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De Peiza: Don’t be fooled

verladepeizaBarbados Labour Party representatives and others questioning the Police Service Commission’s authority to act as it did in relation to Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin are misleading the public.

Government Senator Verla De Peiza today urged Barbadians not to be fooled by the Opposition’s “consternation and the stirring up” because under the law “the Police Service Commission had every right to do what they did”

She was speaking during debate on thePolice Complaints Authority (Validation) Bill in the Upper House.

“Whether you like it or not it is the responsibility with which they (PSC) are charged by the Governor General,” she said in a presentation aimed at debunking statements by BLP spokesmen including Senator Wilfred Abrahams.

“The first thing that the public needs to know is that the Police Service Commission does not derive its authority from an act of Parliament, it is rooted in the Constitution of Barbados, it trumps every piece of legislation that comes thereafter. That is the first thing that needs to be made abundantly clear, it has nothing to do with the Police Act,” the attorney-at-law said.

“Also, the Police Service Commission by Section 91 of the Constitution cannot have as a member any person who is a member of the House or a public servant. The Police Service Commission by Section 96 is charged with the responsibility of appointing, removing, and disciplining police officers.”

“It is only the Police Service Commission that has the authority to recommend to the Governor General that a Commissioner of Police be removed, that is the correct manner in which it is done.”

De Peiza also said the Commissioner of Police “has nothing to do with the appointment of officers under him, it is not part of his responsibility and any good lawyer and good person, who stands saying that they are representing the public owes them a duty to inform them and not misinform them”.

“Persons from the other place and persons from this place simply because they are in Opposition need to respect the authority that people see them to have, … there is that responsibility on them not … to give the impression that something untoward and underhanded is underfoot in Barbados because nothing could be further from the truth,” the Democratic Labour Party representative stated.

“I challenge the other side in any event to find a provision in the Police Act that deals with any such matter because the Police Act deals with the day to day management, operational issues, that is what the Police Act deals with and nothing to do with the appointment of officers. That is found in the Constitution.” (SC)

5 Responses to De Peiza: Don’t be fooled

  1. Mac10 June 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

    But the point is the people have the right to know why it was done “in the public interest” The A.G & the PM need to speak on this!!!

  2. CD June 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Agree 100% with Senator De Peiza. The Opposition should stop these continual attempts to stir up false controversy against the Govt. It is becoming tiring already.

  3. Cynthia Layne June 21, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Why don’t you think for your self. Don’t agree with any body. The opposition don’t have to stir up anything put your self in the commissioner place would you want that to happen to you. Out so in the public stop thinking politically and think like an individual living in this small but hypocritical country call Barbados.

  4. lynda June 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

    well said cynthia….from the time the election finish…confusion, confusion confusion!!!lay off, stores closing down,taxi drivers, and people all over bim complaining. housing ministry finances unaccounted for(michael lashley)finance minister playing bo pee with people’s lives…the economy in shambles, what the hell is going on???????do little ent saying nothing.i know one thing for sure..if the arm forces take “A STAND” against what is going on this piece of rock will be ungovernable…..LORD HAVE MERCY ON BAJANS

  5. Tonia June 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Thank God for some clarity. It is really important that these issues and the procedures which govern them are made clear because many Barbadians are being misled. John Public does not know the law and so for those who have come forward to explain what it is in this particular case and what the Constitution says are doing a great good. Way to go, Ms. De Peiza and all those who seek to clarify the issue.


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