Police defy Labour Department order

Soufriere police have vowed to defy an order by the Labour Department to immediately abandon the Soufriere police station due to health and safety issues there.

The Department of Labour conducted an inspection of the building yesterday and identified a number of violations, resulting in a decision of the Health and Safety Officer to shut down the station.

The Department of Labour advised the officer in charge that  effective yesterday at 4:pm all work activities at the station were to cease immediately.

However Police Welfare Association (PWA) President,Camron Laure, has told the Times that the police cannot obey that directive.

“While I agree that no one should work in a situation like that, we must consider national security. We cannot compromise national security  while we are trying to work out an arrangement with the executive of the police force to ensure that the police officers are given favourable conditions in which to work,” Laure told the Times.

He said while he agrees that there is major work to be done on the Soufriere station, police officers must take the national security of the country into consideration.

Laure said the PWA would not agree to shutting down any police station.

“We must work together to find a suitable location, an acceptable location, but to suggest that a police station be shut down immediately – I think it is not fair, it is wrong,” the PWA President declared.

He explained that the some 20 officers at the Soufriere station are of the same mind.

Laure told the Times that the officers wanted the sleeping quarters at the station moved to a new location while the station was renovated, but that did not materialise.

He said when the PWA visited the station yesterday, it was discovered that officers had fallen ill with one officer being diagnosed with pneumonia.

According to Laure, the officers decided to step outside of the station to await word form the authorities about addressing their unfavourable working conditions.

The PWA President said that a compromise was eventually reached for the police officers to return to the station, work on an eight hour shift, but not sleep upstairs where the health and safety problem exists.

“There was one concern –  that there were no toilet facilities for them downstairs – everything is upstairs where the problem exists,” Laure disclosed.

He said as a further compromise, a building that was identified as the place where the station will be relocated will be used, since it has washrooms and sleeping quarters.

Laure made it clear that the PWA never contacted the Department of Labour in connection with the situation at the Soufriere station.

The Times has been informed that an emergency meeting will be held later today between the PWA and the officers at the Soufriere station.



  1. No nnsense
    February 10, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Police officers must understand that their health and well being must come first! In order to serve and protect

    1. Anonymous
      February 10, 2017 at 8:09 am

      How can sick officers serve and protect. Mr president stop brainwashing the police officers. Officers be wise. They can easy replace you all, God forbid if you are no longer fit to work or if you die. Health is wealth.

  2. Elegal
    February 10, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I agree if I’m not safe how can I protect and serve. Those officers are stupid your health is of utmost importance and it comes before anything else. The pwa doesn’t care about the welfare of its officers.

  3. Concerned
    February 10, 2017 at 8:11 am

    (Word deleted)..So u want officers to get sick those conditions (Expression deleted)

  4. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Commendable. Putting country before self. God will take care of those officers. Thank you officers.

  5. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Should a hospital close down due to poor working conditions?

    1. Anonymous
      February 10, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Yes, it should. Poor working conditions translates to poor and substandard care for patients.

  6. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I applaud you Mr. Laure for your intelligent thinking. National security is of paramount importance and I am inclined to believe the PWA president made this decision after due consideration. In the same vein the authorities must move speedily to address these concerns at the Soufriere Police Station.

    1. Anonymous
      February 10, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Hello, health is paramount…! Everything else is secondary

  7. Peace and Love
    February 10, 2017 at 9:24 am

    I too commend Mr.Laure and I trust that all responsible will move speedily in sorting and restoring working conditions for our valued officers. May God continue to bless and keep all… Good job lets rally together and get the job done. RESTORATION

  8. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Ee canot shut the police station down fund another location until repair the sick officer must get treatment remonia is very bad and they kill you faster. Your health is first let the goverment take care of that and the one who in charge mr laure you should have done your job better a bunch of sick people

  9. The voice
    February 10, 2017 at 9:55 am

    While I applaud the officers selflessness, I strongly disagree, this has been a problem long been discussed. After many months and many visits from the Commissioner of police, welfare president, ministry of health, etc etc, it was only after the officers took protest action yesterday, that they got any kind of action. They were promised a relocation 2 weeks ago, only to be told this week that the relocation is to costly. So why should the officers put their health at risk for a station or police force/ government that doesn’t value them ?

