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Mia: Second Deputy COP legal


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The appointment of a second Deputy Commissioner of Police was lawful.

So said Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley on May 15 as she sought to clear the air on the recently announced appointment of Assistant Commissioner Oral Williams to the post of Deputy Commissioner of Police, which led to much public debate on whether the Police Act allowed for two deputies.

Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn was the first to publicly raise the issue following the announcement last Saturday and he suggested that the appointment was ultra vires in the absence of an amendment to the Police Act.

A few days later and following heavy criticism from the Democratic Labour Party and members of the public, Attorney General Dale Marshall said the Police Act was not amended prior to the appointment of a second deputy commissioner. (MB)

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