Barbados police chief charged with misconduct
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday September 3, 2010 – Barbados’ Police Commissioner is facing four charges of professional misconduct but he has signalled his intention to fight the “untrue” allegations to the end.
The Police Service Commission (PSC) has accused Darwin Dottin of: stating a falsehood, that a suspended police sergeant did not have use of a Government car while on suspension; requesting that disciplinary charges against that same officer be dropped despite being told the matter was sub judice (being heard by the court); disclosing official information from Jamaica’s Deputy Commissioner of Police Waynemore Hinds to a local newspaper editor who used the information in a story published on March 25th; and repeated failures to brief Deputy Commissioner of Police Bertie Hinds when proceeding on leave.
The PSC reportedly took the action following complaints from Deputy Commissioner Hinds.
But Commissioner Dottin has hit back in an affidavit filed in the High Court to get an injunction against PSC taking any action.
He called the claims “untrue” and “trivial” and made an allegation of his own – that the PSC was biased when dealing with issues submitted by him and his deputy.
“They invariably act on those of Deputy Commissioner Hinds,” Dottin charged.
He further described what he said was Hinds’ continuous attempts to make complaints to the PSC as “an unnecessary and unfortunate distraction that ultimately takes the attention of the senior command of the force away from its core responsibilities of keeping the country safe”.
As for the allegation that he gave official information to the Nation newspaper’s Tim Slinger, the Police Commission said he did not understand what the problem was since there was nothing confidential about the information and it had already been published in the Jamaica media.
This is not the first time that the public would have seen the two most senior officers in the Royal Barbados Police Force openly disagreeing.
Back in March, Hinds said he had decided to grant the requisite licences for promoters who were bringing in Jamaican dancehall artistes Vybz Kartel and Mavado. But Commissioner Dottin, who said he learned of the decision via radio, said he had not made any such decision and that his deputy had breached protocol.
The show was eventually cancelled.