Montserrat cops under review

BRADES, Montserrat, Friday May 11, 2012 – The Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) is currently undergoing a review by a three-man team led by Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) law enforcement advisor Larry Covington.
 
Governor Adrian Davis, with the approval of the Cabinet, agreed to invite an outside team to review the operations of the island’s police service following incidents that have led to internal reviews of police officers and the resignation of Paul Morris, Deputy Commissioner of Police.
 
The three-man team comprises Covington; Alwin James, the Acting Deputy Commissioner from the British Virgin Islands, and Deputy Commissioner Tony Ennis from the Cayman Islands.
 
The team will meet with a range of key persons with the aim of making recommendations to support the Royal Montserrat Police Service by looking at the strategic, tactical and operational competencies of the force and delivery of service.

Former Deputy Commissioner Morris gave no reason for his resignation earlier this year.  During his tenure he was responsible for the overall administration of the RMPS including training, development and budget. He previously served as superintendent of police from 2000 to 2004.

His resignation came in the wake of RMPS officer Sergeant Ottley Laborde being charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, wounding, disorderly conduct and threatening language, stemming from an incident in December last year.

The former commissioner led the investigation into the police brutality case and worked with visiting officers to complete the final report.

A public version of the current review team’s report will be made available, according to the governor’s office. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)