Chastanet thanks police for working under difficult conditions

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has expressed gratitude to members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) for the work they have been doing over the years, under challenging conditions.

‘I know by the conditions I have seen your offices in – the conditions in which the state has asked you to perform your duties, that it would be very easy to think that you are forgotten and you are not important,’ Chastanet told a general meeting of the Police Welfare Association (PWA) Wednesday.

‘I clearly understand how you could come to that conclusion,’ he declared.

Chastanet said when he came in as prime minister he was shocked when an audit of the security and justice system was done.

He described the results as ‘just horrifying.’

The PM mentioned, among other things, that coast boats  and the two radar systems were not working and the forensic lab was not functioning.

In addition, he explained that there was no DPP and the office of the DPP had been ‘depleted’, while court houses were ‘all over he place.’

‘More importantly, was the indignity in which police officers were being asked to perform,’ he told his audience at the CSA Centre, Sans Souci.

(Section of audience at C.S.A Centre)

Chastanet recalled that his wife had taken up the cause of the police and the fire service.

‘Other than the police stations that I have seen for myself, she has been to every one of them and has taken pictures and is trying in her own way to be able to  resolve some of the deficiencies that exist,’ he stated.

The PM said it would be difficult for his administration to upgrade standards overnight.

But he asserted that his government is ‘absolutely committed’ to an upgrade.

Chastanet revealed that several different locations have been looked at as places to house the court of justice, the latest one  being Barnard Hill, which would involve relocating the National Cultural Centre.

He stated that progress is being made in relation to the establishment of a new police headquarters at the site of the former Golden Hope hospital.

‘It is an incredible building. It is being designed with the assistance of  architects from Canada who have designed similar facilities for the government of Canada,’ Chastanet told police officers.

He asserted that he was ‘very excited’ about the project.

‘We are also talking about the Marine Police  moving away from where they are currently located and putting them at the bottom of Bananes where the Texaco storage facilities used to be,’ the PM said.

He added that his administration was moving as quickly as it could to fix up police and fire stations.

‘It is with the greatest amount of sincerity that I come here to say to you – ‘Thank you for what you have been doing,”’ Chastanet told police officers.

 

 

 

 

5 Comments

  1. Still There
    February 7, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    After almost two years in office all the PM can do is to tell the Police Officers what they already know – they are working in poor conditions .Chastanet had to get in office to get to know what all St. Lucians have known for years. Yet after almost two years in office he cannot suggest one solution to the plight of the police than to speak of looking at sites. But we all know that even in that the PM does more talking than acting.

  2. ......
    February 7, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    NOT IMPRESS MR PM ……

  3. Timtim
    February 8, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Bashing the PM will get the country nowhere. It’s high time we St Lucians applaud the good and be critical of any wrongdoing. Most importantly, he has taken time out to highlight those issues and we know he is aware. That, we should accept. But, when the time comes and nothing is done, then, we must hold him and his administration accountable at the poles. So let’s not be a people resistant to change for the betterment of our country. Time for a new strategy because personal attacks are ineffective.

    1. Anhonymous guy
      February 8, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      So now as your preferred PM is in, we are not suppose to bash the PM? Hmm interesting the Honeymoon is over time for results

  4. Max
    February 8, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Keep up the good doing

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