Top Cop signals intention to replace SOCU Head

Former SOCU Head Sydney James

Police Commissioner Leslie James has signaled the administration’s intention to replace Sydney James as the Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).

Sydney James

“Later on, today we will be giving an update on the replacement of the Head of SOCU,” the Top Cop told reporters on the sideline of an event this morning.

Sydney James was sent on administrative leave, in light of allegations of mismanagement of funds at the entity in charge of investigation white-collar crimes such as corruption and money laundering.

The decision to send the SOCU Head on leave came months after an audit revealed that there were serious irregularities at the entity, including the falsification of records.

The audit was ordered by the Police Commissioner in February following claims of grave mismanagement which included the misuse of its operational fund.

Top Cop Leslie James

Though the Top Cop has not commented on the findings of the audit, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has described the revelations as “damning”.

The Opposition has since called for the Unit to be dismantled.

But President David Granger contended the government will, instead, work to restore public confidence in SOCU.