Yesterday, Sunday, September 7, I stood in my backyard and noticed something unusual. I took a second look and noticed that a boat, yacht or such was sinking and persons were jumping off the boat. I picked up my cellphone and opted to contact the police, seeing that I did not know how to contact port police directly.
The first time I called no one picked up. I called a second time and someone picked up. I said hello and started to state where I lived and what I was seeing. Before I could explain further, the lady on the other end of the line was already conversing with someone in the office, having said nothing to me. At that point the call dropped, or to my understanding the person on the line dropped the call.
I called several times after that but there was no answer. I called again, this time all I heard was a quick “jus now I deh taking a report”. I waited, hearing everything that was going on in the background. The call dropped again after a while or to my understanding the person on the line dropped the call. I was frustrated at that point, but the boat was sinking so I opted to call yet AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN!
I finally got an answer. Before I could say “hello, good afternoon” I was greeted to a “you doe hear I tell you hold on? I tell you I taking a report!”
To anyone, who would not say what was on their mind at that point, I would give them an award for patience. I told the lady on the line: “What you just did was very unprofessional!” She started to rant about how she asked me to hold on. I told her that she never did such. She insisted she did. I then told her, “I heard you say something, I don’t know who you were speaking to”. I also told her that was the reason why persons say what they say about the police sector in Saint Lucia because of people like you.
She ranted and ranted and ranted. When I could finally say something, I simply told her that the boat was done sinking and goodbye. I was well aware at that point that the persons were safe and two speed boats had come to get them on board, and to hurl the sinking boat to wherever they would take it.
I am simply writing this to say that I have heard about all of the disgrace of the police sector, but on Sunday I witnessed it first-hand! I would just like to make persons aware of the kind of treatment that I got. I sat and wondered what would happen if these two speed boats hadn’t arrived when they did. Also the conversation on the other line was about someone wanting to leave and go with a horse that the police apparently took to themselves.
Not once did the lady take time to hear that it was not a horse. but actually persons in a sinking boat. DISGRACE!!