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New investigation unit for RSLPF

Marcathian Alexander, Government Information Service

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The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) can expect some changes to the institution. The Police Complaints (Amendment) Bill was passed in the House of Assembly on Tuesday, allowing for a new unit to investigate complaints against police officers.

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, at the sitting of the House of Assembly, noted there have been teething problems with the existing Police Complaints Commission. This amendment hopes to restore the public confidence in the RSLPF’s ability to investigate their own.

“What is being proposed in this Bill under Clause 3 with the new subsections is that the commissioner of police, after consulting the minister, create a special unit within the police force charged with the responsibility of investigating complaints coming to them, initially of course from the Police Complaints Commission.”

The Government has also enlisted the help of the Jamaican police to investigate the RSLPF. This comes on the heels of the United States withdrawal of resources to the RSLPF after claims of human rights violations.

“The Government of Saint Lucia has been in touch with the regional authority responsible for crime. It has secured the services of police officers from Jamaica to carry out the investigations. In fact, the initial group of officers visited Saint Lucia to get a sense of the terrain and the issues; and they have now asked that the investigating team be strengthened and the team will arrive formally in St Lucia on or about November 29.”

The prime minister says the key to the success of the new investigation unit will be fearless and independent leadership.

Meanwhile, the Production Orders Bill was also passed which now requires the police to seek a search order from a magistrate before entering private or commercial property.

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23 comments

  1. We are an independent state, Is there anything that we can do for ourselves? What can the Jamaicans do that we can't do? We have retired Police Officers who were top investigators and can continue to make a contribution, why not employ those who wish to make a further contribution. They can be assign to the ministry of Home Affairs as special Investigators to the government.

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  2. The Jamaicans themselves have moved away from the arrangement where police investigate themselves. It is quite illogical therefore to pick up what the Jamaicans have rejected as being unworkable.

    Would you imagine that we would now be paying them for a failed plan. As they themselves have praised the success of the independent System INDICOM.

    Where is Jadia? No answer. You could only eat our money once. Enjoy

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    • I am from Jamaica. Believe me when I say we need someone to investigate our own police force. They lack discipline and professionalism. It will be the blind leading the blind. This is not a good idea for the people of your island. I suggest you set up an independent civilian group to investigate your own police force.

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  3. Think what we should be doing now it trying to come up with intelligent reasons why the PM doesn't want independent agency to investigate police.

    Even the Commissioner had no problem with the independent arrangement. I think my PM has gone anti-Lucian since he does nothing in our favor and everything he does seem so circumspect.

    KENNY WHY DON"T WANT AN INPEPENDENT AGENCY TO INVESTIGATE POLICE COMPLAINTS?

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  4. poverty and unemployment will always result I'm crime, theRe jobs are fixed de don't give a ... about the youtz who's is the future, only there own. de say de restoring confidence de aint restoring shit! Jus another yout victim to the babylon sacrifice... two wrongs can never make a right - Rebelseed

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  5. St Lucia has so much unemployment, and you mean to tell me that the GOSL has to go to Jamaica to recruit to this post.. smfh

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  6. I don't understand. The public do not want the police to investigate themselves via the present complaints unit. So the PM creates a new special police unit with a different name and again staffed by police officers to again investigate themselves. What has changed?

    The PM says he hopes this new police unit will restore confidence in the public of the police ability to investigate themselves. But that is exactly what the public do not want and what other islands are moving away from. Our car in reverse gear

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  7. Omg jamaican police to investigate st. Lucian police. Its now the US will have us under scrutiny. We should get a jamaican commissioner toooooooo........

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  8. Lmbao,,Jamaican Police?
    Have we stoop this low? lmbao.

    I hope our immigration department ensure those Jamaican Police officers, (upon completion of their "whatever") each return to their native island.

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  9. Of all the jackass moves I've ever heard of. What the hell is the logic behind this madness;I wonder. Jamaica? Ah wah!

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  10. WHAT IS WRONG WITH KENNY.... THESE WERE THE SAME POLICE IN JAMAICA THAT CONDUCTED EXTRA JUDICIAL KILLINGS IN TROVILI GARDENS- OVER 1000 CIVILIANS WERE MURDERED!!!! OF ALL COUNTRIES...JAMAICA YUH GO AND PICK. PORTIA CAH EVEN HANDLE DEM POLICE BUT YOU BRINGING DEM IN OUR COUNTRY. SO MANY COUNTRIES IN THE CARIBBEAN -JAMAICA YOU GO TO BED WITH DEM POLICE. ELECTIONS PLEASE!

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  11. OMG.....They all being breast fed by the same Mom. Promise promise promise when they get elected,then they weasel out of their promises. To hell with all politicians.

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  12. The government always make other countries feel their people are better than us. Jamaican in st lucia to investigate. Just now they will bring their families and live here

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  13. So what about mother England? To me that's like having the blind lead the blind; watch St Lucia walk into a lamp post....choops! double choops!!

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  14. Are u kidding me. Jamacia of all islands. Listern to me they have the highest crime rates in the carribbean and the pm is having them to investegate ourRSLPF so far this year they have 589 homecide in ja mr.pm pls revisit this arguement they are as dirty as they come. have lucians to investigate lucuians not jamacians they refered to us as small island people and they are like a sore foot they kill mercilessly. so pls no.

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  15. From one corrupt force to the next!! SMH!!

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  16. Jamaican Police to investigate St.Lucian Police.Jamaican Police cannot even investigate theirs. They are more corrupt. Chooooops!!

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  17. it was time, especially with the last sentence.

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  18. The Government has also enlisted the help of the Jamaican police to investigate the RSLPF.
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    Is that an insult??? The Jamaican Police is one of the most corrupt Forces in the region SMH...

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  19. I am very concerned!

    As if to me Jamaica worse than Lucia, I eally dont think that was a good move!

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  20. Yawn yea yea yea,nothing's going to change.Police will just cover for one another asusual & favors will be given & we'll be back @ square one.By the way I wonder which politician will have their family member or Friend or even Friend of a friend on the new Investigation Team?...I know how they stay already.

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