Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has expressed concern about politics and division in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), declaring that politicians have entered the organisation’s ‘belly.’
“Politicians have interfered in the belly of the police. They come into the belly of the police with all their political situations,” Pierre, responsible for National Security, asserted.
This week, he spoke during the HTS programme ‘What Makes You Mad.’
The Castries East MP decried the notion that the police must support ‘the party’.
“What I want are policemen who support the law, policemen who are fair, policemen who observe people’s human rights, and policemen who would be responsible,” Pierre declared.
But while noting that people believe officers must support ‘the party’, the Prime Minister also stated that sometimes officers bring their politics into the RSLPF.
Pierre said he was watching a situation very closely where there seemed to be direct political involvement at some levels of the police force.
“We don’t want anybody using the police force as their political springboard,” he told programme Host Stanley Lucien.
And regarding division in the force, Pierre said people must understand that there could only be one Commissioner.