In response to comments made by the Police Union, Mr Andrews said transfers and appointment of senior police officers are the prerogative of the Police Commissioner which in this case was done to effectively address the lawless situation in the troubled Southern Highlands Province.
“My door is always open and the Union Executives should have talked to me rather than going to the media making unnecessary comments,” Acting Commissioner Andrews said.
“As the Acting Commissioner of Police, I made the decision after careful assessment of the situation in SHP and with the blessing of Commissioner Gari Baki.
“The Police Top Management has a very cordial relationship with the Police Union and we want that to be maintained. So I want to encourage more dialogue rather than criticisms in the media,” Acting Commissioner Andrews said.