Senior Cop Says RSLPF Disciplinary System Works, Acknowledges Need To Publicise Cases

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A senior member of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has declared that its system for disciplining errant officers works.

But Assistant Commissioner of Police George Nicholas has acknowledged the need to go public with the cases.

“Once we have allegations made by members of the public against the police, we have the Complaints Unit that investigates,” Nicholas explained.

And he encouraged people to lodge their complaints with the unit.

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“Our discipline system works,” he asserted during an appearance Tuesday on Helen Television System (HTS).

Nicholas explained that due to the system, some officers received fines while others were fired.

“It works,” he stated regarding the RSLPF system of disciplining errant officers.

” Perhaps what we need to do is put out these results in the public domain so that people can be aware that okay, these are actions that are being taken against police officers who fall short of what the requirements are,” Nicholas told the interviewer, Andre Paul.

He also felt that the RSLPF needs to develop a better relationship with the media, while admitting that news conferences do not happen regularly enough.

“We have a lot of information that we have to put out, whether it be crime-related or whether it be other initiatives that we are undertaking and the public needs to know,” Nicholas said.

And he candidly admitted that the blame lies with the police.

“We are not out there enough providing the information. Because once you don’t provide the information, people will speculate,” Nicholas noted.

He said it would be hard hard to take corrective measures afterward.

“But once we are out there providing the information, I think we would do a lot better,” Nicholas declared.

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Side note: This senior cop is a cool cop. I remember one time I was smoking marijuana and this cop was sitting close by.
    I ain’t even know he a cop. One of the fellas call me a side and tell me that’s a police.
    Boy I ran so fast. He could of arrest me but he chose to just let it go.
    I have big respect for this cop. I ain’t want him to catch me in no slackness ever again.

  2. ACP, the problem is more about the citizens RESPECT and TRUST of the police.
    I think it would be in the police force interest to work on regain the public respect and trust.
    It doesn’t matter how much publishing you do, if there is the absence of trust , people will not believe the police.

  3. Mr. Nicholas, have all you put police at the Anse La Raye police station? That is a station without police. Anytime one call Anse La Raye on a report especially if it is at Jacmel, Roseau or Boisden , you can never see one. The reply is no transport or no staff. And even if they come they will take no action.

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