Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ravindra Stanley, Superintendent of Police, Shivpersaud Bacchus, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Shavon Jupiter, and Inspector of Police, Prem Narine have all joined Senior Superintendent of Police, Calvin Brutus in asking the Court to reverse a policy of the Police Service Commission which states that officers cannot be promoted if they have ongoing investigations by the Force. The Officers are also asking the Court to reverse a decision by the PSC not to promote them.
According to reports, Dept. Supt. of Police, Ravindra Stanley said that he was never convicted of an offence. He said that it was only in January 2020, he learnt of allegations of breach of discipline against him while he was serving as Commander of “C” Division. He is calling the disciplinary proceedings against him, “frivolous”.
Superintendent of Police, Shivpersaud Bacchus, said that in August, 2020, he allegedly committed a breach of discipline at the Felix Austin Police College. Senior Superintendent, Ravindra Budhram was tasked with investigating the complaint, but a breach of discipline was never served on Bacchus.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Shavon Jupiter said that she was never charged or found guilty of an offence and that the allegations of breach of discipline are frivolous.
Inspector Narine also noted that while at La Grange Police Station, West Bank Demerara, he allegedly committed breach of discipline, but it was never served on him until November, 2020.
Brutus moved to the Courts to block promotion of senior officers in the Force by the Police Service Commission. The PSC has apparently by-passed those who deserved promotion, including Brutus. The High Court has since granted an order stopping the immediate announcement of promotions for the senior officers.
The Snr. Supt. wants a decision taken by the Police Service Commission (PSC) not to promote him, be withdrawn.
There have been allegations of misconduct by several senior ranks within the Force and this has prevented the promotion of the Officers, however, some of those allegations date far back as 2016.
The Court was also asked to make a declaration that the policy of the PSC, which states that ranks with pending disciplinary matters are not to be promoted, be made unlawful and that he is entitled to be promoted to the office of Assistant Commissioner of Police. He noted that this policy can have long lasting negative effects on the careers of officers.
It was further requested of the Court to quash the PSC’s decision to promote Edmond Cooper, Phillip Azore and Kurleigh Simon, all Senior Superintendents of Police to the Office of Assistant Commissioner of Police. Brutus is also asking for an order for him to be promoted based on expectations and not law.
Shortly after the court proceedings, several changes have occurred within the Force.
(This story is developing and Daily News will keep you updated.)