Op­er­a­tion Re­store Cops?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - FRONT PAGE -

While the no homi­cides in three months statis­tic is in­deed a wel­come change, the Po­lice Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion’s pres­i­dent is con­cerned about what he re­ferred to as “the un­ease within the po­lice force.”

Cameron Laure told the me­dia, in the af­ter­math of the prime min­is­ter’s speech on the IMPACS re­port, that po­lice of­fi­cers ap­peared “de­mor­al­ized.” On Tues­day the as­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing had to be post­poned due to the poor at­ten­dance—a re­flec­tion of how mem­bers are cop­ing with “the dark clouds” em­a­nat­ing from what the prime min­is­ter re­vealed, said Laure.

“Some of­fi­cers are now re­luc­tant to speak out,” the as­so­ci­a­tion’s pres­i­dent said, “and I be­lieve that this is all con­nected to the pro­nounce­ments that were made.”

But the dark clouds are not with­out a sil­ver lining, how­ever thin. Laure is op­ti­mistic that the of­fi­cers will rise to what­ever chal­lenges con­front them. “There is no doubt in my mind that when the time comes for of­fi­cers to per­form their du­ties and to en­gage the public, they will do so to the best of their abil­ity,” he said in a short in­ter­view.

Mean­while Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ver­non Fran­cois who has been on va­ca­tion for over a month, is ex­pected back on duty later this month, even as ru­mours cir­cu­late about pending changes to the head on the RSLPF.

Cameron Laure: The Po­lice Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent says that at the mo­ment mem­bers are de­mor­al­ized.

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