A family of cops
Station Sergeant Carrison Henry, 60, Sergeant St Clair Phillips, 51, and Constable Kenmore Phillips, 49, are all police prosecutors in the District “A” Magistrates’ Courts.
And it doesn’t end there. Another brother, Clifford Henry, 58, an Assistant Superintendent, Internal Affairs, in the Turks and Caicos Police Force, also worked as a police prosecutor in that country for several years.
The Sunday Sun recently caught up with the four brothers when Clifford came to Barbados to celebrate Carrison’s 60th birthday.
The close-knit siblings never thought they would all end up presenting criminal cases for the police force.
Carrison, a 39-year veteran, was the first to join the RBPF back in 1980 and has the most experience among the brothers in prosecuting, having started in 2004.
He also holds the distinction of working at every Magistrates’ Court, including the special court, which was held at Glendairy Prison, the Coroners Court and the Juvenile Court.
“I have worked with almost every magistrate, including former magistrates Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, Master of the Supreme Court Deborah Holder and Registrar Barbara Cooke-Alleyne,” said Carrison, who did a para-legal course at the Barbados Community College in 1999.
He was the one who encouraged both St Clair and Kenmore to join the police force and then inspired them to get into prosecuting.
St Clair, who was involved in the construction industry, recalled Carrison calling home one day in 1992 and saying to him: “Boy, try and make sure you send in the application to the police force today.”
Most of his 26 years in policing were spent as a detective; however, St Clair had applied three times to be selected for the prosecutors course but had never been chosen.
He had all but given up when Carrison prodded him last year to apply again.
Both he and Kenmore did, and to their surprise they were both selected and did the course together at the Regional Police Training Centre.
Kenmore, a police officer for 29 years, had already worked as a court orderly at times with big brother Carrison, so making the transition to prosecutor was a no-brainer in the same way that he followed his brother’s footsteps and became a policeman.
While Clifford has never seen his brothers in action in the courtroom since he is based in Turks and Caicos, he, too, is happy that they have all chosen the same path.
His decision to apply to the police force in Turks and Caicos in 1986 came after his application to the RBPF was unsuccessful.
He had worked regular policing but when the opportunity came in 1994 for him to train as a prosecutor at the Regional Police Training Centre he grabbed it.
“You don’t give up on opportunities like that,” he said, smiling as he recalled the respect he earned from defence lawyers who praised his fairness and courtroom ability.
Below: From left, prosecuting brothers Station Sergeant Carrison Henry, Constable Kenmore Phillips and Sergeant St Clair Phillips preparing the files for their court cases.
Apart from policing, all of the brothers, who grew up in the rural village of Walkes Spring, St Thomas, and who have eight other siblings, are also involved in various clubs and organisations.
Carrison worked with the Special Olympics for 29 years, moving from volunteer to heading that organisation. He is also involved in the Blind Cricket Association and is assistant commissioner with the St John Ambulance Brigade.
St Clair coaches basketball at the YMCA and teaches children life skills. Kenmore has a long association with the Police Credit Union and has set up a reading programme for at-risk boys.
Their parents, Sholto and Euis Phillips, have passed on, but Carrison said they were both very proud that they had four sons who took the oath to protect and serve.
Now that they are all working in the same department, St Clair is hoping that he and his brothers continue to create history in the RBPF by being promoted together. “That would be splendiferous,” he said.
Clifford, however, believes that they have already created history worldwide.
“It is a great achievement to have four brothers in policing – and all of them prosecutors. I believe this is history in the making in the world. There ain’t nothing better than brotherhood. It feels good knowing your brothers have your back covered,” he said.