Davis criticizes police promotion exercise
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that the recent promotion of a large number of senior police officers demonstrated the hypocrisy of the government.
His comments came one day after 23 officers were promoted to the rank of chief superintendent, and 45 to the rank superintendent. Last week, three police officers were promoted to assistant commissioners of police.
“We see senior, experienced police officers, who still would have had a lot to offer, being sidelined on the premise that the force was too top-heavy,” Davis said.
“And then we then see on the back end of it these promotions that tend to not only preserve the status quo with the heaviness but appear to even do a bit more than just that. And the very report that they have been relying on was suggesting that promotions should be primarily premised on there being vacancies.
“…When the posts become vacant, then you expect promotions. But on the face of it, it appears to be defying all the things that were being said prior and it points to the hypocrisy of this regime.”
A manpower audit of the force found that the organization was too top-heavy with senior officers.
The audit, which was conducted in 2017, found that there was an 800-officer deficit in the rank of constable.
The audit noted that for the rank of chief superintendent, “the RBPF policy has job descriptions for only 11 head officers, but 23 persons hold this rank”.
It recommended that only 11 officers hold that post as a “review of the rank structure and associated primary duties revealed absolutely no differences in the job descriptions of superintendents and chief superintendents”.
It also found that the promotional practices on the force are “outdated, lack consistency and standardization”.
Following the audit, the force’s top brass was gutted when eight senior officers, including then-Deputy Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour, were sent on leave.