Members of the Police Force say they are hurt by reported plans to transfer a senior officer who has shown them “understanding and humanity.”
They allege that Deputy Commissioner of Police Albert Wade is due to be seconded to head the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), and they tell REAL News they are upset by the report.
One officer credits Wade – currently the second-highest officer on the Force – with the expertise to address any and all situations, including personal matters that affect his subordinates.
Despite no longer falling under the umbrella of the Police Welfare Association, Wade has remained close to that body, he says, and has been a reliable source of advice and encouragement.
He says that Wade enjoyed a reputation for being a competent and caring professional even when he served as Superintendent of Prisons. And when Wade’s secondment was lifted and he was returned to the Force, there were protests from both prison officers and prisoners, the source claims.
“They saw him as the only officer who ever looked into the interest of both officers and prisoners,” the source tells our Newsroom.
Tracing Wade’s journey through the police service, the dejected officers say that, despite working his way up the ranks, the Deputy Commissioner has been given a raw deal by the authorities.
They allege that even when Commissioner Atlee Rodney is out on sick leave, the authorities have refused to “elevate Wade to act as commissioner during the period.”
At present, the Commissioner is attending the 9th Latin America International Session taking place in Paris, France.
The current head of NODS, Philmore Mullin, is reportedly going into retirement.