A call has gone out to Caribbean Police Commissioners to put sexual harassment policies in place within the police departments they head.
In sounding the call on behalf of the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations (CFPWA), President Sean McCall, disclosed that only a few – ‘three or four’ of the organisation’s sixteen member states have such policies.
He said this was disappointing.
McCall spoke on Wednesday during Good Morning Saint Lucia on Hot 7 Television.
He described sexual harassment as a serious matter to which persons should not turn a blind eye.
“We are urging our Commissioners across the region to get a sexual harassment policy in place so that our officers, be it men or women, male or female, can be comfortable on the job,” the CFPWA President told Host Shannon Lebourne.
He said police officers would thus know they have redress should they become victims.
The CFPWA President spoke amid allegations of sexual misconduct against a high-ranking member of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
The allegations have prompted calls for the male officer to step aside or be removed to facilitate an independent investigation.
And the women’s arm of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has promised to mobilise protests by women over the issue.
The RSLPF does not currently have a sexual harassment policy.