From the Courts
September 8, 2017
Chief Magistrate complains about shoddy police work

Officers attached to the processing department of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) better get their act together, or else face being transferred.

Last Monday, at the Serious Offences Court, Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias described as lacking professionalism, the job being done by some officers attached to processing.

The comments came as Browne-Matthias attempted to and could not locate a file for a case she said was in the system for too long.

An officer attached to the department noted that the officer who was dealing with the matter had gone on vacation.

“So, who is the replacement?” questioned the Chief Magistrate. No answer was given and Browne-Matthias called a recess, at which time she told the court that she was going to make a call to the relevant authority to complain about the issue.

The defendant in the matter was almost let off the hook, but Browne-Matthias said he was acting strangely and decided against it.

“Get out of here and put your pants on your waist or an officer will assist you if you can’t do it,” Browne-Matthias told the defendant Kevin Trimmingham, adding, “I would have taught the officer a lesson by throwing out this case, but you have a kind of funny behaviour.”