Commissioner of Police (CoP) of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), Darwin Dottin, has apparently been sent on administrative leave, following a recommendation from the Police Service Commission (PSC) that he be 'retired in the public interest'.
The chief cop is 63 years old, and would have had a further 4 years before retirement, if not forced to do so.
It is interesting that the most senior member of the police force has been retired, yet there is no word from the Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart, nor his Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite.
The country has, however, heard word from its Opposition leader Mia Mottley who has stated, "The action taken today (Monday) to send the Commissioner of Police on administrative leave pending a recommendation from the Police Service Commission (PSC), that he be retired in the public interest is unprecedented in the history of modern Barbados. This is another aspect of the rapidly emerging Barbados with the type of leadership to which we are not accustom..."
Public Interest Dismissal
In a letter dated June 17, 2013, and signed by the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mr. Guyson Mayers, it stated in part, "I write to inform you that His Excellency, Sir Elliot Fitzroy Belgrave, GCMC, KA, Governor General of Barbados, has been advised by the Police Service Commission to exercise the power conferred upon him by section 11 (1) (a) of the Pensions Act, Cap, 25, and requested that you, in the public interest be retired from the office of Commissioner of Police."
The Governor General in the letter requested that all evidence against Mr. Dottin be forwarded to him in 21 days, and 28 days after that that he be able to make any rebuttals to the PSC's decisions in the matter.
The letter further stated, "His Excellency is, however, of the view, that you should be placed on administrative leave with immediate effect, today June 17, 2013, until further notice."
Mayers also informed Dottin that, "Tyrone Griffith, Assistant Commissioner of Police will act as Commissioner of Police with effect from today, June 17, 2013, until further notice".
June 20, 2013 Commissioner Dottin turned to the High Court of Barbados, filing a fixed date claim and an application for an injunction according to Barbados TODAY investigations, against the Governor-General and the Police Service Commission on the matter. The matter will be heard before Justice Margaret Reifer next week.