For­mer top cop wants mat­ter re­solved

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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.

En­quiries

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)

FOR­MER COM­MIS­SIONER of Po­lice Dar­win Dot­tin speak­ing out. (Pic­ture by Tim Slinger.)

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