Saint Lucia police are at the end of their rope over the continued lack of closure to the so-called IMPACS matter involving allegations of extrajudicial police killings between 2010 and 2011.
The disclosure came Thursday from the President of the Police Welfare Association (PWA), Travis Chicot.
“The government and the necessary parties involved have not kept up to the promise of dealing with IMPACS,” Chicot asserted.
He explained that there are members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) who have continued to wait for more than eight years to see what will happen to them.
The PWA President noted that some police officers have been arrested and released.
“But nothing has happened,” Chicot lamented.
“You could imagine the psychology of a police officer having been arrested; interviewed for the offence of murder and to now take him and send him back to work; how devastated he can be,” the PWA President observed.
He explained that members of the officer’s family would be affected.
Chicot described the IMPACS matter as having been a ‘sour point’ for the PWA.
“Because of IMPACS we have seen the hands of the police being really tied. We have not been able to get the proper training to serve the public and for some reason, everybody is trying to sweep IMPACS under the carpet,” he declared.
However Chicot declared that IMPACS cannot be swept under the carpet.
“What has to be done with IMPACS has to be done now,” he stated.
He reiterated the justice delayed is justice denied.
According to Chicot, everyone knows the content of the report that was prepared by Jamaican investigators who conducted a probe into the reports of the extrajudicial killings by police here.
“We are the scapegoats – the police; the police; the police,” he told reporters.
Chicot recalled that three investigations have been done.
He called for the outcome to be made available to the people of Saint Lucia.
“It cannot be that we continue to say ‘We are dealing with it’. There comes a time for less lip service as it pertains to IMPACS,’ the PWA official declared.
In 2015, the then Kenny Anthony government said it had received a report of an investigation carried out by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) into the alleged extra-judicial killings.
Excerpts of the report, which said among other things that police here had a ‘death list’ were read on national television by Anthony
The document, known as the IMPACS (Implementation Agency for Crime and Security) report, followed the probe into allegations of 12 unlawful killings by the police.
In August 2013, the United States suspended all forms of assistance to the RSLPF, citing allegations of serious human rights violations.