Seven Cops Apologize to Commissioner; Withdraw from Suit

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Seven of 30 police officers who had filed a lawsuit against Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams, for failing to promote them to the rank of Inspector have withdrawn their names from the suit.

In a statement this afternoon, the seven officers publicly apologized to Commissioner Williams and the Constabulary for any embarrassment caused.

The remaining 23 members of the Constabulary whose names initially appeared on the lawsuit are proceeding with the Court action.

The case is set for trial in November.

The officers who filed the lawsuit are part of the JCF’s High Potential Detective Training 18-month programme, which began in February 2013.

Successful participants were informed they would be promoted to the rank of Inspector after completing the programme.

However just prior to their graduation, they received news that the programme was being extended for another six months due to the assessment being flawed.

Earlier this year the officers filed an application for judicial review and asked the court to declare that their rights have been breached.

They asked the Court to instruct the Police Commissioner to promote them to the rank of Inspector, and award damages for allowances and benefits that would have been due since September 2014.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.