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Davis Criticises Acp Strachan Transfer

PLP leader Philip Davis. (File photo)

PLP leader Philip Davis. (File photo)

By LEANDRA ROLLE

lrolle@tribunemedia.net

OPPOSITION Leader Phillip “Brave” Davis criticised the government’s decision to appoint Assistant Commissioner of Police Kendal Strachan to chief of security at the Willie Mae Pratt School for Girls, saying the move does not send a good message to the police force.

“For the prime minister to be causing so much disruption into the police force at the level it’s happening and occurring when we are so preempt with issues and challenges relating to crime, it doesn’t send a good message in the force itself,” Mr Davis said on Monday.

“It impacts morale and it doesn’t inspire and encourage the kind of work that you expect of the police force to help arrest the challenges we are now having because everyone in the police force are more concerned now about what’s going to happen (to them).”

ACP Strachan is one of eight senior police officers who were directed to take vacation leave in March – a move noted by the Minnis administration to prevent officers from accumulating so much vacation leave that they have to be paid substantial sums of money when they retire.

Upon his return from vacation, ACP Strachan was advised that he would be transferred to the Ministry of Social Services. The new post would give ACP Strachan a new role of chief security of the Willie Mae Pratt School for Girls and Simpson Penn Centre for Boys.

However, the assistant commissioner has since rejected the role and has been seeking legal advice on his next course of action.

Speaking on the matter, Mr Davis noted that the government’s decision to transfer ACP Strachan was “politically motivated.”

“When you have a police officer becoming the minister of national security, the familiarity within that organisation and what challenges he would’ve had as a police officer within that organisation and the benefits that he would’ve had in that organisation when he becomes the minister in charge of that, it’s going to be very challenging to disassociate him from those challenges and or benefits,” he continued.

“And so those who would’ve challenged him would be in trouble and those from whom he would benefit would be happy and so you have that dichotomy where you have a minister who believes he is the commissioner and so he is now deciding what should happen to senior officers."

National Security Minister Marvin Dames has previously noted the situation to be a "tough" one.

“This is a very sensitive one and I’m very mindful of that,” he said, “because I know there are varied positions out there and I am always cognizant of the officers involved because I know them personally and their families.”

He has said ACP Strachan is exercising his rights, but the government maintains its position.

Comments

geostorm 3 months, 1 week ago

Oh shut up Davis! You all created this disaster! Why would you promote so many people to a position that is meant for 3 people.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 3 months, 1 week ago

And how many times did you vote for the PLP candidate in past along with so many other voters? The PLP leadership have had quite a few much heralded landslide victories at the polls that they so fondly remember. LMAO

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TigerB 3 months, 1 week ago

Agreed, my lifetime as a police officer there was always 5, Assistant commissioners, 1 deputy, and 1 Commissioner. They made 11, plus an additional sr. Assistant commissioner, unheard of in a country this small, it was for political gain. Strachan joined in 84 as a Band cadet. If you do the math that will give him at least 35 years or more. The problem with the PLP promotion was that it clogged up all of the ranks. Brave is talking about political motive.. he has a short memory.

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ThisIsOurs 3 months, 1 week ago

Short memory or not he's correct. The problem with these guys is the only time they speak good governance is in opposition. The FNM of 2016 would be raining down fire on the present administration (if they didn't know it was them)

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BONEFISH 3 months, 1 week ago

This is what happens when things are done for political expediency.That promotion exercise before the 2017 general election made no sense at all.There was a report prepared by some UK consultants in the nineties which addressed the police force.That report was done when Frank Watson was Minister of National Security.If the PLP governments had followed that report,we would not be in this mess today.

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