Sources: Barbados Police Commissioner Dottin To Get Fat Retirement Package In Exchange For Taking The Fall

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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.

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28 responses to “Sources: Barbados Police Commissioner Dottin To Get Fat Retirement Package In Exchange For Taking The Fall

  1. Mary Joe Kirton

    Poor guy, at least ya got to give it to him, he started off with his fired up ” no tolerance from ZRs” and “Get vendors off the road” mentality…

    ….im the new boss in town approach.

    Now he is just a sucker like rest before him, and the rest after him, boy I love polytriks.

  2. Jerome Hinds

    Well if this story is true…….then let’s shout hooray for Owen Arthur !

    Some years ago on the steps of government headquarters in Bay street Owen Arthur used foul language to get a nation reporter off the compound. The police on duty wrote a report of the incident……would you believe that Darwin Dottin sitting at his desk in James Street said that the incident never took place !

    If the BFP report as given above is true…..then every Bajan at home & above should SHUDDER !

    Because in essence such action clearly demonstrates that Owen Arthur wish to have the RBPF remain in clutches…..despite telling them they are not ” Special ” !

    But if you can keep someone loyal by given the hefty inducements……..at some point they do care if you call them special or not !

    Such action is setting up the apparatus for a
    ” Police State ” !

    Something…..Robert Mugabe would recognise & be proud of !

  3. Why are you guys surprise? Did you all not hear former C.O.P say that his hands were tied? Did you take that to mean that it was his hands personally or the Office of the C.O.P? and, and isn’t the C.O.P at his core a policeman? and did Owen Arthur not tell them all that they are not special? why the surprise??? Those that do not learn their history are dammed to repeat it. I do not know what would have Led Darwin Dotting to think that he would have more power than all the others before him. In Barbados adherein to the law is not for the law makers.

  4. cs33ca

    GETTING USE TO IT:

    When a story is on BFP, it is news!…when it is in The Nation, it’s history.

    Sorry, Nation…you have to try harder!

  5. Perceived Corruption

    More perceived corruption.

  6. No-Name

    The next couple weeks will confirm whether this story is true. BFP must be the biggest headache fowlmouth Owen Arthur has had in his political career.
    I can never understand why he thinks that using the most fowl language is necessary. He is a disgrace!

    Owen or someone has really lislened the COP. I agree with previous post…..he came out very aggressively at the begining but he has certainly faded away …perhaps for good.

  7. reality check

    I wonder if “getting on board with the BLP ” means stuffing ballot boxes?

    In a small country dependent on the hand that feeds you the ballot boxes really need to be in the presence of scrutineers from both parties as well as the police from the point the ballot box is empty until the time the votes are counted. There can be no in between.

    Assume the worse and watch for the buying of votes as well. The DLP should be ready to have affidavits sworn both for the questionable judges on the island and international overseeing bodies.

  8. littleboy

    In 2003, some polling agents were prevented by the police from boarding the buses which took the ballot boxes to the counting stations.
    We heard DLP candidates complaining. Mascoll was to have raised a protest, but it never came about.
    Let us hope that it was a misunderstanding then , and we do not have a recurrence

  9. reality check

    the rules need to be set down before the call of an election and the police need to have signed onto the protocol in advance with both all parties.

    If not it will be a disaster and the fingers will be pointing, Don’t forget Florida, Forewarned is forearmed.

  10. Bush Tea

    What rules What?!

    reality check?
    This is the only country I know of, where each vote can be traced back to the individual voter.
    Can you imagine that your ID number is written on each vote ballot? Tom start dat.
    Who in Barbados does not think that certain interested persons checks on the allegiances of potential appointees, alleged friends, potential tenderers etc?

    And if no one checks…. WHY place the ID on the ballot slip?

    This is a country of ‘crookery’- and gullibility

  11. secret ballot

    What you say—ID numbers on each ballot?

    Sounds like a Police State

    Where is Transparency International?

