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Seven cops in lawsuit against Commissioner apologise, pull out

Published:Friday | September 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Seven of 32 cops suing Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams for a promised promotion that they never received have reportedly issued an apology and requested that they be removed from the lawsuit.

The cops had participated in the High Potential Detective Training Programme, which started in 2013 and was to run for 18 months before it was extended by another six months.

The cops had claimed that they were promised a promotion after finishing the programme, but this did not happen and had since brought a lawsuit claiming breach of rights against the commissioner and the attorney general.

However, seven of the 32 cops are now saying sorry to the commissioner for participating in the lawsuit.

"We unequivocally apologise to the commissioner and our colleagues for the embarrassment to the Jamaica Constabulary brought by the filing of a lawsuit seeking to mandate the promotion to the rank of inspector of all participants," read the apology to Williams, obtained by The Gleaner.

"It was not our intention to in anyway slur the commissioner's reputation or to bring the organisation into disrepute. We wish to give assurance of our support to the decisions taken by the High Command that have the public interest as its end, and in that regard, we have instructed our lawyer to remove us from the action," continued the document with the signature of the cops.

The case is expected to be heard by the Judicial Review Court in November.