Top cop under pressure

Antigua & Barbuda Police Commissioner Vere Browne.
Antigua & Barbuda Police Commissioner Vere Browne.

ST. JOHN’S — Lawmen who requested an audience with Police Commissioner Vere Browne are accusing him of sidelining them by not acceding to their request for a meeting.

Chairman of the Police Welfare Association, Sergeant Lendon Isaacs, said the body wants to urgently discuss issues affecting lawmen, including poor working and living conditions at the police stations, long working hours and inadequate bathroom facilities for female officers at the station among other issues.

The welfare chairman said Browne told PWA executive members he would not have discussions with them unless all six of them are present.

Isaacs said the association feels it is being ignored as he indicated the executive wrote to the commissioner requesting a meeting in February, but got no response.

A second request, he said, was made in April and the commissioner agreed to meet last Thursday.

While Browne declined to respond to any of the claims, Isaacs further said three executive members who went to the meeting last week, were turned away and four of them were again denied an audience yesterday.

The sergeant said the officers are frustrated their concerns – submitted in writing and orally – seem to be falling on deaf ears.

The PWA’s overall membership, totalling about 400 members, was said to be considering a sit-in yesterday to force the commissioner to attend a meeting.

However, Isaacs said given the current situation of rising crime, the idea was abandoned.

The sergeant said if the executive is unsuccessful in its efforts to meet with the commissioner today, the association would take its concerns to the national security minister. (Antigua Observer)

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