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Nov 2, 2011

Police promotions legit

Dean Barrow

And though the Police Department had fewer murders to solve in the past two months, it doesn’t mean they don’t have their fair share of internal issues to iron out. Recently, eight officers sought legal advice over promotions that they thought were unfair. They cited the results of a recent exam as proof of the unilateral decisions taken by the Commissioner of Police. But the Prime Minister explained that it’s not the police commissioner on his own who decided on the promotion list.

Dean Barrow

“A mix, an amalgam, of factors that’s taken into account in deciding on the promotions that nobody could have had any even legitimate expectations that once I passed the exam, I will have to be promoted. The Minister of Public Service brought to cabinet a copy of—I don’t know if it was policy document or a rules based document that certainly satisfied me and it makes practical sense. You might take an exam and you pass with flying colors but out in the fields, you are a dead head, dodo bird. They can’t stop you from take the exam, but that the leadership of the department might well say, man I can’t promote you.”

Jules Vasquez

“The decisions that Mr. Jeffries is making and continues to make, on promotions for example, have an effect going forward. And if his time is at an end and replacement is at hand, does he then have the moral authority to do so?”

Dean Barrow

“When I was in school, we had a Principal, Father Hurt, an English man, actually the father of John Hurt, the actor; and unfortunately I was very poor at mathematics—couldn’t do mi sums right. And so he used to come round with ih pencil with eraser and ina my head; daft daft daft. Bwai you di ask some daft questions. You deposit some daft positions. Anyways, I don’t know. The bottom line, first of all, it is not the commissioner who decides on promotions. There is in fact as I understand it, a promotions board so the commissioner noh unilaterally decide on a single soul to be promoted. When you di talk bout sergeants to inspectors; that goes to the public services commission. Before you get there, there is the promotions board. in terms of constables to corporals, corporals to sergeants, there is again the promotions board and then based on that assessment and evaluation done by the commissioner and others who are involved with the board and who are involved in the leadership of the police department. I don’t know what you got with Mister Jeffries you know, but I don’t want you di bring me and the government into that because it sounds like a personal problem to me.”

Anthony Sylvestre, attorney for the aggrieved officers, told News Five that his first course of action would be to write the commissioner seeking a revision of the promotions.

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18 Responses for “Police promotions legit”

  1. Bulba Martinez says:

    Wow, soh in your own words Mr. Prime Minister, one can easily say that the two Prosecuting Officers that were suppose to perform their legal duties in Court against the Swans family are promoted Dodo Birds?

  2. Lucas says:

    POLICE OFFICERS; GENTLEMEN: LISTEN WHAT YOUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF CALLS YOU.
    DEAD HEAD. DODO BIRDS. REMEMBER THAT NEXT TIME YOU ARE CALLED TO PROTECT HIS SORRY @$$.

  3. pinky says:

    Some Police Officers have time to be worrying about promotions just to get more pay or to get in a higher position to be able to get more bribe. What about poor John Public are they satisfied with the performance of the Police Department? They too should be a factor in deciding. C’mon Police Officers some a unu text more than how unu di watch wat d happen out deh….. blind as a bat…..

  4. ger says:

    Dean Barrow don’t know what he is talking about, because they have some hard working Constables and Corporals that are working here in San Ignacio but whatever Jeffries say to him it is classified as GOSPEL, please, once Jeffries hate you in this Department he will always try to bring you down and that is what he did to many deserving and hard working Police officers out of San Ignacio, once Jeffries don’t like you he will say a lot of bad things about you and since he is the Commissioner, they believe whatever he say, don’t you realized that he is taking you both Dough and Dean as an @$$, laughing at you both, shame and disgrace………………..

  5. OG_Rick says:

    Does anyone understand that lil story the PM was giving? Im at a loss what does father hurt hurting you have to do with the promotions…. besides what the hell is Daft man? Also wow! admitting u were poor at mathematics Im shocked as if no one new already! HAHA if I was a police I wud feel insulted…. :D If its about promotions this should be simple… the people with commendable test scores and experience and achievements should be promoted….. Ur intelligent, ur experienced and you have achieved police officers who have actually worked hard solved cases so on….. choose from that group and we will have no prob….. BTW my dear PM everyone in the police department should be qualified to be promoted there shant be any DODO Birds if u said they lacked experience or achievement or were just not overall outgoing in giving that extra or that shine I wud understand…. saying there Dodo birds means that ur admitting there are useless ppl in the police department who lack intelligence and cannot do their basic duties properly… inanimate and useless objects…. like having a expensive toaster that dont toast bread useless! :D (Im glad I cud share my views thank you Channel Five)

  6. Bulba Martinez says:

    Ger, I totally agree with you. Like everything else, there are hard working, honest & genuine Cops that also love what they’re doing and also tarnished by corruptions within the Department. What can we expect from the Prime Minister and the Commissioner?. They are both arrogant jack-a…s that don’t give a damn about subordinates or anyone for that matter. Not condoning in any wrong doings, but this is why we have Cops or Public Servants that don’t give a $#!% about professionalism and the beat goes on.

