Police Officers Suing Cricket World Cup For Their Own Faults
To the Police Association: Good luck in court. You’ll need it.
Officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force are suing Cricket World Cup over the fact that RBPF officers allowed themselves to be searched by unemployed housewives acting as part-time security guards at the March 5th warm-up match.
Barbados Free Press has already provided our opinion that this was the fault of the involved police officers and their on-site and senior leadership. (See our stories here, here and here)
We had more of the same sort of street level and senior police management incompetence just a few days ago when police abandoned a female victim of domestic violence for four days – because a security guard at an upscale gated community refused to let them in to attend to the victim’s call for help. (See BFP’s story here)
It is unforgivable that a female victim should be denied police assistance for FOUR DAYS because both the patrol officers and senior management lacked knowledge and confidence in their powers and authority.
Think about the idiocy by all the police involved – right from the first responding officers, to their supervisors and right up the chain to the Commissioner.
And now the police want to sue Cricket World Cup when the reality is that senior police management failed to provide adequate training and leadership to patrol officers – making the officers incompetent and unable to handle a basic question of chain of command. (Look at the smile on the officer allowing himself to be searched. Does he look like he has a case in court? He didn’t even have enough knowledge at the time to know he was being an idiot. I rest my case!)
In our opinion, the Police Association is suing the wrong entity. They should be suing Commissioner Dottin and senior police management for failing to provide adequate legal training and effective management & supervision. They should also be suing police management and their political masters for failing to adequately define the chain of command during joint operations with foreign government and private security forces.
This is obviously a systemic problem throughout the Royal Barbados Police Force. If the case ever makes it to court, it could be the best thing that ever happened to policing in Barbados – because the defense lawyers are going to rip police senior management to shreds.
Finally! Police Association Rebels Against Unclear & Improper Chain Of Command
Once bitten, twice shy. It is about time that the Police Association woke up from it’s sleep. Police officers are threatening to withdraw services for Cricket World Cup and we don’t blame them in the least.
Cricket World Cup wants the individual officers to sign an unclear contract with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Cricket World Cup. At issue is a clause which absolves the ICC and CWC of responsibility for any injury or loss to a police officer, but the bigger issues are … Who Is In Charge? What Is The Chain Of Command? Who Are The Officers Really Working For? Why Aren’t They Covered For Injuries As They Are Normally? Who Is Libel For What?
Why Do The Officers Have To Sign Individual Contracts In The First Place?
This is absurd. By allowing the officers to sign individual contracts, the senior management of the Royal Barbados Police Force is abandoning it’s officers to fight their own legal battles with CWC and IOC if something goes wrong. Cricket World Cup should have contracted with the Royal Barbados Police Force so the officers would be fully covered and there would be no questions about chain of command, responsibilities and liabilities.
Senior management of the Royal Barbados Police Force have shown that they are amateurs working at a senior level. Throughout the debacles with Cricket World Cup organisers, they haven’t cared enough about the welfare of their officers to take charge. This latest contract stupidity is just the latest in a long line of shameful incidents.
God Bless the street-level officers, because they have no effective leadership. Commissioner Dottin and other senior police management only cower in fright of their political masters.
The Nation News, April 8, 2007
THE POLICE are taking Cricket World Cup (CWC) officials to court over the controversial searching of officers at the March 5 warm-up match at the 3Ws Oval.
That decision was taken yesterday during an emergency meeting of the Police Association at Police Band headquarters at District “A” Police Station.
The action by private security guards at the University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus ground led to widespread public condemnation.
“Some officers have informed us they feel deeply hurt by what occurred; but more importantly, they feel there are several issues arising out of the incident which need to be addressed, including issues regarding the role, powers and functions of the police as well as the sovereignty not only of the Police Force but of the nation as a whole,” the association’s attorney Amiri Dear, of Thompson and Associates, told the SUNDAY SUN after the extraordinary meeting.
“And as such we will be taking the appropriate steps to have these issues fully ventiliated,” she said.
In another development, police officers were also threatening to withdraw their services for Wednesday’s first official CWC match at Kensington Oval over a major contractual dispute.
The move follows a directive from the association to its members not to sign an accreditation contract from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and CWC.
… continue reading this article at The Nation News (link here)
… and a jigger of rum to The Barbados Underground for alerting us to this story.