Complaint Precis


Full Complaint
'91 support
Leave AFT 1990
Back stab
910530 AG
Press Sept' 98

A précis of my complaint against the Bermuda Police Service

My complaint is very simple and finds it basis in the most common of rights:

  • you are innocent until proven guilty

Sadly, this is not the way the Bermuda police service operates.  If there is an allegation or suspicion of guilt; the law will be by-passed.

In my case, two petty allegations were made against me.  The police code of conduct requires that these are put to me, investigated and (if appropriate) a disciplinary hearing follows.  The parallel of this process is the criminal judicial system; if someone is suspected of committing a crime, there is an investigation and if sufficient evidence exists, a court hearing will follow.  The court hearing is essential; it provides the accused the ability to put their side of the story and present evidence contradicting the prosecutions account.  It also enables an independent person (jury) to consider the evidence.

This is what should happen in the police service, it is written into their discipline code and to keep someone from this basic human right is an abuse amounting (I would suggest) to oppression - in itself an offence.

  • I was not advised of these allegations
  • There was no investigation
  • There was no consideration of the evidence
  • There was no hearing
  • I was unable to put my case

In very simplistic terms - if I had been guilty of heinous offences, I am still entitled to put my case; for the judicial process to operate.

It did not; I was deprived a basic human right by the Commissioner of Police and the Governor's office (who subsequently endorsed the Commissioner's decision).

I take great exception to the Bermuda Police's ability to act is such a manner and will continue to maintain this web site until the subject is resolved.

In 1990, I became involved in all major investigations.  With regard to the 'Miranda' enquiry, whilst not 'in charge', I had been involved in every facet.

There was a suggestion the then head of the Narcotics Department, Detective Inspector Dennis Ramsey, was linked to the importers.  An attempt had been made to arrest the 'network' earlier in the year (by use of the same informant) but someone tipped the group off.  This time, the informant provided information when Dennis Ramsey was away from the Island.  We were successful in making several arrests, seizing a substantial quantity of cocaine (by Bermuda's standards) and also some cash.

I was instructed by the then deputy head of Narcotics, George Jackson, to keep the investigation from Dennis Ramsey.  This I did.

Things were never easy in the Narcotics office for me.  I had the highest arrest record and worked a ridiculous number of hours each month.  My overtime ensured I was paid the equivalent of an Assistant Commissioner!  I had a number of run-ins with officers over petty jealousies.

On 27th August 1990, I received a call from a US law enforcement agent, working with the DEA.  I was advised Dennis Ramsey was associated with the importers.  I recorded this conversation.

I passed the information to George Jackson and he requested the original tape.  I declined to hand this over but offered a copy.  This was not good enough.  The original was required.  I advised having posted it home but only after taking a copy.  The matter was dropped.

I was paraded before the Commissioner of Police, Clive Donald.  Clive accused me of:

  • Bucking authority
  • Tape recording (attempting to record?) a (many?) conversation with Dennis Ramsey

As a result, my contract was not to be renewed; in effect, I was fired as of the end of my contract.

My complaint is very straightforward; Force Standing Instructions (FSI) state, in brief, any adverse report must be:

  • brought to an officers attention
  • investigated
  • the subject of a hearing (if a prima facie case exists)

Clive Donald failed to comply with FSI, he is in breach of FSI. 

Whether I am innocent or guilty is immaterial; FSI exist for a reason and this includes ensuring officers are given the ability to account for their actions and defend themselves (if appropriate).  I was not afforded this right and this is my complaint.  

This is my complaint and I would suggest it is absolute.

Of course, you have to ask yourself why Clive Donald would take this course of action.  I suggest it is because the 'offences' alleged were trivial (even if committed) but worse still, from the Clive's perspective; they could not be proved.

The complaint goes much further because for Clive's actions to be successful and not bring discredit on the service or ridicule on him personally, he required support.  This he received from The Deputy Governor's Office and George Rose, then Superintendent (Bermuda Police).

Whether you wish to have my complaint in the back of your mind when you read these pages is a matter for you.  I had some good times in Bermuda and met some great people.  Sadly, there were some fair weather friends and few remain who I would now trust.

I care not whether you read these pages simply for entertainment.  The content is factual and I am hopeful this will bring some added enjoyment or interest.  I do encourage feed-back, I am mindful of the current problems faced by the Bermuda police service and am pleased to see some are voicing their concerns.  The e-mails I receive are treated in confidence  but to date, everyone has been supportive.  

Thank you for taking the time to read this page.




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