A serious problem of mold infestation has been reported at the Choiseul Police station, prompting the authorities to take action to deal with the situation.
National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, told the Times that representatives of the National Insurance Property Development and Management Company -NIPRO, went to the station on Monday to do a clean up.
“The idea was that they would have dealt with the roofing of the police station yesterday, but because of the rains which were not anticipated because of our dry season, when they got down there they could not have done the roof,” Francis explained.
He told the Times that as a result, some police officers were asked to leave the Choiseul station.
Francis said attempts are being made to house the officers in an area which is not far from the station to facilitate deep cleaning of their work place.
“The situation is very bad and we should not allow our officers to work under these conditions,” the minister, who is a former Deputy Police Commissioner declared.
It has been reported that over the past few days the officers have been operating from the station’s garage while the station remains closed.
However, Francis told the Times that the officers were not in a garage.
“They’re not in a garage – they are supposed to be in a building where I think it houses a Post Office but the Postman only comes in about twice a week. So we are looking to get at least a couple of the police officers to remain there, whereas we are going to be sending the rest of the police officers to stations at Laborie and Soufriere,” Francis disclosed.
He said a police presence will be maintained at Choiseul in the event that something were to happen.
Sources have informed the Times that at the root of the mold problem may be leaking water pipes that run inside the station walls.
They revealed that the mold problem is a longstanding one.
Executive members of the Police Welfare Association (PWA) were preparing Thursday morning to visit the Choiseul station.
Senior members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force were also understood to be planning a separate visit there.