Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Police Act to be amended post-COVID-19 restrictions for 2 Deputy COPs

Attorney General Dale Marshall (FILE)

Attorney General Dale Marshall (FILE)

The Attorney General Dale Marshall calls it regrettable that the Police Act was not amended prior to the appointment of a second deputy commissioner of police (DCOP).

He did not say that the government dropped the ball in this respect but said in a statement:

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"We take note that the Police Act only speaks to a single Deputy Commissioner of Police, and it is, therefore, to be regretted that the required amendment did not take place in advance of this confirmation."

However, he insisted, "None of this though takes away from the necessity for the post as we work to improve the management of the Force or the fact that Williams is qualified for, and deserving of, the position."

The second Deputy Commissioner of Police is Oral Williams. Congratulating Williams and saying that he is deserving of the honour, the Attorney General said that this had to be done.

"This is in essence just one of a number of steps that will be taken to bring the RBPF in line with modern police management structures, and DCOP Williams is qualified and eminently suited for the post as well as the responsibilities that come with it, especially given the fact that previously he had performed with distinction while acting as deputy commissioner.

"I give Barbadians the assurance that once the strictures of COVID-19 allow us the space to resume sittings of Parliament, the necessary amendment will be made to the Police Act to give full effect to this decision."

Williams will head Administration and Human Resources as it relates to the Royal Barbados Police Force.

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