Former Minister Urges Pay Hike For The Police

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Former National Security Minister Dr. Keith Mondesir believes members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) should get improved pay  and more resources while defending officers who engage in off-duty security work.

“I said in any country any man can hold two jobs or three jobs and do it efficiently. The only thing in my opinion is that they have to apply for licences to get their own guns. They cannot use state guns to go and guard people,” Mondesir explained.

He said he sees no problem in police officers earning extra money since they would provide a better service than individuals who call themselves security guards but sleep on the job.

According to Mondesir, police officers are not well paid in Saint Lucia.

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“Hence the reason why when I was Minister of National Security I said ‘You’ve got to pay these fellows better’ because in other countries they are paid a fair wage because their lives are always at risk and at stake,” he observed.

“We need to put our priorities right. We need to look at first of all, who can be a police office and we need to give them a salary where they are happy and you are happy with the result that they bring to you,” Mondesir stated.

“Treat your police officers well. Give them a good salary. That would be an attraction not only to the scum of the society to go and join policing – the last thing you want is to be an officer. But you have to have a desire to be an officer because you are well paid. Unless we do that you will have guys last resort they are going and join the police force and they have no love for what they are doing. You will never get them working hard for you,” he told St Lucia Times.

The former Minister also spoke of the need to be more selective in hiring people to be members of the RSLPF and advocated better treatment for informants on whom the police depend for information.

Mondesir spoke in the aftermath of Saturday night’s fatal shooting of off-duty police constable Nathan Timaitre at Bocage, Castries.

Shooters ambushed Timaitre and his colleague as they engaged in a cash escort.

The colleague sustained severe injuries and was hospitalized.

Mondesir condemned the attack and reiterated calls for very tough measures against criminals.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Mondesier not only police officers that are paid better overseas. If you want yo pay police officers better a country must pay their workers better in general. Armed securities should be better too but are paid $5.00 an hour.
    Everyday people are risking their lives going and performing company’s work yet they are not paid better. Mondesir you cannot compare other countries like that. We do not have natural resources like the other countries, plus why are people entering the police force? Are they asking the potential officers this question when interviewing them? Y’all quick to want to raise civil servants salaries when they have more leeway than private companies. In this day and age no one should be getting a salary of less than $2000 per month and if they were getting paid less than that amount government should put the balance. The constitution needs changing.

  2. It goes beyond salary. The officers who loves their job and do a wonderful job at what they do are not being promoted. The lazy ones are the ones being promoted because of who they know and which minister knows them. Rarely do you get the officers bursting their tail off putting their lives on the line in the south gets a promotion. Those in the high racky knows it. Officers will excel at interviews and all they will not be promoted but those who cannot even comprehend what the interviewer is asking are the ones being promoted. It is high time that wrong be made right in the police force so they force can work as a team and function probably. The politicians and the high racky of the force are the ones destroying the force. Some officers although they are always being sideline for promotion it is because they love what they do and have a conscience that they stil put their all into it. I have learnt in life anytime someone cannot recognized they have a conscience and wants to redeem themselves by standing up for the wrong they did then there will never be logout in that area of their lives. Please bring back commissioner felon Francois. An intelligent a who knew what he was doing and wo oved the force. Give the officers that deserve promotion what is due to them and then let god heal the police force. Peace and love

  3. While I agree that there is need to pay them a better salary let me say that there are officers who love what they do protecting the citizens and it’s not all about the money. I can say the ORC group of police we had were the best set. Those guys had a love for policing and serving their country protecting us. There can never be a good set of police officers like them again along with mr felon Francois the best police commissioner we ever had. We don’t appreciate and nurture the good when we have it. Even now there are a few good officers who loves their job and do it to the best of their abilities but they are being side stepped In promotion and recognition. The high racky of the police force knows it. Are police officers on the south Vieux fort choiseul Laborie being recognized. We have a few officers in Vfort who love what they do and do it to the best of their abilities but for years they are not promoted. The police force is doom for failure because they are paying for greed and for destroying their very own. The criminals are taking pleasure in destroying lives because they no not many of the officers will want to go after them for fear of they getting the treatment that the officers who were in ORC and put their lives on the lines got. I will forever respect a police officer and the job that they do. It is dangerous work and I will always condemn those in leadership who have destroyed the force. Until you make it right with god yourself and the officers you have destroyed their lives gods will never grant peace in st. Lucia. Fear god and do what is right. That is the only man you aught to fear because he is the one that can allow your life to be taken away at the blink of an eye. Learn to love your neighbor. Give a man what he deserves. Do not rub him of nothing for when you do your father who sees all in secret will eventually rub you of all especially when you did not get it in honesty.

  4. While I agree that there is need to pay them a better salary let me say that there are officers who love what they do protecting the citizens and it’s not all about the money. I can say the ORC group of police we had were the best set. Those guys had a love for policing and serving their country protecting us. There can never be a good set of police officers like them again along with mr felon Francois the best police commissioner we ever had. We don’t appreciate and nurture the good when we have it. Even now there are a few good officers who loves their job and do it to the best of their abilities but they are being side stepped In promotion and recognition. The high racky of the police force knows it. Are police officers on the south Vieux fort choiseul Laborie being recognized. We have a few officers in Vfort who love what they do and do it to the best of their abilities but for years they are not promoted. The police force is doom for failure because they are paying for greed and for destroying their very own. The criminals are taking pleasure in destroying lives because they no not many of the officers will want to go after them for fear of they getting the treatment that the officers who were in ORC and put their lives on the lines got. I will forever respect a police officer and the job that they do. It is dangerous work and I will always condemn those in leadership who have destroyed the force. Until you make it right with god yourself and the officers you have destroyed their lives gods will never grant peace in st. Lucia. Fear god and do what is right. That is the only man you aught to fear because he is the one that can allow your life to be taken away at the blink of an eye. Learn to love your neighbor. Give a man what he deserves. Do not rub him of nothing for when you do your father who sees all in secret will eventually rub you of all especially when you did not get it in honesty. Peace and love

  5. This clearly shows that every had working Saint Lucia in this country deserves a pay rise. (I said hard working Saint Lucians)

    If the police have to do special duties to make ends meet with their guaranteed pay at the end of every month then that also highlights the fact that others who aren’t on such salary are struggling too.

    The corrupt will not stop due to the greediness of us humans and that’s the downfall.

    Are they going to produce the goods for an increase wage? 🤔

  6. Mondesir salary is an issue for every class of worker in St Lucia, cause we are among the lowest paid in the Caribbean. However the police real issues have a lot more to do with than salary. First of all police morale is at an all time low and if you think I’m joking just watch how they dealt with that hooligan, Yardie. The police suffer a lot from lack of leadership and now with Vern being touted to head the RSLPF, leadership will take a further plunge. Promotions I think would be one of the most sour points as politicians and their associates continue to interfere with who gets promoted. Mondesir if you were so concerned you should have done it while you were minister cause you will never have that opportunity again.

  7. Agreed. That would attract a better calibre of worker and hopefully improve the police farce we currently have.

  8. thats the same thing i was saying if any government worker deserves a raise are those guys honestly but they still have to do their job efficiently and who knows if the pay was good they would not have to further risk their lives doing other jobs

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