Beware the 'Leave of Absence'
The termination of a Trinidadian Police officer from the Bermuda Police Service and the process preceding it were both deemed fair by Puisne Judge Geoffrey Bell yesterday.
formerly of Trinidad and Tobago, applied for a job with the Bermuda
Police Service in 2003. His contract was to be for five years, and Bermuda
Police Commissioner considered that to fulfil the
services of the contract Mr. Williams would have to resign from the Trinidadian
That was not good enough
for the Commissioner who made a recommendation
to the Public Services Commission (PSC) to terminate Mr. Williams' contract. The
PSC accepted his recommendation, and the contract was terminated.
To UK officers: Resign or obtain a 5 year leave of absence - anything else and you could find yourself kicked out, without a job. We question whether this would apply to anyone who they actually wanted on the island - was there another reason why this Trinidad & Tobago officer was not permitted to stay?
Apparently the Bermuda service is desperate for recruits - misrepresentation has apparently been entered into in an attempt to lure British officers to the island. It is also alleged that the service has dropped the standards for recruitment in an attempt to entice Bermudian officers - apparently hiring anyone who comes in; a large number of women, parking ticket girls, etc.
Just what / who will you be working alongside, what experience and ability? Do you wish to rsik your reputation and future on this island?
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