I have a question for this man:
George, when the investigation commenced into the use of blank (signed) search warrants (click here for an example) being used by 'your' Narcotics department, where were you? You knew of their existence, condoned the use of them and and even called for their use! Were you interviewed, did you tell the truth and did you admit to instructing an officer to use such a search warrant on at least one occasion?
Do not expect support from George Jackson; he was only ever out for himself. fortunately, he's not a bright man.
Amazingly, this officer is now the second in charge of the island's police service; Deputy Commissioner of police. Those staff who work under him have my sympathy. The officer is not to be trusted and is not supportive of those who work for him. I was very surprised that George, when presenting me to the then commissioner of police, Clive Donald, failed to bring to the senior officers attention that he (George) had directed me not to report directly to my then boss, Dennis Ramsey, an action that later cause Dennis to complain that I bucked authority.
Furthermore, when there was the investigation into the use of blank, yet signed, search warrants, it is reasonable to believe George (the then acting head of the narcotics department as inspector) would have been interviewed about the existence / use of such documents. Strange then that when the matter was investigated by Superintendent George Rose, no evidence was found to support the allegation that narcotics officers had or used such documents. Strange because George had first hand knowledge of their existence and use! If George was not interviewed then the quality of investigation is called into question; I suspect that the Bermuda police service conducted a minimal enquiry. If George was interviewed, yet no evidence was found to support the allegation, it follows he either misrepresented the facts or his evidence as ignored.
As for my alleged tape recording of a senior officer, George also had first-hand knowledge of my use of a tape recorder. The narcotics office was so poorly resourced that I bought my own equipment (tape, telephone attachment, even computer) with which to ensure investigations were undertaken professionally. George himself found it necessary to call upon my tape at one time; when he recorded a barrister's conversation, that of Julian Hall.
George can also be linked to the withholding of information in relation to cruise ship arrests, see cruise ships
My thanks to the Bermuda Sun for the following:
Mr Jackson is not one to support his fellow officers and should be treated with caution. It will be noted that he was promoted to Inspector in 1990, when the Narcotics department is said to have had its finest year (a quote from former superintendent Bissell). Mr Jackson is neither an investigator nor manager. He took the line of least resistance at the cost of an investigation. With regard to the Miranda enquiry, we scratched the surface; the many key players were never interviewed, let alone charged.
It was the then Detective Inspector Jackson who, having concerns about the officer above him, Detective Chief Inspector Ramsey, advised my sergeant and I that all matters relating to the Miranda investigation were to be reported to him (the D.I.), not Mr Ramsey (the head of narcotics). This is precisely what we in the department did; reported to Detective Inspector Jackson.
Was it hardly surprising that when I was subsequently questioned by DCI Ramsey about the investigation and did not keep him up to date, that this was used against me and referred to as 'insubordination'?
What came as a surprise was DI Jackson's reaction. The Officer offered no support, submitted no report or explanation but simply did what he was asked by the then Commissioner of Police; paraded me before the Commissioner. The DI was present when the allegation was put by the Commissioner, DI Jackson said nothing.
The allegation that I attempted to tape record a senior officer (DCI Ramsey) was also put in the presence of Mr. Jackson. Given that I was known to have a personal tape recorder used to capture conversations with suspects, potential witnesses, informants and even barristers, the allegation was easy to make against me. The narcotics office lacked the equipment to record calls and to make an allegation that I attempted to tape an Officer was so easy (and the Bermuda police do not require evidence to support an allegation). Despite this, the Officer said nothing, DI Jackson maintained his silence, even through he had used my equipment to secretly record a conversation between himself and Julian Hall, the barrister representing Miranda.
I have made an allegation that the Narcotics office used blank search warrants; documents signed by a Justice of the Peace but which had no other information contained within them i.e. the name and address of the subject. Detective Inspector Jackson was fully aware of these documents and that they were used by the narcotics office. I am aware he requested one be used on a specific narcotics operation during 1990.
This is one reason the Bermuda police have never investigated my allegations, they have paid lip-service to them; it will undermine the entire narcotics department and some very senior Officers.
But most importantly, it is the reason no one will re-interview Detective Inspector Coglin Gibbons. This officer not only knows blank search warrants were used by the narcotics office, he is aware DI Jackson sanctioned said use. The Bermuda police do not want Coglin Gibbons (a senior officer himself who has 'found God') to speak the complete truth. It is evident the officer has something new to say - or more importantly, he now is prepared to say something (if only to clear his own concience), see Inspector's Letter
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