A second attempt by the Public Service Commission (PSC) to fill the soon to be vacant post of Commissioner of Police may very well take the same route as the first process – a court injunction to stop it.
The VOICE has been reliably informed of this possibility following the abrupt withdrawal of the first process in which three persons were interviewed for the job, and not two as was previously reported.
The Public Service Commission was forced to withdraw the first selection process because of an injunction filed by Assistant Superintendent Brian Samuel on the grounds that the Commission had discriminated against him where past promotional appointments and the selection process for Police Commissioner were concerned.
The VOICE learned that Samuel was not short-listed for an interview despite having the qualifications that were advertised in the first selection process for Police Commissioner.
The injunction he filed to halt the process had it first hearing early last month before Justice Belle. The case continues in April. The Commission has since decided to cancel the selection process and has gone ahead and re-advertised the post. The deadline for the receipt of applications was February 5.
However reports from various sources within the police department indicate that this second process will be challenged in court as well.
Out of the three who were interviewed for the position in the first selection process, Acting Police Commissioner, Errol Alexander appeared to be the only one who declined to participate in the second process.
The VOICE has learned that four persons have already been interviewed in that process, including Vern Guard, head of the prisons at Bordelais. He, Alexander, and the other individual who was interviewed in the first process had each received a letter from the Commission saying they were not selected for the position, with emphasis on the word ‘NOT’.
Reports are that the qualifications asked for in the second selection process were changed.
In the first selection process the qualifications asked for were a Master’s Degree in Management, Business Administration, Law or a related discipline with at least eight years of experience in a senior management position within the police force.
The second selection process called for a Master’s Degree in Management, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Policing, Security or Law or a related discipline with management experience in the police force at Grade 16 and above…..
Meanwhile the decision by the Commission to cancel the first selection process for police commissioner did not nullify the court case which, continues in April. No decision so far has been taken by the court on that particular matter.
It is said the whole selection process to replace Alexander is causing ripples within the police force.
Numerous attempts to contact the Commission to shed light on its decision to voluntarily abandon its first selection process and its postponement of interviews for the position of assistant commissioner, superintendent and assistant superintendent were not successful.