  7. belizeanpride says:

    thank you for sharing your part of bio that you pass on, seems you we’re a dumb kid from even school times and guess what you’re our pm now!! very interesting to know it. no wonder our country is screwed to the max, hope he did master the millions spend was calculated good or else it might be billions spent with this pm as head of the country.

  8. Be Real says:

    What is the use if you can pass an exam with flying colors. But when you are out on patrol you act like a dumb a55 or simpleton chancing people for no reason

  9. don't make me laugh says:

    That is a load of bull people don’t be led astray it ultimately boils down to the Commissioner who decides and hand picks his people and at times the Commissioner would get instruction from politicians on which names should be included on that promotion list. This I know for a fact which I wish I could say how. It’s true there is a promotion board and that it goes to public service commission but believe me that is just a sham and this is a known fact in the police department.

  10. CEO says:

    Mr PM you should use better words to describe your officers! Poor choice of words!

    If there are dead heads and dodo birds in the police force I would like to know how the heck they got in there in the first place? Didn’t they have to pass through training at the academy? Who was responsible for them to get in? Why wern’t they flushed out on the front side?

    If you are going to hold back someone for no good reason then why the heck will you have an exam. All promotions should come from within those that passed; simple! Anything other than this creole have a phrase for this “kisses bi fava” and for those of you who do not know creole “kisses by favor”. The man that may be clumsy in the field could be a very good number cruncher and assist with logistics and perhaps can write some very good policies and procedures; just an idea Mr PM. Use you men where they are bbest suited do not leave them to languish!

    This stincks!

  11. Fred says:

    Did anyone from Benque Police Station get promoted?

  12. don't make me laugh says:

    Come on how many more lies do you expect us to believe. That is a load of bull people don’t be led astray it ultimately boils down to the Commissioner who decides and hand picks his people who he wants promoted and at times the Commissioner would get instruction from politicians on which names should be included on that promotion list. This I know for a fact and I only wish I could say how. It’s true there is a promotion board and that it goes to public service commission but believe me that is just a sham and this is a known fact in the police department. I also agree that some are book smart and some may not produce on the street but Mr. PM please don’t use that as an excuse maybe you should have checked the records and file of some of those on the list before making such a statement. Or is it that your saying its better to not know to read and write to properly put a case file together (No wonder so many high profile case going down the drain) but its ok to beat and abuse people on the street and to even take it to an extent of the police shooting up innocent people house.

  13. Rambo says:

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  14. ree says:

    barrow should be ashame to be criticizing police….he need them… the police represent the government. the police did not employ themself. we need to do our self assessment 1st.
    police are known to have large and multiple families.
    when Election time comes we will know the biggest and the real @$$

  15. ree says:

    It use to be…. 007 James Bond
    Now you are 007 dead head, dodo bird…. SIR!!!!

  16. ger says:

    PC Woods from Benque got promoted and Christ have mercy on him because the guys doesn’t know nothing, he is lost, this Promotion is a sham, Crispin and Dough promote who they want, it’s a shame that the so called PM called the other Police Officers that didn’t got promoted a dodo bird, he should be ashamed to be describing us as such. Yesterday the newly promoted WSgt Pascasio did an identification parade and she had to called her husband to assist her, what a shame, she alone cannot do it and these are the persons that you all promote, can’t wait for the day when WSgt Flowers is being asked to do an identification Parade, I want to see how she will dissapoint you Crispin, shame on you, but these are the persons that have been promoted and this is just previews of coming attractions, to hell with you Crispin, you have demoralized nearly 3/4 of the so called Belize Police Department, to hell with you………..

  17. ger says:

    PC Woods from Benque got promoted and Christ have mercy on him because the guys doesn’t know nothing, he is lost, this Promotion is a sham, Crispin and Dough promote who they want, it’s a shame that the so called PM called the other Police Officers that didn’t got promoted a dodo bird, he should be ashamed to be describing them as such. Yesterday the newly promoted WSgt Pascasio did an identification parade and she had to called her husband to assist her, what a shame, she alone cannot do it and these are the persons that you all promote, can’t wait for the day when WSgt Flowers is being asked to do an identification Parade, I want to see how she will dissapoint you Crispin, shame on you, but these are the persons that have been promoted and this is just previews of coming attractions, to h@!! with you Crispin, you have demoralized nearly 3/4 of the so called Belize Police Department, to h@!! with you………..

  18. ask says:

    Dean Barrow is a Dictator and he dictates to the COMPOL

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