The Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations (CFPWA) began its 11th annual general meeting in Saint Lucia Wednesday, focussing on the safety and welfare of police officers amid a violent crime surge in the region.
The President of Saint Lucia’s Police Welfare Association, Camron Laure, observed that crime directly impacts the welfare and safety of officers.
“We are going to be speaking on crime as it relates to the welfare of police officers when we go out there,” Laure explained.
He noted that policing is a dangerous job.
“When you leave your home in the morning you’re not sure you’ll be returning in one piece,” Laure stated.
Laure also said work conditions, the need for modern equipment, and police officers’ salaries were down for discussion at the Saint Lucia meeting.
He disclosed that the CFPWA would present recommendations from the Saint Lucia meeting to the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police.
The CFPWA annual general meeting theme is: ‘Building and Sustaining Police Officers’ Welfare in the Caribbean for Better Societies across the Region.’
The session ends on Friday.