While outspoken Senator Caswell Franklyn believes that former Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin’s removal from office in 2013 was a “nasty” move, he does not understand why the Attorney General wants to take advice on policing from someone other than current Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith.
Franklyn said that while many have raised eyebrows at Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s decision to appoint Dottin to Attorney General Dale Marshall’s ministry as a consultant on crime, he has remained relatively quiet.
In fact, Franklyn said he holds the view that Government was trying to make up with the former Commissioner, who was sent on administrative leave by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave after the Police Services Commission (PSC) recommended his retirement “in the public’s interest” amid allegations that Dottin was involved in wiretapping.
“What they did to Dottin was nasty,” Franklyn told Barbados TODAY. “If they accused him of an offence, there is a way to deal with offences. You bring him before the commission, the commission would set up a panel, and the panel would hear the evidence against him. That is called natural justice. No, they put him out and put him on pension,” he added.
Meanwhile, the senator said that while he has nothing personal against Dottin, he does not like how his appointment as a consultant “looks”. Furthermore, Franklyn said he does not know why the Attorney General thinks that he needs to have someone, other than Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, to advise him on policing.
“The Attorney General says that the Commissioner of Police is an excellent Commissioner of Police. So if he is an excellent commissioner, then he should be taking advice from that excellent commissioner,” Franklyn said.
On the matter of Dottin’s retirement, Franklyn contended that the PSC failed to realize that compulsory retirement is a punishment. Franklyn said, in his opinion, Dottin was punished without being given the opportunity to be heard.
“So I don’t know if this is a way to redress the injustice that was meted out to Mr. Dottin. It might be, I don’t know. If you look at the Public Service Act, compulsory retirement is a punishment. The Pensions Act provides for it, but that is only the mechanism to deal with it. Not that you can just go and tell somebody you are over 60 you can go home. If you look at the penalties in the Public Service Act, compulsory retirement is one of those challenges.
“So he has been penalized without a hearing. He was the Commissioner of Police and he put a lot of people before the court. So you mean to tell me he has been practicing this for years and then when it comes to him he ain’t get a chance? That is nasty . . .I don’t know all of the facts of Mr Dottin’s case, but Mr Dottin is not a dog, he shouldn’t have been treated that way. Anybody treat my little dog so, I wouldn’t be pleased,” Franklyn said.