Leader of the Opposition Dr. Gale Rigobert has expressed solidarity with the police, especially those who are said to be allegedly marginalized and victimized within the Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
Dr. Rigobert made this disclosure at a United Workers Party (UWP) public meeting in Marc/ Bexon on Tuesday evening, dubbing it “unwarranted provocation and persecution.”
“Rest assured the UWP is standing strong alongside you, because we know you are being unnecessarily persecuted. Never must they doubt the commitment of this opposition leader and the UWP,” she said.
The opposition leader therefore called on retired and prospective police officers to join the UWP protest March on October 22, and said current police officers who will be off-duty are also welcomed.
Meanwhile, Castries South East Member of Parliament and former Minister of Works and Communications Guy Joseph said if the police were to strike, then it would be chaos.
Sharing the same platform with Dr. Rigobert and other UWP executives, Joseph said “If the police were to lay down their tools tomorrow morning this country would be in chaos.”
Joseph accused the government should not interfere with the running of the police force and applauded officers whom he said had endured the humiliation brought upon them by Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony.
The Saint Lucia Police Welfare Association (PWA) disclosed on Tuesday that officers who were part of the Special Task Force and implicated in the IMPACS report, have been marginalised and victimised.
PWA President Camron Laure claims that these said officers have been overlooked for promotions and appointments for which they are qualified and certain officers were being asked to retire.
The PWA said it is also seeking legal advice on the constitutionality of the IMPACS investigation, noting that it may have contravened section 19 of the Police Complaints Act.
The organisation also declared that a Police “Hit List” never existed.