PWA urges halt to suspension of Cops

PWA urges halt to suspension of Cops

The Police Welfare Association (PWA) wants an end to the suspension of police officers, comparing the practice to being on remand.

“The only difference is that they are out and they are getting half pay,” PWA President, Travis Chicot told reporters on Wednesday.

“Suspension of officers – we believe as a  Welfare Association should be a practice that should be stopped within the organisation,” Chicot said.

He spoke on Wednesday as  the PWA met with officers who are on suspension pending  the outcome of  a number of matters.

Chicot said the PWA’s new executive had reached out to the officers to discuss their situation and determine how their issues can be resolved.

He disclosed that some of the officers have been on prolonged suspension amounting to up to eight years in some instances.

The PWA President said the police officers are still a part of the association and the RSLPF.

“These members have  said it in the open, they have said it to members that  they believe as contributing members to  the welfare association they are being left out and you have promotions going on, you have key matters in the organisation where they do not have a say,” Chicot explained.

He asserted that some of the suspended members are ‘brilliant’ officers.

“Why should they even go on suspension?” Chicot said.

He observed that currently in the entire RSLPF there are some ten police officers on suspension, all of whom are police constables or special police constables.

Chicot said that normally when officers are reported for criminal activities they are suspended by the hierarchy of the force as they await trial.

According to him, the PWA was meeting with the officers to discuss the situation.

“We are not the professionals, but as an organisation we can always bring it back to our general membership which we are supposed to meet with on Friday,”  Chicot stated, adding that as an organisation the PWA is looking at the way forward for the suspended officers.

“We understand their plight. It is a very difficult situation, especially in the times that we are living in to be on half pay,” he said.

Chicot said  the PWA  will do whatever it can to assist.

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply

    Totally agree.

  2. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 1:06 pm Reply

    Sir what do you prefer the police officers being out of duty on suspension pending investigation(s) or they being held on remand at the Bordelaise facility pending investigation(s).
    All we need is a faster and more efficient court system.

    1. Anonymous
      May 5, 2017 at 6:40 pm Reply

      ON TARGST

  3. straight shooter
    May 4, 2017 at 6:33 pm Reply

    Is the P W A president a mad man. Mr. Travis Chicot i believe that you are a mad man and should be investigated in light of your comments. If you are encouraging wrong doing in the police force you should be removed from your position as president. There are wide spread corruption in the police force , you know it i know it and others too, so why this dumb statement. I believe the people of St Lucia need an apology from you or step down. The police force has enough man power and are being paid well so there will be no problem replacing the bad eggs.

    1. Anonymous
      May 5, 2017 at 5:48 am Reply

      Awa in this country I just can’t say nothing

    2. Anonymous
      May 5, 2017 at 6:36 pm Reply

      Very swell said, Why are they on suspension? They must have done something wrong they have it good…very good no work at half pay seems to me to be a good deal.

  4. Anonymous
    May 4, 2017 at 10:20 pm Reply

    Police should be fired not on suspension with pay. That man is a mad man for sure

  5. Hard hittin
    May 5, 2017 at 7:24 am Reply

    Suspentions apply even to law officers sir. !! It’s a way of saying your actions. We’re questionable Mr chicot

  6. Michelle
    May 5, 2017 at 10:08 am Reply

    Maybe the police officers should quit committing crimes.

  7. Anonymous
    May 5, 2017 at 10:16 am Reply

    We need to address the bigger problem. That is with the courts. Significant resources should be given to address the rate at which cases are heard and concluded. We may need some external force to audit and make recommendations. We have a system that uses significant resources and time to try a matter for example $200 dollars was stolen. If you spend $5000.00 (educated guess: lawyers, jurors, police pay, judge pay, transportation, loss of productivity from workers who are witnesses, court staff pay …) trying such a case something is wrong. Also by the time one case is done. 50 more similar crimes have been added to the backlog. At a rate such as this we are doomed.

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