PWA concerned over focus on police in killings probe

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.

10 Comments

  1. Vitalis.
    September 28, 2017 at 4:01 pm Reply

    Focus on the Police is obvious, inevitable, logical and expected, because they are the ones accused of doing the acts.

  2. Anonymous
    September 28, 2017 at 4:13 pm Reply

    You should be careful repeating or making a decision on what Dr Kenny said on a document he thought would have been in his possession only. As a law enforcement officer you should know the statement made by the then PM was not the right thing to do, on sure matter, so you should not expect the government or DPP to say it is true or not.

  3. Anonymous
    September 28, 2017 at 5:47 pm Reply

    The job of a police is risky, arduous and unthankful. Without them society would be ungovernable but many seize every nanoscale opportunity they get to berate these indispensable group of public servants. Yes, they are imperfect like all of us and falter at times but are undeserving of the most venomous and slanderous verbal attacks that are leveled against them. As in any large group, there are going to be some rotten apples. Some real examples are Christians, politicians, lawyers, contractors, teachers and I could continue almost ad infinitum. Let the process continue unimpeded. If the accused are truly innocent they have little to worry about. Let the chips fall where they may. My major point is that we as a society are too judgmental of the police. We should hold them accountable but refrain from bashing them so relentlessly. They are humans just like us.

    Vibz

    1. Merciful
      September 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply

      They should have thought about that before they went around killing people. THEY ARE HUMANS JUST LIKE US. SO WHY IS THE LAWS DIFFERENT WHEN POLICE COMMITS A CRIME , COMPARE TO A NORMAL CITIZEN? PEOPLE NEED JUSTICE FOR THEY FAMILIE.

  4. Concerned
    September 28, 2017 at 7:27 pm Reply

    Fear of the police has always been an engrained issue in our society. This should not be the case. I think a lot of what’s going on has been precipitated by the gradual breakdown of family values and the past and present actions of the police. There is a lot of unprofessionalism displayed daily towards members of the public. There should be a level of trust, but that will not happen unless we start community policing. Walk the beat and engage with people. Have conversations with the kids. Be part of the community, if you see kids playing ball, join them, even if it’s for a minute. This will go a long way in healing the rifts that are so obvious. This will take some time…but wounds always take time unless you do the things that will help expedite the healing.

    1. Merciful
      September 28, 2017 at 9:02 pm Reply

      Perfectly said….

  5. Anonymous
    September 29, 2017 at 3:24 am Reply

    What we need is a revolution to drive away the chastanet administration out of the country

  6. Anonymous
    September 29, 2017 at 9:23 am Reply

    i’m with the police bring back ORC

  7. Anonymous
    September 29, 2017 at 10:10 am Reply

    Lots help us….

  8. Anonymous
    September 29, 2017 at 10:11 am Reply

    Lord help us

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