Top Cop Denies Police Transfers Are Connected to Court Party

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The commissioner says the removal of officers is a part of his restructuring plan

Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle has transferred eight officers from the Nassau Street Police Station but has denied the transfers are linked to the recent video showcasing court staff carousing at a party in the Magistrate’s Court Complex.

Speaking to the Tribune, Rolle said, “I transferred eight officers from that station, I left two or three and I transferred in twelve as we are trying to strengthen the security at the court and as you know there was a bus accident and several of the officers who work in the area are presently on sick leave.”

A video circulated social media last-week, purportedly showing several women dancing in a suggestive manner to dance hall music, while holding beverages in what seems to be a courtroom at the Magistrates Court complex on Nassau Street.

Several men are also seen dancing in the 30-second clip.

The video prompted the response of Chief Justice Brian Moree and Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt who said it is a serious matter that requires urgent attention to ensure public confidence in the justice system.

The court officials added that the video in circulation does not “reflect the standards and professionalism” of the courts and promised an investigation.

Rolle said Deputy Commissioner of Police Ismella Davis-Delancey is heading an investigation on whether there is “wrong doing” in the video, emphasizing that the investigations are not connected to the new transfers.

He stated this change in officers at the station is similar to transfers at other police stations throughout the country, and is a part of a restructuring exercise.

“I made a determination at this time to make the changes as I move all the senior officers throughout the force and the officer-in-charge of the court was the only one who was not moved.

“The changes were made on Monday. I just made changes at the Central Police Station, I made changes at tourism, at the Arawak Cay Police Station, at the CID and I decided on Monday to make changes at the court complex. I’m doing a restructuring of the force,” he said.

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