PSC defends police promotions

As controversy heats up over yesterday’s temporary promotions in the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Police Service Commission (PSC) says no “dirty Press” will stop it from carrying out its mandate.

Chairman of the PSC Guyson Mayers told Barbados TODAY this morning that the commission’s mandate was clear – the appointment of the Police Commissioner and members of the higher ranks.

His comments came against the background of the promotions having been approved by the PSC at a time when a group of officers is contesting a case in the High Court against the same commission for excluding them from promotions two years ago. Those 15 police officers, 14 of whom are represented by Queen’s Counsel Ralph Thorne, were also exempted from yesterday’s acting temporary appointments.

The court had previously ruled against any further appointments or promotions in the force until the current case was determined.

In responding to the latest promotions, Thorne was highly critical of the PSC’s decision, describing it as contempt of court and shameful for the Office of the Attorney General. However, the PSC chairman defended his agency’s decision to approve the Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith’s recommendations.

“They [the group of disgruntled police officers] have stopped the promotions [through the court]. The Acting Commission can’t manage the force without supervisors. He made the recommendations to us and we approved them, which is what usually happens,” argued Mayers.

“No dirty Press will stop us from carrying out our mandate and our mandate is clear.”

Asked if the new temporary promotions did not constitute contempt of court or otherwise had implications for those officers who had been overlooked in the first place, he replied: “I don’t think so, otherwise they [disgruntled officers] would have told the court so, but if they think so, they have access to the court.”

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