of and they have to do what they need to do. But the truth is, it boils down to national security. This is a police officer that was stationed to protect us in Cabinet and I have a right when I see that person being political and campaigning against the Government. I didn’t reprimand her. I just told her she was doing wrong and if we can’t defend national security then I suppose we have a problem. Everybody has rules. I’ve told you guys before. The police has rules. The media has rules. Politicians have rules and the general populace has rules. We have to start to learn to follow those rules.”
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: So Ms. Trapp was removed from Cabinet security?
Julius Espat, Area Representative, Cayo South: “I don’t know. I don’t know. I didn’t see her on Tuesday.”
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Yeah so she was removed. That was confirmed. Is it that? Cause speak about national security, is it that you felt unsafe afte the incident and because she *inaudible*?
Julius Espat, Area Representative, Cayo South: “How would you feel if you were in Government and the police office that is stationed to protect you is vehemently shouting all kinds of negative things about you and your government? Only a fool would not feel concerned and I definitely am not a fool and so I think it was my responsibility as a leader of Government to make sure that, not only me but, all Cabinet members feel safe. Any country you go that is. In the United States they would categorise it as domestic terrorism. We don’t go that far but that’s the reality. We have to be safe.”
Reporter: She was removed from Cabinet but then she was given a graveyard shift. Did you think that was fair?
Julius Espat, Area Representative, Cayo South: “I’m not a police officer and I have never been. I don’t know their rules and I don’t know what you signed up for. That question needs to be asked to the Commissioner.”