The President of the Police Welfare Association (PWA), Travis Chicot, has called on the authorities to make training and body cameras available to police officers.
His call follows a controversy over a recent incident in Dennery involving two female officers and a bus driver.
One of the officers was in uniform.
The other, said to be the sibling of the uniformed cop, is shown in one of several videos of the incident that went viral on social media, holding a lowered firearm.
“We contended and strongly postulate that if any of these oﬃcers were wearing a body camera, the stories would have been different,” the PWA President asserted in a statement to St Lucia Times.
In commenting on the release of the videos of the incident, Deputy Police Commissioner Milton Desir had warned last week against drawing conclusions based on ‘selective’ recordings.
The PWA President echoed similar sentiments in his statement Tuesday to St Lucia Times.
“We call on members of the public to report an unbiased event against Police oﬃcers and the citizenry must not only record when Police take action but the entire incident,” Chicot declared.
“I have seen the videos as the President of the Police Welfare Association and I am of the perception that the video where the bus driver resisted the lawful arrest and was insulting the two females was not given any air play or much discussion,” he asserted.
However the PWA President noted that there was much talk in relation to the part where the female officer was holding a ﬁrearm.
Chicot said it was sad that Saint Lucia women activists did not stand against the “abuse” of the two ladies, but instead, women hurled insults at them calling them illiterate and describing them in derogatory terms.
“We are ﬁrm believers that our members at all times must hold a high standard but we understand the nature of life. We as a Welfare Association are aware that the matter is presently under investigations and we await an outcome in this matter,” the PWA President observed in his written statement to St Lucia Times.
“We again call on the authorities to make the training and the body cameras available as we seek to hold Police Oﬃcers and the citizens of this country to a high standard,” Chicot said.