    I say demand immediate relocation, the time for patience and compromise has long past.

  10. The law
    February 10, 2017 at 10:05 am

    It is amazing how we speck when the show is on the other feet. Now the PW president is asking the officer to work in such conditions. This man is a politician now…lol ..smh. Officer it the government business to provide proper working conditions and keep you healthy and for you to provide the security. Sick officers can’t work.

    1. Amused
      February 10, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      Exactly, when it was the other government he would have protested…. But now officers health at risk he’s acting politician now and saying country first….it should country first all the time not when it suits him.

  11. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Why are some lucians so ignorant??? The officers never said they would keep working in the place ,so how are they putting their country before their health. To the fools saying health is paramount. Read to understand, THEY WOULD LIKE TO USE ANOTHER LOCATION FIT FOR WORK UNTIL THEIR ORIGINAL LOCATION IS FIXED!!!

    1. Queen Sugar
      February 10, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Yes they did!! Work on an 8 hour shift but don’t sleep there. Both you and the Officers have inhaled too much asbestosis. You’ll brains and fried and unable to think llogically.

      1. Amused
        February 10, 2017 at 12:49 pm

        Yes uh, so who’s ignorant now…..they still in the building for eight hours

  12. As It Is
    February 10, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Why must it always take action which may embarrass people so that others voices may be heard?
    Would any high ranking official in the government service or foreign associates be left to bear deplorable working conditions?
    Why is line staff always treated as the experiment?
    For all of you guys who support the President of the PWA on working in these conditions you are a bunch or BS-ers. That kind of mindset opens the gate for total exploitation of individuals on basic rights.
    The officers were willing to work without all the publicity but we couldn’t assist but now as the S*#$T hit the fan we “miraculously” have suggestions to assist.
    Furthermore since when health and safety is second place?
    Mr. President would you continue to work there if you were stationed there?
    We must take care of our human resource. A well tuned and oiled engine will always keep running.

  13. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Reliable sources have indicated that the meeting with soufriere police and police commissioner did not resolve the matter. The officers are currently still out of the station. Sources indicate that the officer was more upset at the fact that the labour department was contacted than anything else. He also sort to silence persons when they tried to ask questions. When questioned he would reply with “what is your rank ?” The commissioner also said that the gentleman who performed the inspection of the building did not have the authority to do such since he was simply a representative of the inspector.

  14. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    You get what you voted for, take that in your face. This is a hazardous work place and the Police Warfare Association President should be ashamed of his rebuke of the Labour Department decision to shut the place down. Let it be known that the Department of Labour is the Authority in this regard. Mr. Officer shut the Hell up you idot. Someone or many involve are telling lies. I stand with the workers, which in this case are Police Officers; Health and Safety is first and foremost.

  15. Confused
    February 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I would want to think this issue did not just surface. If it is a long outstanding concern , has the police commissioner, the president of the PWA and the parties affected have had a tete a tete to determine the best way forward. My humble opinion is , we wait until crisis time to act. Generally, we procrastinate too much and when things become out of proportion we begin to complain. The authorities please do the best and allow the officers to continue to serve and protect. I will not support laissez faire but our officers need to be safe

  16. common sense
    February 14, 2017 at 4:06 am

    some of us too small minded 8r self centered think if it if soufriere police statiin should close down you know the amount of chaos dem fellas will unleash inbthe community who will loot rob and steal! where are the citizens going to call for help? the next community pokice station which im sure bareky has enough resources for their own community farless to help cover crimes in an area like soufriere i agree health us important but clising down the station is madness find another temporary location