Commissioner Demands Gov’t Reinstate Inspector Isles by LK Hewlett
Commissioner of Police CG Walwyn is demanding ‘demoted’ Inspector Rosemarie Isles be reinstated as an Acting Superintendent. Walwyn, who went on leave following the change of government in February, calls the recent stripping of the female officer’s Superintendent bars a deliberate and calculated act of “victimization and gender biasness”. He said it was done without his knowledge, shortly after he left the island on leave. “Please bear in mind that Acting Superintendent Joseph-Isles passed the written test, and passed the review board in the top three of the women and in the top five of the men. It is a clear case of victimization. This female officer has been the subject of victimization attempts before and they were addressed by me as Commissioner of Police. It is ironic that as soon as I took leave, the plan was put into action. I notified Prime Minister Harris and Attorney General Byron about the situation before I left the island. It still happened,” Walwyn said via a press statement Monday (Mar 16). He went on, “The government needs to reinstate Acting Superintendent Isles-Joseph and let the process move forward.” Walwyn said Isles’ promotion was well deserved and properly documented despite claims that it was not done according to proper procedure. He said the government had been misled to think the entire High Command was in agreement about the action taken. “The government also needs to reprimand those who mislead them about the meeting and decision of the high command as some of us in the high command were never told of such a meeting or decision,” he claimed. “It was said that her acting appointment was incorrectly done and a decision was made by the high command and personnel to demote her back to her substantive rank. That is an untruth that is being fed to the public. I am part of the High command and the high command never met to discuss the demotion. I have written documentation from some of the other members denying any involvement in the decision and no knowledge of the demotion until it was voiced in the streets. That is documented.” Walwyn said he had promoted others the same way he had in Isles’ case and if the procedure was incorrect then all of those officers should be returned to their previous rank as well. According to sources involved in the process, no documentation of Isles’ appointment can be found. The promotion of the female officer had been a source of much talk inside and outside the police rank and file. Many posited the promotion came about due to personal favoritism ‘from above’.