Prime Minister To Replace Commissioner Well In Advance Of Election Call
New Commissioner Has “Apolitical” Public Image
Two separate sources have contacted Barbados Free Press with information on a fast-developing story concerning the Commissioner of the Royal Barbados Police Force. The sources (one anonymous and one known to us) are consistent about the fact that Police Commissioner Dottin will soon be taking an extended leave of absence prior to announcing his retirement in September or so.
Both sources also say that with the many recent police foul-ups (Millennium Heights, Cricket World Cup Searches & QEH Reporter Arrests) it is thought that the public widely views Dottin and the police as highly politicised and incompetent. This is a significant liability for the Prime Minister that must be addressed well before the election.
The Prime Minister and his political advisors believe that if Dottin is replaced well before the coming election the Prime Minister can portray himself as “solving” the problem of incompetent and overbearing police actions through a new Commissioner.
This new Commissioner has already been chosen and is perceived as being apolitical, very outgoing and well liked by all sides. (Note that the emphasis is on changing the leadership “face” of the police but not changing the organization itself. We’re only talking about public perception here, not real change.)
The fall guy of course is the current Commissioner of Police, but again according to both sources Commissioner Dottin will receive a “very fat” & “unbelievable” retirement package to keep him happy and silent.
Both sources say this will happen very soon because the election is expected in November and it will take some months for the word to get out to the public that things have changed.
Here our sources differ on how Commissioner Dottin is taking the news. One source has him morose and angry that he is being cast aside to facilitate an election campaign some years before he wants to retire. This source also says there is some special reason why Commissioner Dottin wants to attend a big police conference in New Orleans this coming October and that something will be spoiled for him if he does not hold his current position at the time of the conference.
The other source says that Dottin is so pleased with his extraordinary retirement package that he is encouraging “the boys” to get on board with the BLP and to assist the party in any way possible during and before the coming election.
What’s the truth about these rumours? Who knows!
The one truth about Barbados is that we are a small island and it is difficult to keep anything secret for very long.