The President of the Police Welfare Association (PWA), Travic Chicot, has told members of the media that the organisation will be calling on them to highlight not only the negatives pertaining to the organisation, but the positive as well.
Chicot observed that sometimes when members of the media approach the PWA, it is regarding a developing story where the police appear to have found themselves in ‘hot water.’
“I can ask you to rest assured that when the good things are happening, you will be called upon to carry those stories so that the persons and the people of Saint Lucia can know,” the PWA President said.
Chicot spoke at a news conference yesterday, the first to be held by the new executive of the PWA since its election earlier this week.
Members of the media raised the issue of the misuse of firearms by the police.
The PWA’s Public Relations Officer, Zachary Hippolyte, explained that the organisation and the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) are always concerned when a citizen suffers harm at the hands of a police officer or a life is lost.
However Hippolyte said there are procedures to address such situations.
“As you know, we are very transparent – investigations are initiated whenever such things happen,” he stated, adding that officers are continually trained.
“It is the reality that we are dealing with human beings and no one is perfect,” the PWA Public Relations Officer explained.
He said there is no organisation that operates in a flawless manner without any issues being experienced..
Hippolyte said the PWA is committed to providing professional, unbiased and effective representation for any of its members who find themselves in a ‘serious’ situation.
But he said that the organisation will allow the law and the investigative process to take their course.