  12. FamilyB

    This I could believe … sounds pretty familiar to the current Minister of Health’s pronouncements that the new board at the QEH will solve ALL the ills, usher in a new era of world peace, so on and so forth …

  13. De Orginal

    Good news the police force and the country can well do without him.

  14. farmer

    I AM AT A LOSS TO UNDERSTAND TODAY’S NATION BACK PAGE. IN IT THERE IS A PICTURE OF WARRING GANGS IN THE PINE MAKING SOME KIND OF PEACE PACT. IN THE PICTURE ALSO IS HAMILTON LASHLEY ALONG WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE POLICE FORCE. ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT THE POLICE KNEW ALL ALONG WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE THAT WERE SHOOTING UP OTHERS UNDER THE GUISE OF GANGS.
    WHY AREN’T THEY BEING ARRESTED INSTEAD OF BE MADE OUT TO BE GOOD GUYS??? GOD HELP BARBADOS!!!!!

  15. Yardbroom

    farmer

    I have not as yet seen the picture to which you refer, but if this is true, it does not bode well for Barbados, in terms of Law Enforcement.

    On the surface it might appear well meaning, but a close analysis would indicate, it gives a level of importance and public sanction, to those who are unworthy of it.

    People who transgress the law, and are a general nuisance to the public at large, after fair warning should be arrested and brought before the courts, to do otherwise, sows the seeds of disorder and conflict, it also sets a bad example to those who can be easily influenced.

    In Los Angeles, London and Brazil in particular, experience has taught us, that to be entangled with gangs does little for the public good, and we should never give the slightest glint of approval, to people who seek to live outside the bounds of the law, as known by ordinary citizens.

    After fair warning arrest them, let them do their negotiating from the prison.

  16. Wishing in Vain

    This is my question why are ID numbers written onto the stubs of the ballots??? is it to cross check them at a later date to see who voted for who??
    It is a shame if Mr Dottin has to go thru political pressures he is an honest and sincere man more than we can say about any of them in office at this time, but more importantly he has tried his hardest to bring some law and order to our land even if he has been affected in his attempts by those in power.

  17. Peltdown Man

    I would never cast a vote on a ballot that gave any means to identify me. This ID thing has to be checked, because I can’t believe that it is so. Last time I voted, the election officer at the ballot box sat with what I presume were agents from each party. He requested that the ballot be folded in 2 and put in the box in a certain way. I realised that this gave him and the political agents a chance to see the “X” through the paper and ascertain who the vote is for. So I put it in so that they could not see it. Just a heads-up.

  18. Martsie

    I cannot believe it! Where did this news come from? I am of the view that the Farmer has made an interesting contribution as well as Adrian… you guys seem to be on the button. i will wait this one out since the new COP will be an interesting choice. Would someone check the legal issue regarding whether or not the government can off-handishly grant a VERY FAT RETIREMENT PACKAGE. Awaits views of fellow commentators.

  19. Wishing in Vain

    Secondly I have seen in the papers where after many years of no action with regards to unsolved murders I see that Mr Dottin has stated that these cases have been reopened and he has a task force assigned to handle these cases.
    I raised this on this site about two weeks ago asking why was Mr Bryte St.John never charged with the murder of Mr Pele Parris??
    I know that much time has passed but when you are dealing with peoples lives justice needs to be done, and reopening and dealing with these unsolved murders gets my full support, maybe now without his father Bree around to full the party strings justice will finally be done.
    Does this new development also mean that they will fully investigate why it was that the PM Adams could die under unusual circumstances and never have a post mortem carried out?? Maybe if the body were to be exhumed it would still be in tack as if he was poisoned and new testing could be done to find out what poison was used to kill him!!!

