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Off-Duty cop and Police detained on gun charges in Guatemala

The time is running out for the detained men and it is unlikely that they will receive a hail Mary pass to achieve their freedom.  And even if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can intervene on their behalf, they would face scrutiny and possible disciplinary measures upon their return. The head of the national crimes investigation branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett says that Police Constable Fabián Laurie does not have a licensed firearm, did not have a police issued firearm with him and did not request permission to leave the country as is mandated by the police standing orders.  

Jose Sanchez: “Do you know if the weapon used by the Police officer that was detained in Guatemala if it was Police issued?”

ACP Joseph Myvett: “It was definitely not Police issued.”

Reporter: “Were there any type of official business?”

ACP Joseph Myvett: “Not that we know about. PC Lowry, his last working day was Thursday. That was when he was last seen at work.”

Reporter: “He is attached to which formation?”

ACP Joseph Myvett: “To Placencia Police Subformation.”

Reporter: “Do you foresee that they will face any disciplinary actions in the Department?”

ACP Joseph Myvett: “Well indeed because you cannot leave the country without permission being a law enforcement officer. That is one of the policies, that you must seek permission before leaving the country.”

Reporter: “Is he known to have any licensed firearm that matches the description?”

ACP Joseph Myvett: “None that has already been checked too and he is not a holder of any licensed firearm.”

The Ministry of National Security said that it is closely monitoring the situation via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its counterpart in Guatemala.