AG wants fair system of promotions

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has called for fairness and transparency within the Royal Barbados Police Force during the decision-making process on promotions.

Brathwaite told an awards ceremony for the Northern Division at the weekend that when he took up office, there was much contention over the issue of a lack of fairness on promotions.

“I’ve been working with two police commissioners over the last couple of years and I’ve said to them, ‘we must ensure that there’s as much transparency as possible with respect to promotions’,” he said.

Brathwaite told police officers that there also have been several queries as to whether qualified officers should be given priority over unqualified colleagues, but he noted that while complaints were expected “from time to time”, all officers who apply should be given a fair chance of advancing within the system.

“Because, as you all know, every officer wants to be promoted. It means a difference not only in terms of their individual aspirations, but usually it signals also an increase in remuneration and that’s why many of them work as hard as they do,” he said.

The Attorney General said Government was working with its international partners to increase access to training for officers, in light of the increasingly sophisticated criminal activity.

“We recognize and appreciate that with the changing crime situation and in particular with the whole issue of cybercrime we need to ensure that our officers are on the cutting edge of training.”

Brathwaite had high praise for the Force for its work in containing crime levels in recent years. He pointed specifically to the Drug Squad which, he said, had contributed to a significant increase in drug-related charges.

“The fact is that this country has not been overrun by crime over the last couple years… Statistically, we’ve had last year a 13 or 14 per cent increase.  But much of the [containment] has had to do with the hard work and dedication of certain departments and I single out the Drug Squad as one.  When one looks at the number of charges, the number of interceptions etc. I think it was probably about a 300 per cent [increase] from 2014,” Brathwaite said. 

3 Responses to AG wants fair system of promotions

  1. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty March 16, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Much respect to the Royal Barbados Police Force, in its efforts and determination in ensure that the citizens of Barbados continue to live in a safe and secure environment, and particularly the Drug Squad, for its exceptional work. Good going guys I am behind you all 100%!

  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 16, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Mr. Atorney General, in order to be fair the entire system needs to have the type of transparency and stipulations that would make it uncompromising. So, if you want fairness in the promotion system then let an independent body be responsible for determining who gets promotions or not. I would suggest a jury duty type of system, where citizens from around the island are selected to review the files and records of candidates and make their selections base on the merits or demerits. You would easily eliminate the biases and favouritism out of the existing system. And those deserving of promotion will simply be promoted without favour or fuss.

  3. Sue Donym March 16, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    ” I think it was probably about…” On the ball as usual, AG.

    @Sunshine Sunny Shine, your method would probably also eliminate standards and consistency.
    Most personnel files are considered to have confidential elements as well as sector/industry jargon and notations that would require a lot of explanation.
    The effort taken to brief selectors on guidelines, codes of conduct and infractions and penalties might be massive. And that’s not even considering friends and family ties or worse, revenge-based decisions.


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