A High Court order blocking any further police promotions pending the outcome of a lawsuit against the Police Services Commission (PSC) did not prevent the elevation of 14 members of the Royal Barbados Police Force Band Thursday morning.
The 12 men and two women, who were presented with their letters of appointment by Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, now hold the ranks of sergeant, station sergeant and inspector.
“We were lucky that the court case did not touch these,” Griffith told Barbados TODAY in a brief comment following the ceremony at Police Headquarters on Roebuck Street, The City attended by his senior commandos, along with the director of the band, Senior Superintendent Keith Ellis and his deputy Superintendent Cortez Callender.
While again expressing concern about the stifling impact the promotions hold-up was having on the Force as a whole, Griffith said morale was still high.
He commended officers who continued to commit to duty even though they had not been promoted over the past three years due to the ongoing court case in which more than a dozen officers are challenging the promotions list approved by the PSC.
As far as those in the police band were concerned, the top cop said their work in the community had put the Force in a favourable light, adding that he would like to see the band play a bigger role in community policing.
With respect to the 14 officers who were promoted with immediate effect, the Acting Commissioner said it was not an easy process considering that there were so many brilliant officers in the band.
The full list of promoted officers reads: David Codrington, Inspector; Dexter Norvile, Inspector; Juan Walrond, Station Sergeant; Darnley Emmerson Browne, Station Sergeant; Clyde Alleyne, Station Sergeant; Anderson Whitehall, Station Sergeant; Richard Broome, Sergeant; Adrian Hurley, Sergeant; Allan Victor, Sergeant; Greg Griffith, Sergeant; Gennine Julien, Sergeant; Haskle Johnson, Sergeant; Cyprian Gamble, Sergeant and Dane Bascome, Sergeant.
Speaking on behalf of the newly promoted band members, Codrington urged his colleagues to lead by example and from the front, adding that even though the wait for moving up in the ranks was a “long and painful” one, it was worth it.