Government revokes the June 2021 Commissioner of Police selection process order, as well as the 2009 order as it establishes a new process for the selection of the Police Commissioner.
They have been replaced with a new revised order, titled Legal Notice 277 of November 25th, 2021 Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police selection process order.
This new order makes very clear the process for appointing someone to act as Commissioner of Police and the process for appointing a substantive Commissioner of Police.
In both instances the nominations in respect of the 2 positions must come to Parliament for its approval.
The order, which also provides for the appointment of an acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and substantive DCP, also stipulates that these nominations receive Parliament’s endorsement.
Paragraph 4 of the June 2021 as well as the 2009 order was deemed by Justice Nadia Kangaloo in October to be inconsistent with the constitution because they did not stipulate that the acting appointments for the position of Commissioner of Police had to come to Parliament.
The new order also makes it clear that the Acting Commissioner must be a Deputy Commissioner of Police or an Assistant Commissioner of Police.
It does not make provision for anyone on contract or who was previously on contract to act as Commissioner of Police, as the previous order did, a provision which was widely thought to have been drafted to favor Gary Griffith, who had been on contract.
That provision is now repealed and there is no room for an Acting Commissioner on contract.