Police Commissioner Addresses Internal Strife Amid Leadership Disputes
In our discussion with the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, he weighed in on the apparent internal power struggle at the police department. As we have reported, Deputy Commissioner of Police Bart Jones has filed an application seeking a judicial review against the decision to appoint Doctor Richard Rosado to the post of Deputy Commissioner of Police. Recently, ComPol Williams left the country and placed Jones in charge instead of Dr. Rosado, who is the Senior Deputy. Williams commented on the move today and explained the rationale behind it.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “The police department have three co-pilots, three deputies; Aaron Guzman, Bart Jones, and Richard Rosado. I would really not want to comment on this but you have asked. I don’t think that there is a divide between the two gentlemen. I don’t think so. I have seen them working together and I do not see any issues between them. In the case that Mr. Jones currently has with the Services Commission in respect to the promotion of Mr. Rosado the office of the Attorney General, which is a government’s principal legal advisor, had wrote or have submitted to the courts that there is no seniority between Mr. Rosado and Mr. Jones. That both gentlemen are on the same level and they arrived at that opinion based on regulation 26 of the Public Service and Constitutional regulations which states that where the promotion date or appointment date for one officer is within six months of the other, then neither of them is senior to the other. As the commissioner of police, I have said to both gentlemen, the fact that you are the two main persons next in line whenever I leave the country, I’m going to have you hold over interchangeably. Again the reason for that is to be able to give both of them the experience in terms of acting in the capacity of the Commissioner of Police. It’s not to favour one over the other and I think that if anyone should feel that they are being disenfranchised it should be Bart because every time I left the country it is Rosado who I left in charge. It’s the first time I left Mr. Jones in charge and it should not be seen as favoring anybody but rather to try and give both that experience. Should the Prime Minister say today or tomorrow he wants to appoint a new commissioner he can choose from between any of them because both of them would have had that experience. So I don’t want nobody to feel like I am trying to disenfranchise them or treat them in a certain way which is not consistent with our disciplinary code or whatever the case may be. I try to be fair to both of them.”