The Police Welfare Association (PWA), has observed that the ongoing probe into allegations of extra-judicial killings by some members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), seems to be concentrated on the police.
PWA Public Relations Officer, Acting Sergeant Zachary Hippolyte, recalled that when then Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony, addressed the nation on the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) investigation into the killings, he mentioned the involvement of others.
Hippolyte told a news conference this week that Anthony spoke of the involvement of lawyers, politicians and businessmen.
“We would like to know – where are they? Are they being investigated? Is there a separate investigation for them? Have they been brought in for questioning the same way as our members are being brought in for questioning? Who are those persons? Where are they?” Hippolyte told the news conference.
He said that although the PWA is very concerned about the situation, its members continue to work.
“Thy come to work, they are heartbroken, there is uncertainty about their future. They believe they have been overlooked for promotion. They still have to go home to their kids and still have to be fathers,” he noted.
He said the officers still have to provide a service to members of the public.
“It is not an easy situation for them but we would like them to know – we the welfare executive, we are here, we are standing by them. We are not going to make them believe that they are all alone in this,” the PWA official declared.
He spoke against the backdrop of the start of a criminal investigation into the alleged extrajudicial killings by local police officers.
According to reports, at least three officers have been questioned by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
In late 2010 into early 2011, 12 people were fatally shot as part of a crackdown on violent crime dubbed – Operation Restore Confidence.
The United States government in 2013 withdrew all forms of assistance to the RSLPF, prompting an IMPACS investigation and a damning report, excerpts of which were read on March 8, 2015 by Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony in a national address.
Among other things, the report said police officers staged killings and planted weapons on suspects.