Deputy Commissioner of Police Bertie Hinds’ law enforcement career comes to a close this month.
The second-in-command of the Royal Barbados Police Force goes on pre-retirement leave from September 26 to December 31 and returns to civilian life on January 1, 2013.
Hinds gained vast experience over the years after working in every division of the organisation, including the Criminal Investigation Department, and rose steadily up the ranks. At various points of his career he has been in charge of the northern, southern and Bridgetown divisions of the force.
Hinds’ name had been linked to a strained relationship with Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin in recent years but he has maintained complete public silence on the issue. Dottin was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police on December 15, 1999 while Hinds’ promotion to the same rank took effect 15 days later.
Dottin subsequently took over as Commissioner of Police on the retirement of then chief Grantley Watson, and Hinds became his deputy.
Hinds, a former Coleridge and Parry School student, is the holder of a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in criminology. He is a part-time lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, and it is expected that his relationship with that tertiary institution will continue on a long-term basis from next year. (WG)