When we are convicted of an offence by a court, we are usually fined. The court orders that if we do not pay our fine by a certain date, we are to serve one month or whatever behind bars. If we do not pay our fine in the designated time, the court issues a warrant to the police to pick us up and take us to the prison. Most people pay once they learn the warrant has been issued. If the person is off-island or the warrant cannot be served for some reason, it is returned to the court with an endorsement explaining. The warrant does not remain indefinitely in the possession of the police as an unserved warrant.
You might ask what is so bad about an unserved warrant. If the warrant is not served, and it is not returned endorsed with a note that it cannot be served for some reason or the other, it means that some police officer has decided to give the offender a break. It becomes a police officer who decided who goes to jail and who does not. What a lot of power to put into the hands of a police officer! As if they do not have enough already! It is hard to imagine a more corrupt situation!
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How does it benefit the people to withhold this information? Of course, it does not. The situation will not improve until we ensure that the control of the police is taken out of the inefficient and usually incompetent hands of the Governor and his indespensible crony, the Commissioner of Police, and placed in the hands of a local, independent, non-political Police Service Commission.