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All Bajan Attorney General Ariel Brathwaite (FP)

By Gercine Carter | Thu, October 25, 2012 - 12:10 AM

The Royal Barbados Police Force will not be headed by a non-Barbadian in the foreseeable future.

This assurance from Attorney General Ariel Brathwaite comes when Deputy Commissioner of Police Bertie Hinds has gone on pre-retirement leave and Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin contemplates retirement.

Speaking to the DAILY NATION about succession in the force, the Attorney General was adamant that replacements for the top cops would not be sought outside Barbados.

“Barbados has a cadre of very young, able-bodied competent police officers that I do not see – certainly in the short to medium term – any reason for us to consider looking outside for management  in the Royal Barbados Police Force.

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 5 months ago


As soon as Hinds goes on pre-retirement leave, it is being said that Dottin is now contemplating his own retirement from the Police Force. Maybe if Hinds had hung in there for just one more day, he would have finally got his shot at the coveted Commissioner position that has eluded him during his career.

Personal problems between the two top cops that at times seemed to undermine the smooth functioning of the Force and affect morale, have often been reported in the Press.

Dottin and Hinds' retirement will put the two top positions up for grabs, and for the first time in our history there is mention of if they should be filled by persons from outside Barbados, as has been the practice is some Caribbean countries.

The practice of appointments within the Police Force has traditionally been done by internal promotions, with vacancies not being advertised seeking qualified applicants from anywhere. I am not sure this is in violation of standard hiring practices.

While bringing in personnel from abroad to fill top positions might quell the petty jealousies that currently exist, as were reported between Dottin and Hinds, it may cause a whole set of other undesirable issues to emerge.

Barbados' finest have a cadre of highly trained and competent police officers, capable of taking the helm in our fight against crime.

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Posted by Cheese On 1 year, 5 months ago
Why would Dottin Retire???? What is going on?

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 5 months ago
I was made to Understand about a year ago that there was a Bajan working in Britain for MI6 (SIS) is the AG saying that if this person were interested in becoming the Police Chief in Barbados that He/She would be ineligible???
@Carl Harper!!!Barbados is a Very Small Country and consequently the experiences that an expatriat would have MIGHT be better than what is available In B'dos, so why not get someone to carry the Organisation to the other level and then later on go back to internal promotions.

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Posted by Leonard B 1 year, 5 months ago
@Tony Waterman: It is common for us Bajans to assume that someone from outside might have better experience and qualifications. This is often proven not true and should remind us that hiring from outside of B'dos should be an absolute last resort. We should focus more on good succession planning and ensuring that all people from the second-in-command line are trained and exposed both in and outside of Barbados. We have already made 2 mistakes in very senior and high profile positions which resulted in chaos and infighting with professionals in one case and fancy talk but no change in the backlog in the other. Let us not make the same mistake again. I am told that we have very competent individuals in the line up and that they are very capable of leading our Police Force. LB.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 5 months ago
@Leonard Bee !!1you are talking like a PROTECTIONIST.i am not assuming anything, it is a fact.where would they get this experience, In Barbados?? How?? Where?? I am from a POLICING FAMILY i am not anti anything, i respect the RBPF, but people like you just can't stand the truth. Unless the top three are sent out for at least a year on SECONDMENT to a LARGE POLICE SERVICE Modern CRIME FIGHTING in BARBADOS WILL SUFFER,there is just not the know how at hand to go to the next level, you are right that sucession planning is needed, and sadly not even our great Political parties have done that.so keep Dottin there for at least another year and bring the top 3 Officers up to International standard before picking a Chief, Take you head out of the SAND, and maybe you WILL see the light

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