Officers from Magistrates Court transferred

Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle confirmed yesterday that eight police officers were transferred from their post at the Magistrates Court.

“I removed all the officers and replaced them with a new set of officers,” Rolle told The Nassau Guardian.

“I made a decision to make changes at the Magistrates Court as I’m doing throughout the force.”

He said 12 officers were sent to replace the outgoing officers.

The commissioner said it is “to ensure we have adequate security in the courts”.

The move follows the circulation of a video that showed men and women — not wearing masks or physically distancing — dancing on each other, reportedly at the Magistrates Court Complex and inside a courtroom.

Rolle said that matter is being investigated by Deputy Commissioner of Police Ismella Davis-Delancy.

Court officials have also launched an internal inquiry into the incident, Chief Justice Brian Moree and Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt said.

In a joint statement released on Friday, Moree and Ferguson-Pratt said some of the individuals in the video appear to be “members of the court staff while others do not appear to be employed by the judiciary”.

They described it as a “serious matter”, which requires their “urgent attention and action consistent with maintaining public confidence in the administration of justice”.

“The scenes shown on the video do not reflect the standards and professionalism of the members of the court staff in discharging their duties to the public,” Moree and Ferguson-Pratt said.

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