IF RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE POLICE SERVICES COMMISSION are accepted by the powers that be, a new Commissioner of Police and deputy should soon be in place.
The commission has recommended that senior superintendents Erwin Boyce and Mark Thompson take over the two top posts, replacing Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin and his deputy Bertie Hinds, who are both expected to take up senior administrative positions in the Civil Service.
WEEKEND NATION investigations indicate the recommendations were sent to then Attorney General Freundel Stuart now Prime Minister, and the Chief Personnel Officer last August, following internal and public bickering between the island’s two top cops.
Our information suggests that once the recommendations get Government’s nod, both Dottin and Hinds would take up permanent secretary posts with Hinds expected to have responsibility in ensuring a smooth transition in what would be a major shake-up among the top ranks of the force.
“A lot has happened since last August, so maybe this has been the source of the delay in acting on the recommendations,” said a source who is privy to the commission’s recommendations.
The source said that Boyce and Thompson had both earned the respect of their peers for their sterling investigative work.
They would be catapulted to the top posts over current Assistant Commissioners of Police Tyrone Griffith, Oral Williams, Emmerson Moore and Seymour Cumberbatch.
Boyce, 51, currently in charge of the Special Branch, is a 31-year veteran of the organisation and the holder of a Bachelor’s degree in history and Master’s in business, with a core stream in human resources management from the University of the West Indies.
He spent several years in the Criminal Investigation Department and has been credited with spearheading most of the force’s major enquiries into fraud and financial investigations. He declined comment on the reports.
Thompson, 48, one of the force’s top detectives in an outstanding 29-year career, is an attorney-at-law. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies [UWI] with a BSc degree in sociology and law and an LLB.
The first Barbadian policeman to graduate with Upper Second Class Honours in law from the UWI, Thompson is currently in charge of the Bridgetown Division, and has also served as commandant of the Regional Police Training College. When reached yesterday he also declined comment.
Commissioner Dottin said he was unaware of any such developments while Hinds could not be reached.
Neither Dr Trevor Carmichael, QC, chairman of the Services Commission, nor veteran lawyer Keith Simmons, his deputy, could be reached. No phone calls were returned.
Attempts to contact Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last night were also unsuccessful. (cg)