Judge rules for cops' promotions
A JUDGE yesterday ruled in favour of 45 police sergeants who have been waiting to be promoted to the rank of inspector.
The court found that the Order of Merit List which was submitted back in 2008 for the officer's promotion should remain in effect.
In a judicial review application, the police officers asked that the Promotion Advisory Board be restrained from ordering that they appear before it a second time.
The acting inspectors contended they had already been placed on an Order of Merit List based on a written examination, appraisals and interviews in 2008 and it was unfair for them to do it again.
The sergeants said they were recommended for promotion, and have also been acting as inspectors for almost two years.
In legal documents, the officers said that should they repeat the process, they would have to compete with junior sergeants who have just recently been promoted and who are without experience or years of service.
Yesterday Justice Mira Dean-Armorer, presiding in the San Fernando Civil Court, ruled that the 2008 list should remain.
Several of the officers said they felt satisfied and vindicated by the ruling. Cost for legal proceedings are expected to be determined at a later date. The officers were represented by attorney Wilston Campbell while attorney Neil Byam represented the State. —NBB