PWA wants ‘immediate’ halt to WPC probe

The Police Welfare Association (PWA) has signalled its intention to write Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, requesting an end to the probe into allegations that a Woman Police Officer (WPC), acted in an insubordinate manner towards National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis.

” We will be writing the Police Commissioner asking for an immediate discontinuation of this investigation, since the minister has admitted that he understands protocol and the chain of command of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force in an article of St Lucia Times on August 16, 2018,” PWA President, Travis Chicot told a news conference Monday.

“Having conducted our own investigations, we stand firmly in solidarity with the police officer and will provide her with the necessary support,” he said.

The PWA President declared  that the constitution gives the Police Commissioner authority over the operations of the force.

“No individual, whether politician or otherwise’ should use his or her office to influence or appear to influence the daily operations if the police officer,” Chicot asserted.

Monday’s news conference followed an executive meeting of the PWA.

 

17 Comments

  1. SLU OBSERVER
    August 20, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Minister busy reporting a WPC for doing her job …flexing his muscle ..because he has WEIGHT as a Minister. .. That’s why he was never given the commissioner post … Mr Hermangild get busy as a policy maker and don’t Micro manage the department’s under you …

  2. Change
    August 20, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    If Saint Lucians were serious about good governance they would be demanding that the Minister resign immediately.

    1. Only Now??!!!
      August 26, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Only now? Conveniently right? Youll Lucians make me sick

  3. Sweety
    August 20, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Bravo Mr President. I stand in solidarity as well

  4. Eye In The Sky
    August 20, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Dem fellas mad. You all want an immediate halt to the investigation? How can you all be so silly when it is an investigation that will determine the facts of the matter. Is this the kind of logic you all use to solve cases? That woman police officer is wrong, and so are you Chicot.

    1. Anon1
      August 20, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      The PWA has the constitution of st.lucia to back them.what do you have to prove they are wrong

  5. zabo
    August 20, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Oh yes Mr. President, it is time to stop that stupidity against our police officers, not only them, we are going to the work place with fear of what will happen next, because pride and arrogance has been established in our society by our superiors (boss,) people are going to the work place with fear of what will happen next, and mind you, these so call bosses have their supporters out there, and they are talking about context. Can you imagine sitting there with over 400 customers to serve, going through all these immigration cards?
    A volunteer is a helper and not the other way round, excuse me; a Minister is responsible for his ministry, to every department there is a supervisor, or else the weight will be too heavy, less you fall! everybody knows the law, but when the time come, they don’t know **** ****.

  6. zabo
    August 20, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Oh yes Mr. President, it is time to stop that stupidity against our police officers, not only them, we are going to the work place with fear of what will happen next, because pride and arrogance has been established in our society by our superiors (boss,) people are going to the work place with fear of what will happen next, and mind you, these so call bosses have their supporters out there, and they are talking about context. Can you imagine sitting there with over 400 customers to serve, going through all the immigration cards?
    A volunteer is a helper and not the other way round, excuse me; a Minister is responsible for his ministry, to every department there is a supervisor, or else the weight will be too heavy, less you fall!

  7. zabo
    August 20, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    So all you don’t like to hear the truth? ; you wicked ones, show my cements man! Less you fall too!

  8. zabo
    August 20, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Oh yes Mr. President, it is time to stop that stupidity against our police officers, not only them, we are going to the work place with fear of what will happen next, because pride and arrogance has been established in our society by our superiors (boss,) people are going to the work place with fear of what will happen next, and mind you, these so call bosses have their supporters out there, and they are talking about context. Can you imagine sitting there with over 400 customers to serve, going through all the immigration cards?
    A volunteer is a helper and not the other way round, excuse me; a Minister is responsible for his ministry, to every department there is a supervisor, or else the weight will be too heavy, less you fall!

  9. Hope and Change
    August 20, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    These politicians are stuck in the old fashion ideas of the state as a bully with it command and control mechanisms(weight). The world has changed. We now live in a post-modern democracy where the state is just one other actor. Ministers need the skills to operate within strategic networks if they are to get any meaningful things done. However, because they lack the skills and knowledge to make meaningful contributions, they revert to their managerial training in command and control. As a result their response to crime and the causes of crime are outdated. And they are failing because they cannot provide the required leadership that is needed to build the news institutions[policing of the self] for tackling crime and persistent poverty.

  10. Allen must go
    August 21, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Wow. Crime is getting out of hand and the minister and everyone is focussing on this lady
    What was her crime

  11. Anon1
    August 21, 2018 at 2:57 am

    Minister, you are disrespecting the Office you currently hold subsequently embarrassing yourself.

    You owe the WPC a public apology for over stepping your remit – that’s NOT YOUR ROLE Sir.

    As an ex-Deputy Commissioner of Police you do know better and you know you don’t have right to try sway the decision or interfere with the Forces’ day to running’s, absolutely none.

    Follow the hierarchy Sir your liaison in matters with rank and file officers is the Commissioner of Police.

    Now do the right thing and apologies to the officer. Or keep losing the little respect you have left from the public.

  12. Anon1
    August 21, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Minister, you are disrespecting the Office you currently hold subsequently embarrassing yourself.

    You owe the WPC a public apology for over stepping your remit – that’s NOT YOUR ROLE Sir.

    As an ex-Deputy Commissioner of Police you do know better and you know you don’t have right to try sway the decision or interfere with the Forces’ day to running’s, absolutely none.

    Follow the hierarchy Sir your liaison in matters with rank and file officers is the Commissioner of Police.

    Now do the right thing and apologies to the officer. Or keep losing the little respect you have left from the public.

  13. Vibz
    August 21, 2018 at 6:53 am

    The National Security Minister should hang his head in eternal shame in managing to make himself look like an ignoramus. He most definitely encroached beyond his bounds. The combination of arrogance and ignorance is at play. Look at the rapidly escalating crime situation in the land and nothing new has been put in place to lessen it. In any other jurisdiction, the National Security Minister would have been summarily discarded. He is a dead weight. This Cabinet of Ministers is comprised of people of the lowest denominator. Incompetence (Hermangild Francis and immortality (Ubaldus Raymond) are rewarded with important portfolios.

    1. Anon1
      August 21, 2018 at 7:46 am

      I beg to differ with regards to crime levels and particularly homicides.

      The Commissioner of Police has publicly disclosed that there is a strategy in place and that he has a self imposed (questionable) target of 25 homicides for 2018.

      With the new strategy being in place the current homicide run rate is:-

      21/8*12= 31.5

  14. Vaughn Blanchard
    August 21, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Who went public with the incident? Niw the lady may be disciplined?

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