COP: Beware of division in the Force

The island’s top cop today warned of forces within the ranks of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) seeking to cause division, as he announced the first round of appointments in six years.

Amid reports of a group of lawmen being disgruntled at being omitted from the promotions announced this afternoon, Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith cautioned his officers against allowing “a small core of persons” to divide the Force.

“There are many rumours [but] let me say up front that all you members here this afternoon that are being elevated, were recommended by this Commissioner and the Board for elevation,” he told the 72 police officers who were presented with their letters of appointments during a ceremony at the District ‘A’ Police Station.

Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith (right) gives letter of promotion to Victor Brewster (left) who moves from Station Sergeant to Inspector.
Jennifer Gibson (left) moves from Constable to Sergeant.

“But I have to also say there were other members who were also recommended and I am not in a position at this time to say whether they, too, will be elevated and when . . . only to say that there were other members of the Force who were seen in a very similar light.”

Griffith further urged members of the RBPF not to be side-tracked by detractors, bearing in mind that the promoted officers did not have the power to elevate themselves.

“There is a small core of persons who from time to time seek to divide this beautiful organization, and it is for you and those of you who are not elevated, who consider yourselves deserving of elevation, not to allow that small core of people to divide you,” the police chief said.

He added that the competition for promotion is always very keen, given that the majority of RBPF members work extremely hard to ensure that Barbados and visitors are safe.

“So the challenge is always difficult to determine who should be elevated. But we do a very thorough job and we take a number of factors into consideration,” Griffith said, adding that he hoped the administration of the Force got it right at the end of the day.

The beaming top cop, who was flanked by Assistant Commissioners William Yearwood, Colvin Bishop and Lila Strickland, congratulated the new ranks, telling them the Force would be better off after today because they would do “exceedingly well”.

In his “send-off” remarks, Assistant Commissioner Yearwood, who is in charge of operations, reminded the law enforcers that he depended on them to execute their duties across the island.

“Receiving a promotion should be something that inspires you to continue in the vein in which you first came to this Force. I always told any gathering of police officers that I address, that when I put on this uniform, a uniform of the Royal Barbados Police Force, I always have the same feeling I had with my course mates in barracks,” the senior police officer said.

Fifty Constables were promoted to Sergeant, 16 Sergeants to Station Sergeant and six Station Sergeants to Inspector.

9 Responses to COP: Beware of division in the Force

  1. Carl February 17, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Congratulations to all who were elevated. May God bless you in your new roles and may they seek His guidance as they fulfill their new mandate.

  2. BIG SKY February 17, 2018 at 10:45 am

    The officers being promoted are beaming with pride and joy.RBPF officers do a good job and can be counted on at any time to respond to a persons need.

  3. Alex Alleyne February 17, 2018 at 11:06 am

    World wide you always hear about a “special” force within the Police Force.
    Could be different but serve the same .

  4. Ossie Moore February 17, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Congrats to all on a job being well done , you really do deserve your promotions.

    . . . . Oh ! and BTW ( by the way ) Chief Griffith don’t forget to give the recently promoted a special class on human descriptions because your experienced officers don’t seem to know how to describe their own race ( black Barbadians ).

    Instead of describing black Barbadians the way you would describe wild jungle animals such as lions , tigers , chimpanzees , monkeys , giraffes , elephants such as having :

    round heads
    large foreheads
    large nose
    big mouth
    large teeth
    big lips
    dark skin
    bow legs or walks with an erect stance

    Below are International descriptions used by other professional world agencies such as The FBI , Interpol ,CIA etc.:

    age of person
    Height and weight
    Location last seen
    Tpye of distinguishing marks on skin ( tattoo , etc )
    Clothing being worn , etc etc.

    Again , congrats to all.

  5. Ossie Moore February 17, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    .. . . . . .one more thing Chief Griffith , the Barbados media ( Barbados Today and Nation News ) says that they only use those ” wild animal ” descriptions because they are given to them by your PAO.

    The finger pointing continues . . . . .

  6. hcalndre February 17, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Ossie Moore; that`s what they learned from their colonizers and masters, check out the parliament code and customs, the wigs that are being worn by the judges and you would understand that nothing has changed after 50 of their Independence.

  7. Ossie Moore February 17, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    To hcalndre :

    Everything that I have been saying in the past months you just made complete sense of it in just one paragraph. Very well said hcalndre , I could not have said it any better .

    But as you can tell hcalndre , the ” black Barbadians ” are not even supporting these comments which affect and relate to them and that has boggled my mind completely .

    A few weeks ago two reports , one about an RH sign on a bus bench and the other about tinted car windows drew more responses from Barbadians than these comments about being described as wild jungle animals.

    What am I missing here ?

  8. straight talk February 17, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    This is real crunch time everything happening. What next?

  9. Ossie Moore February 17, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    straight talk :This is real crunch time everything happening. What next?

    Ossie : Please explain what you mean.


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