Police Welfare Association (PWA) President, Camron Laure, has lauded officers attached to the Soufriere police station, as agreement was reached today on addressing the problem of health and safety issues at the station that prompted the Department of Labour to direct that all work activities in the building cease as of yesterday afternoon.
“I want to thank members of the Soufriere station for staying on the job even after the Labour Department gave orders to shut down the station,” Laure told the Times.
The PWA President also expressed gratitude to the Acting Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, for taking the time to visit the Soufriere station and thanked Health and Safety Inspectors from the Department of Labour for sitting with the PWA to work out a way forward.
Laure spoke after concluding a meeting today with the management of the Soufriere police station, Acting Police Commissioner Desir and Health and Safety officials.
“I must say the members are satisfied with the outcome of the meeting and so is the Welfare Association,” the PWA official said.
He told the Times that the building was again inspected and the previous agreement was adopted to condemn the upper part of the structure and two offices downstairs, while officers continue to occupy the bottom part of the station.
The PWA President explained that a building next to the police station was identified where the police officers could relocate, but work is currently being done on the property.
He stated that at least one part of that building can be used immediately to facilitate police officers working the eight hour shift, until the entire property can be properly retrofitted to facilitate a complete transfer of all officers from the Soufriere station.
Laure told the Times that agreement was reached for a thorough cleaning of the portion of the Soufriere station that officers will be using temporarily.
He said there is a plan to visit and assess all police stations to determine the best way to address the conditions at those other places of work.