A Useless Police Complaints Authority Report

Retired Justice Leroy Inniss

“The staff of the Police Complaints Authority comprised an Investigator, an Administrative Officer II and a Clerk/Typist. During the year under review the Administrative Officer II was transferred to the Ministry of Social Care and Constituency Empowerment and Community Development and was replaced by an Administrative Officer II (ag)”2016 Police Complaints Authority Report

An interesting statistic to know is how many Barbadians read the 2016 Annual Report of the Police Complaints Authority. It is a 12 page report that includes 8 pages of ‘fluff’. The substance of the report is that Barbadians prefer to lodge complaints directly with the police department and the few complaints handled by the PCA were referred to the police department.

Minister of Home Affairs and Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite instead of wasting taxpayers resources by receiving a useless resolution from his party to pursue Mia Mottley’s standing to practice law in Barbados, he should instruct the police department to reroute all complaints to the PCA and contract the Government Information Service and the fourth estate to educate the general public as to its role. Of course this would mean beefing up the resources at the PCA, the same lament from Auditor General Leigh Trotman.

Another useless report laid in parliament. Another useless watchdog agency!

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