Officers’ homes need to be treated to eliminate CID bug infestation – Police Welfare Association president

Officers’ homes need to be treated to eliminate CID bug infestation – Police Welfare Association president
Bed bugs
Bed bugs

President of the Police Welfare Association Camron Laure has said he is surprised by the poor working conditions of officers in the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) but he believes buying new furnishings will not solve the problems.

In an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Tuesday, July 7, sources disclosed that the CID is plagued by bed bug infestation, dilapidated office furnishings, and malfunctioning computers.

But Laure told SNO on Wednesday, July 8 that he believes the officers’ homes need to be treated as well to eliminate the bug infestation. He said he was informed that the office was treated twice for bug infestation, but it keeps reoccurring.

The association welfare president said had the officers made an official report with his association, they would have assisted in making sure that the issue is addressed in a timely manner.

Laure said he was only made aware of the situation after reading the article on SNO.

However, Laure said he visited the department on Tuesday to assess the situation and was surprised that the officers had to work under those conditions.

The majority of the department’s computers were damaged during an island-wide power outage this year. At present, only two computers in the front of the office are operational.

Sources say about seven officers work per shift. This means that only two computers are available for seven officers on each shift, which puts a strain on recording information and investigations.

“These men (senior officers) not feeling it so they can say what they want. Constables are the ones being squeezed,” one of the sources had told SNO.

The administration of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force has indicated that plans are underway to fix the problem as new furniture was ordered.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. Since the computers were destroyed during the island wide power failure, then Lucelec should pay for their replacement.

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  2. Dear Mr. President, PWA. Don't be surprised at this current issue. I'm sure you have been contacted many times before; but to no avail. There are so many challenges confronting Police Officers at the various stations, departments and units. Only when it makes the news you seem to care. You are in the wrong position.

    Martin James please fall in. I believe that officers would have been in a better position.

    Enough of your don't give a damn attitude.

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  3. Honestly, this is some serious dog "pooh." It's like every other month we hear either a school or a ministry office is plagued by bed bug infestation, dilapidated office furnishings, and malfunctioning computers.
    Aren't there people that are supposed to be checking for signs of these issues on a monthly or regular basis? Now how on God's green earth, with all the money that government spending uselessly, there are seven officers on a shift and they have only two computers in the front of their office, that are operational? This is not productive at all! How can any work get done? These are the issues that need to be addressed instead of throwing words for one another in parliament.

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  4. BUT THEY ALSO NEED TO TREAT THE HOMES OF THEIR OUTSIDE WOMEN,GIRLFRIENDS,JABALS ETC.
    THIS IS NO EASY TASK.

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  5. If it ain't one thing, its ANOTHER!!! Mesyeh!!! stop the senseless killings. These bugs are sending out a signal......

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  6. Yall need only one computer and one bullet in your gun. It will teach yall to become more efficient with government resources.

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  7. Am not commenting on this report,enough of that bug vibes.I remembered when our neighbours in the past were going through these infestations.People were reluctant for anyone to know as a result,of giving each other may-pwee.Get the fire brigade to vaccum the place.

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  8. Imagine the president of THE POLICE WELFARE ASSOCIATION saying he is surprise of the working conditions in that department.Where was he seeing about his own welfare? Totally ridiculous.Some like position thats all.This is a classic example.

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