The majority of Police officers believe that Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony made a mistake in reading excerpts of the IMPACS report on national television in March of this year, the President of the Police Welfare Association, PWA, Camron Laure, has said.
Speaking last night during the MBC Television programme – Current Affairs, with host Clinton Reynolds, Laure said that in the minds of the majority of members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, RSLPF, it was a mistake to read excerpts from the document, resulting in more damage than good being accomplished.
However the PWA President revealed that during a recent meeting with Police Officers, Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony responded that he would not have done things differently, when asked whether upon reflection he might have changed the approach he took.
“ In the Prime Minister’s mind and maybe in the minds of a number of other individuals, he did not make a mistake,” Laure asserted.
The PWA President also answered in the negative when asked by the host of the show if he shared the view reportedly expressed by Acting Police Commissioner, Errol Alexander, that the meeting with the Prime Minister had served to boost morale in the Police force.
“I would not agree with that. What I could tell you is, a meeting like that probably should have been held earlier than now and it would have helped. I think with everything that has gone on, had it happened earlier it would have been much better received by the Police,” Laure declared.
As far as he was concerned, there was “nothing new” on the IMPACS report coming out of the meeting with the Prime Minister, since the gathering was basically informed about the implications of the document.
Laure would not be drawn on whether the report was credible.
“It is not for me to speak on credibility of the report because I have not seen it, I do not know what it contains. All we know is what the Prime Minister said,” was his response when questioned on the issue, adding that he was also unaware of the manner in which the Jamaican investigators conducted the probe into alleged extra-judicial killings by some members of the RSLPF.