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Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

Five lower ranking female police officers were charged for willfully disobeying a lawful command in relation to wearing dreadlocks. At a press briefing held on Thursday, May 2, 2019, ACP Dezerie Magdaleno said that of the eight female officers that were initially ordered to remove their dreadlocks, two have since complied. Another five have remained adamant on keeping their hairstyle and have been charged with “willfully disobeying a lawful command,” in accordance with Section 7 subsection 2 of the Police Standing Orders. That policy says that no elaborate or decorative head or hair extensions should be worn by an officer.

Because of the charges against the officers, a disciplinary tribunal was to be heard against them. However, hours following ACP Magdaleno’s appearance, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams further addressed the issue. In that address, he says that after discussing with his senior management team, a decision was made to submit the matter to the Solicitor General for a legal opinion. In other words, the disciplinary hearing against them will be put on hold. “This is being done in the interest of fairness to the officers as well as to ensure the department does not incur unnecessary expense or waste time in court fighting something that may be able to resolve otherwise.”

The Guardian understands that at least one other higher ranking female officers has also been ordered to remove her dreadlocks; the outcome of which is unknown at this moment.