The following submission was sent to BU on March 9, 2013 but was snared by the spam bucket.
Submitted by Benny
I am amazed at the recent public statement by the Commissioner of Police Mr Dottin advising Barbadians to leave their jewellery at home. I do honestly think that this is a testimony of your inefficiency and the inability of your administration to properly manage the crime situation in this country.
I think that by now you should have realised that managing the Royal Barbados Police Force is more than the manipulation of statistics. I guess that you cannot give instructions to the effect like a few years ago when you advised that when a house is broken into but nothing is stolen to register a case of disorderly behaviour instead of burglary. because the former would paint a different picture.
On the issue of house breaking when I leave my jewellery home and the thieves decide to break in and take it what would be your advice then to bring my home to the nearest police station or stay home and watch it? Please do not answer because I do believe that your are capable of finding an answer to that.
You lack of human skill and a philosophical understanding of human nature has cause you to have demoralised the members of the RBPF. Did you expect that your charges would have remained committed with you making such statements that hard work is no criteria for promotion?You are managing an organisation that if persons work hard or not they salary is the same. Why work hard if it will take me no where especially when it can be observed the you have a block of your friends, pimps and your cousin’s woman that you only seek to promote each time you make your recommendations. It is no coincidence that you make recommendations every two years when these same persons become eligible again. Mr Commissioner I do however understand how you arrived at this level of reasoning because when you examine your own development you cannot point to one day of hard work.
The people of Barbados deserve better, people need to feel secure in their home, to be able to walk the streets almost confident that they will be free from molestation and relatively safe. We are aware that no Police service or Government policies could cure the ills of any society but we do not expect to be told that these organisations have given up and that we are to deprive ourselves of the things that we honestly through hard work have acquired. If you feel that you have a right to hold onto a job that you did not work hard to acquire why should you feel that I should not be able to be proud of the things I have worked hard to acquire?
I think that you should start from the inside out and be honest and fair with your staff. Give the hard working officers their just deserts and let that motivate others to follow suit; that is to work hard remain committed and strive for excellence in their chosen field content in the knowledge that they stand a fair chance of advancement.
One of the basic wishes of every individual is to be within the scheme of things to be treated fairly.