The Police Welfare Association (PWA) has urged the Woman Police Constable (WPC) at the centre of a probe for allegedly refusing to take a telephone call from the Minister of National Security, Hermangild Francis, to remain strong amidst the controversy.

Francis has been condemned on social media over the issue.

Asked how the WPC felt about the entire affair, PWA President, Travis Chicot told St Lucia Times that he was not sure.

“But I know as the President I have asked her to remain strong,” Chicot said.

He said the PWA will not be quick to speak, but will await the outcome of the investigation.

“This is something that every police officer at one time or the other will go through,” the PWA official observed.

He disclosed plans to meet with the PWA executive on Monday and with the WPC.

“After she has informed me in its entirety what has transpired, I will make a formal statement on the matter,” he promised.

According to Chicot, a lot of members of the PWA are feeling ‘disgruntled’ at present.

“Morale is at an all time low, so it is always our responsibility as an association to meet with the membership and assist in any way that we can to increase morale,” Chicot explained.

17 COMMENTS

  1. Guys please don’t let that demotivate you’ll. that is load of crap. If the officer let illegal stuff come into the state they would be the first to condemn her. We are rooting for her out there.

  2. Asked how the WPC felt about the entire affair, PWA President, Travis Chicot told St Lucia Times that he was not sure.
    This is unacceptable, the President should be in a position to know. By now I would have thought the the President would have already reached out to the officer and by doing so when asked the question, his response could have been, She is holding on strong.
    I also believe the President should not be making any unnecessary statements to the press on the matter but rather he and the executive should focus on offering the officer effective representation.
    Sometimes I believe the PWA focus too much on benefits and pay increases instead of the welfare and conditions of work. Just my insight.

  3. Be strong stay strong. You did nothing wrong. You were performing your duties. The commissioner is your boss not the minister or even the prime minister. There are channels of communication and the minister breach it totally. So Mr. Chicot you and your executive stand firm.

  4. Exactly my thoughts if the minister know that there is a chain of command why did he not follow it and why did he call the wpc directly

  5. And he has the guts to talk about weight; So he swing the load on the poor Lady? President assemble your troops you know! We will out there waiting!

  6. And he is talking about weight. So he discharges his load on the poor lady? President, assemble your troops you know, and we will be out there waiting. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT COMMENT YOU ARE NOT SHOWING IT, are you please with what is taking place in our country today?

  7. What is wrong with u people, for a simple incident like this u ppl blowing this thing way out of proportion with insinuations .please ppl grow up, the minister simply ask to speak to the wpo she wouldn’t even pick up the phone to find out what course of information he wouldve given to her, obviously there must have been an agenda,certainly ministers don’t call on WPO to commit any sort of corruption in public. This woman is an example of the rift which is created in the police force to enhance certain pal angender.

    • Francis James, i couldn’t agree with you more. Why are lucians so disrespectful and rebellious in their thoughts and actions. What is wrong in taking a phone call from a government minister ?

      • The feeble minded Minister is the one making a mountain out of an ant hill. This supercilious behavior by the Minister because he got his eggshell ego bruised is unbecoming of a highly positioned public servant. You are not to ‘boss around’ people, you are to offer servant leadership. Power has brought out the vanity in you to the fore. Go and chart a feasible plan to curtail the many homicides, rapes, sexual abuse cases, robberies, house break-ins. Mr. Minister, you have too much idle time on your hand to make mischief. Go get busy.

      • We learned from guy Joseph, so rebellious in his thoughts and actions, refused to withdraw his statement when ordered by the speaker. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  8. Again I will say when you as a WPC is too big to take a call from the minister of national security then there is something fundamentally wrong with your way of thinking. If what was said is proven to be compromising or illegal the you don’t carry it out. But gosh get off the high horse and answer the call. If the commissioner of police which is her boss can take a call and subsequently directives from the minister then who is she to not be able to bring herself to do the same. It speaks to the wider arrogance that infest the minds, attitude and character of these individuals when they become police officers. How would these same officers that are supporting her feel if they were to call a civilian and the person say I am not taking the call because the officer is not my boss. Is this really the society we want to leave in. Do we always need a boss on our backs to do what’s right or decent?

  9. Again I will say when you as a WPC is too big to take a call from the minister of national security then there is something fundamentally wrong with your way of thinking. If what was said is proven to be compromising or illegal the you don’t carry it out. But gosh get off the high horse and answer the call. If the commissioner of police which is her boss can take a call and subsequently directives from the minister then who is she to not be able to bring herself to do the same. It speaks to the wider arrogance that infest the minds, attitude and character of these individuals when they become police officers. How would these same officers that are supporting her feel if they were to call a civilian and the person say I am not taking the call because the officer is not my boss. Is this really the society we want to leave in? You are not my boss so you cannot speak to me? Do we always need a boss on our backs to do what’s right or decent?

    • Have you for one minute thought that she could have been the victim of a prank call if she had answered that phone. Then, you would be saying she is stupid. Is the Chain of Command a difficult concept to understand. Try Google.
      Does the British Defence Minister call a private in the guardhouse with instructions?

      • Poule Foe I am not in disagreement with you. This whole thing could have been avoided on both sides. The minister knew these people were coming and the proper thing should have been to send some official document or like you said contact the officers superior. However sometimes things do happen very quickly. She could have answered the call and said sir there is no way I can verify this is you calling and so I cannot carry out your instructions. She could have even said that to the commissioner if he calls over the phone as well unless his number showed up on her phone. But at least she would have some cover. But to say I am not taking any calls from the minister is just a bit rude and disrespectful. I would have said since I cannot verify it’s you do you mind coming down to the airport and I will be more than happy to facilitate you. Put the onus on him. But I sense she knew. Everything was just to perfect. First off how did the assistant to the minister gain access to a secure area. She had to be granted access. Two she came for French visitors and had documents or at least the visitor knew someone was coming for them. And many other evidence that the WPC was just being defiant: using her emotions without the benefit of her intellect.

  10. This PWA President need a good workout. His physic alone is already a bad impression. Maybe a fitness program will help him think.

  11. In a vast politically divided country you are referring to what is written on social media on such an issue? This show how lame this president think. If we had to make a decision on who would have won the last election based on social media, SLP should have won 17-0. Bro wake up and don’t look like a fool in the eyes of the public.

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