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The buck stops where it stops

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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Dear Editor,

 

Whatever happened to the saying “the buck stops here”? This is a leadership philosophy that I have always lived by. It means that the responsibility for something cannot or should not be passed to someone else.

It would seem that our society has forgotten this basic principle of leadership. Nowhere is this more vividly illustrated than with the current situation with the national security officials.

Let me catch you up. As a result of the fiasco that played out in the Palisadoes roadway incident, the police commissioner was asked to provide a report to the minister of national security (his boss). The report that was provided by the commissioner was not of the standard that was required by the minister. As a result, the report was rejected citing the facts that critical questions that were asked by the minister were not addressed and another report was requested.

Here is the controversy: Members of the police force believe the minister of national security is being disrespectful and is attempting to embarrass the police commissioner. This, they say, was done by the minister publicly rejecting the report submitted by the commissioner.

This, in my estimation, makes no sense. Where does the buck stop, who is to be held accountable?

This situation should never have been read as an attempt to embarrass the commissioner. This is similar to me having a boss, supervisor, or manager who is not pleased with my level of work and has called me out on it; anything else is just playing politics plain and simple.

So if there is a situation that the police have failed to carry out their mandate, and I think we can all agree the police failed to handle the Palisadoes incident, the minister of national security should, dare I say must step in, for that is his responsibility.

Similarly, if the crime situation worsens I would expect the prime minister to summon the security minister; that is the chain of command, and I would expect that the police force, most of all, would understand that, for this is how the force is governed.

I am very disappointed by the Police Officers' Association for their blatant disregard for accountability and and chain of command. I would expect that being members of the force they would spend their time and efforts devising strategies to uproot corruption within the force and fighting crime as oppose to impeding the Government's efforts to uphold accountability in the country.

 

Javon Moatt

moattj@hotmail.com

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