  20. Wishing in Vain

    Can we inspire Police Commissioner Dottin to launch a full scale investigation into the level of corruption taking place in this island??
    Or the FBI or Scotland Yard someone help us from this pain and suffering.
    Let us start at the Jail and then we look into those overpriced changing rooms built by Liz Thompson’s husband and lifeguard stations and then into Mottley’s noturnal activities, into Lynch’s massive turn around in his funds and his connection with Carnival Cruise lines as a possible source of part of his new found wealth and his plantation house, into Glyne Clarke and his living quarters, the part Nicholls, Bannister, Storey and Owing played in the flyovers and jail projects after all they insisted in having a commission built into the quotation for the gang of crooks at least we still have a few honest businessmen around who opted to decline and the result the contract went to VECO and the list goes on
    My plea to you Mr Dottin is to arrest and charge them with fraud if you have the guts as I have no doubt that the evidence is at hand just the will power to enforce the law is missing!!!

  21. Wishing in Vain

    There is nothing more that I would love to see take place!!!

  22. Wishing in Vain

    Lets also seek to investigate this matter of the $ 12 million on these trams and charge who needs to be charged for steling from us the taxpayers of this nation , Nicholls hold on tight this is going to a rough ride.

  23. Wishing in Vain

    As Mr Tom Adams was in power and ruling with an iron fist this comment is timely as he had also to assist in the cover up that was involved in this case.
    I have seen in the papers where after many years of no action with regards to unsolved murders I see that Mr Dottin has stated that these cases have been reopened and he has a task force assigned to handle these cases.
    I raised this on this site about two weeks ago asking why was Mr Bryte St.John never charged with the murder of Mr Pele Parris??
    I know that much time has passed but when you are dealing with peoples lives justice needs to be done, and reopening and dealing with these unsolved murders gets my full support, maybe now without his father Bree around to full the party strings justice will finally be done.
    Does this new development also mean that they will fully investigate why it was that the PM Adams could die under unusual circumstances and never have a post mortem carried out?? Maybe if the body were to be exhumed it would still be in tack as if he was poisoned and new testing could be done to find out what poison was used to kill him!!!
    Or Maybe it was Miss Murphy that he beat with a garden hose and broke her hand that inflicted the punishment on him who knows what happened only beacuse they never permitted a post mortem to be performed.

  24. Thistle

    You don’t really believe that hogwash about all these old murder cases being reopened, do you? I will believe it when I see it. Another political ploy to divert peoples’ minds from the pressing issues. After an “investigation” we’ll hear that nothing new emerged! Oh-blah-de-oh-blah-da, life goes on.

  25. Wishing in Vain

    But can you just imagine how nice it would be for all those relatives that are awaiting closure??
    The funny thing is in some of these cases the murderers are know to the general public but because of the drug connections are never brought to justice this comes to the fore in cases like the same Pele Parris and the Gillian Bayne murders, why should these murders not be brought to justice and put behind bars???

  26. Wishing in Vain

    Or he could busy himself arranging arrest warrants for Lynch, Mottley, Arthur, Atherly, Clarke et al for gross misconduct and dishonesty in carrying out the peoples business and massive corruption.
    The first charge ought to be against Arthur and have him respond to where that cheque for $ 750,000.00 went to and who was it written by???

  27. Wishing in Vain

    The Pele Parris murder needs to be resolved and the guilty ones be brought to justice or formally named.
    Why should Bryte St.John walk around free having been involved a such a serious matter?
    Why because his father had politicial clout and he used that clout to avoid having his son face the gallows and to discredit he Bree?
    No it is time that this nonsense comes to an end, I have the greatest respect for Mr Dottin and I honestly hope that he will do the right thing and finally charge Bryte St.John and what was Delise Bradshaws role in this matter we need to know that as well.
    As for the first residents of Dodds my suggestion would be for them to lock up Owing, Mottley for stealing millions from us with this same project, Lynch for his corruption and deals with Carnival, Liz Thompson and her husband for raping us with that bath contract, Clarke for taking bribes.
    Then all those involved in the flyovers, the prison, the buliding that has taking 6 years to build and still not finished at Newton,Walcott for loitering in the ministry of health while collecting a healthy salary( pardon the pun), Dale Marshall for gross mismanaghement of public funds and you want more reasons for putting this gang of crooks behind bars?

  28. Wishing in Vain

    Please come to our assistance Mr Dottin and do the right thing arrest and charge all of them that you know are guilty.