Parliament has placed authority with the commissioner of police to prepare Standing Orders to govern the matter of promotions, which will now include examinations for police officers.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, who has direct responsibility for social security, said the inclusion of examinations will help determine the true merit of promotions by individual officers.
“This is an important step forward and I am very happy too that police officers are accepting the idea of examinations, which was the intention initially but didn’t go down very well, so I am happy that we are returning to that system, because in my view, you have to apply both rules of objectivity and subjectivity in matters of promotions; subjectivity meaning your assessment of the management skills of the individuals, and objectivity meaning, of course the criteria of examinations so that performance in the written word can matter,” he said.
Applications for promotions will be assessed by a special committee appointed in accordance with the Standing Orders set by the police commissioner.
Prime Minister Anthony said the new system of promotions will ensure that citizens and visitors alike benefit from better policing.
“The work of the police is becoming more and more complex. The public is demanding more and the public needs to feel the comfort that when a police officer wears a stripe, whether sergeant or corporal, that individual has satisfied certain criteria to earn that kind of promotion; so this is certainly a welcomed development,” he added.
The new law governing promotions of police officers was enacted in Parliament on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
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