Florida Sheriff Scandal Has Barbados Police Connection – Questions Need Answering By Barbados Police

Corrupt Florida Sheriff & Associates Trained Barbados Anti-Terror and Drug Police

A top U.S. federal prosecutor is leading a joint investigation of Chief Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne and his hand-picked deputies on corruption charges that include Jenne's activities in providing training for the Royal Barbados Police Force anti-terror and drug sections.

While there is no allegation of intentional wrong-doing on the part of any Barbados Police personnel at this time, Barbados Free Press has uncovered serious questions that need answering by senior RBPF management.

Corrupt Sheriff Gave Speech At Barbados Police Graduation Ceremony

It is disturbing to learn that the senior Florida Sheriff who helped train RBPF officers and even gave a Spring 2005 speech at a RBPF Graduating Ceremony is now under investigation for extensive corrupt practices over a long period. It is also disturbing that the Royal Barbados Police Force utilized the services of an outside training agency that made improper payments to senior American police management. ("Improper payments" is a polite term for "illegal bribes")

The Miami Herald details the Barbados connection in a story "Top Feds On Jenne's Case"

…In one job, Jenne was paid $4,000 by a Broward Sheriff's Office vendor, Innovative Surveillance Technologies, to develop training services for the Barbados police force. Top BSO commanders, Tom Carney and Tom Brennan — Jenne's partners in his consulting firm, Havloc LLC — oversaw the development of the training courses and provided a list of deputies qualified to conduct the classes.

Sources familiar with the deal have told investigators that the anti-terrorism and drug-training lesson plans were written up by three deputies at BSO headquarters while on duty. At least seven deputies — including those three — took BSO computers, training tapes, satellite phones and radios to the Barbados sessions.

In addition to paying Jenne, Innovative paid the BSO deputies about $1,000 each to train the Barbados police officers.

Jenne's consulting firm also did work for a New York-based security company, T&M Protection Resources of New York, that advised the Seminole Indian tribe and paid the sheriff $60,000…

There is much more to the story and it can be seen that Sheriff Jenne and the companies he is associated with have a track record of arranging and/or accepting improper kickbacks for serving police personnel with everybody involved taking a little piece of the action.

Why Did The Barbados Police Use A Private Training Agency?

According to media accounts, the Royal Barbados Police Force contracted with a U.S. company called Innovative Surveillance Technologies (IST) to provide anti-terrorism, drug squad and other training to RBPF officers. IST then made illegal payments to Senior US police officers and their hand-picked deputies to design courses, manuals and provide training to RBPF anti-terror and drug units.

One source states that the courses and manuals provided to the RBPF were basically just copied from the Broward Florida Sheriff's Department – which makes sense. The question then arises as to why the Royal Barbados Police Force chose to hire a private company to train its personnel and provide reference materials – rather than utilizing the many international government-sponsored training resources available to accredited policing organizations.

What About Commissioner Dottin's Contacts With International Policing Organizations?

If the RBPF needed anti-terror and drug squad manuals, why wouldn't Commissioner Dottin just pick up the phone and speak with one of his comrades from the International Association of Chiefs of Police? Why wouldn't he contact one of his classmates from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Senior Officers' Course – or from the Police Staff College in Bramshill, England? Both England and the United States have extensive international police training programmes. Even the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are involved in international police training.

With all the training and resources available to Barbados through accredited policing organizations, why did we pay a private agency? And… how much did we pay… and to whom and for what exactly?

Barbados Police Hired Corrupt People & Companies – So Now The Public Trust Demands Some After-The-Fact Accountability & Transparency

Barbados Free Press assumes that the RBPF was acting in good faith when it hired the corrupt company Innovative Surveillance Technologies (IST) to provide training to our officers. But now that IST has been found to have provided improper payments to corrupt serving U.S. police officers, it is necessary for the RBPF to explain it's actions to the public and to provide an accounting.

The public trust demands nothing less than transparency and accountability – especially when the RBPF (unitentionally) associated itself with a corrupt private company and corrupt policing officials from another jurisdiction.

We Call Upon RBPF Commissioner Dottin To Do The Following…

We Call Upon RBPF Commissioner Dottin To Do The Following…

– Explain to the public why a private company was hired to train RBPF officers when so much training and management consulting is available to Barbados through accredited international policing organizations.

– Explain to the public why a private company was hired to provide the RBPF officers with training manuals and reference materials that were basically just copied from another policing organization.

– Explain what, if any steps, were taken by senior RBPF management to obtain appropriate training and resource materials from accredited international policing organizations rather than a private company.

– Detail what payments were made to IST or other private companies for training, resources or equipment.

– Reveal any monies or gifts received by any RBPF personnel from private companies or persons associated with the providing of training, resources or equipment to the RBPF.

Reference Links

Miami Herald April 11, 2006 "Top Feds On Jenne's Case"

Miami Herald April 16, 2006 "The Time To Go Has Come For BSO's Jenne"

Neil Rogers Show "Inquiry Widens Into Broward Sheriff's Moonlighting"

Miami Herald (Google Cache) "Jenne's Business Is Under Federal Scrutiny"


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