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Jun 6, 2023

DCP Bart Jones Wants DCP Rosado’s Appointment Date Squashed

Deputy Commissioner of Police Bart Jones has filed an application seeking judicial review against the Security Services Commission and its decision to appoint Doctor Richard Rosado to the post of Deputy Commissioner of Police. The decision in question, made on March fourteenth, 2023, pertains to the promotion of Doctor Rosado to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Police, with retroactive effect as of July first, 2021. Jones is seeking the nullification of the decision to promote Rosado, as it is alleged that no vacant post for Deputy Commissioner of Police existed on that date and that Rosado did not meet the necessary promotion qualifications. He is also asking the court to declare that Security Services Commission’s decision to promote Rosado without providing an explanation or an opportunity for the applicant to present their case, violated principles of natural justice and their Constitutional Rights to due process and equal protection under section 6 of the Belize Constitution. Jones says that the Commission took into account extraneous factors and acted contrary to the Commissioner of Police’s request to have Rosado promoted with effect from July first, 2022. According to the application, Jones, “is personally and directly affected by the decision of the Respondent to promote Doctor Rosado to the post of Deputy Commissioner of Police some 6 months ahead of the Applicant as it, thereupon, strips him of any seniority he had over Doctor Rosado”. Jones is being represented by attorney William Lindo.  The application will be heard on Friday morning in the courtroom of Justice Genevieve Chabot.

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