Former top cop wants matter resolved
FIRED UP AND READY.
Former Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin says he’s anxious to have the matter of his removal from office four years ago resolved once and for all.
“It’s been over four years now and I am really anxious for the matter to be heard to clear my name. My conscience is clear; I really have no difficulty in having my matter fully ventilated,” Dottin told the WEEKEND NATION.
He added: “If Dottin did something wrong, just shine a light on it.”
Now officially retired from the office of the top cop, Dottin, who was sent on administrative leave by the Police Service Commission (PSC,) has taken the matter to court and is now awaiting his chance to tell his side of the story.
Breaking his silence about how the controversial removal from office has impacted him and his family, the excommissioner said it has been a difficult period trying to cope with the manner of his removal from office.
“I must admit in the initial stages I found it very difficult to cope with. It’s only through the support of very close friends that I was able to bring some normalcy back to my life. But there are some other outstanding things. I have a lot of experience in the law enforcement field and currently I have several professional opportunities and it is important that my character is seen as clean and unsullied.
Frustrated by the length of time it has been taking for his matter to be fully ventilated before the courts, the former commissioner says despite still having the respect of the majority of Barbadians, he was faced almost daily with enquiries about the background to his removal.
“It is awkward having to face questions. . . . People would want to know, ‘So what went wrong?’, ‘Why did they do that to you?’ and so on. It’s not easy, so I try to avoid these situations where you have to talk about that,” he said.
He also reflected on the day he was served with the letter which sent him on “administrative leave”.
“When you look at it I only had a couple hours to clear my desk. It wasn’t easy.
“Nobody called you, I felt disappointed. But I felt that having served so faithfully over time and so on that it was really undignified to be treated like that,” he added.
Dottin declined to comment on whether he felt there was any political involvement in his removal from office. He noted that because the matter was before the courts, he could not say a lot more.
“It is difficult to speak in a comprehensive way or in way that people could understand unless I touch on the salient issues of the matters that would come before the court. I don’t want to do anything at all to prejudice that, even though I am emotional and even though I am anxious to have the matter addressed. I am not going to say anything that could be regarded as remotely touching on the case,” he said. (TS)