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Police hold-up

Yvette Best

Police hold-up

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Stalled promotions of 150 police officers have kept the Royal Barbados Police Force “hamstrung”.
Terming the situation “untenable”, acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith said yesterday that court litigation, which had halted the promotion of officers, ranking from sergeant to deputy commissioner of police, was causing the level of supervision to suffer.
“I have knocked on all doors in this regard to no avail. I ask myself if anyone understands the predicament that the body charged with the safety and security of the nation finds itself in,” Griffith told members of the Barbados Police Association (BPA) yesterday.
His comments were an obvious referral to a High Court injunction by 17 police officers who have challenged their omission from the list of 2012 police promotions. The officers, whose ranks range from assistant commissioner to superintendent and constable, have charged that their omissions breached the principles of natural justice and was an abuse of power.
They have also accused the Police Service Commission (PSC) and the Attorney General of acting on political considerations by attempting to promote other officers.