Mayor of Castries, Peterson Francis has lashed out at the President of the Police Welfare Association,(PWA) Travis Chicot by asserting that the PWA is giving criminals the upper hand. The statement was made after the President of the PWA issued a frank release regarding brewing contention over a move to grant island wide powers of arrest to the City Police. The President of the PWA stated that the move to grant island wide powers to the City Police was “ill advised”
The statement released by the President of the Police Welfare Association Travis Chicot alluded to the dissatisfaction of the PWA in pertinence to island wide powers of arrest to City Police. Now, Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis before addressing the statement by the PWA, made it clear to the media that the press conference had nothing to do with the Royal St Lucia Police Force but he went on to condemn the Police commissioner for his efforts in keeping Saint Lucia safe. However, says he had to take issue directly with the President of the PWA.
The Castries Mayor is accusing PWA for pronouncements that the mayor’s Office is seeking funds for training in the sum of US$200,000. Francis has called on Travis Chicot to present the proof to quantify his claims. Francis further added that the CCC is in the process of hiring Trinidadian police to train city police officers.
The PWA President had also asserted in his statement Tuesday that the City Police was considering a Canine Unit, at a time when the regular police have been trying their best to revive theirs.
The Castries Mayor says he has concerns about remarks made about city police officers by the President of the PWA, publicly stating that there are suspect characters attached to the City police Constabulary.