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National Security Minister expresses support for Commissioner of Police; Calls for audit of Police Association

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2019. 11:26 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar issued a statement on the recent imbroglio between the Commissioner of Police and the President of the Police Association, Cpl. Eldon Arzu.

The statement explains that the law under which the Police Association is established is clear on the role of the Association as an advisory body to the Commissioner of Police.

“The Minister, therefore, expresses his support for this legislated role of the Association and rejects any suggestion that our disciplined forces should be allowed, as a matter of modernity, to belong to unions.”

With relation to a press release issued by the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Association (CFPWA), Saldivar says that he is appalled at the language and tone of the release.

Furthermore, Saldivar added that whatever are the legitimate concerns of the President with respect to the conduct of the affairs of the Association, it cannot be acceptable for a subordinate to publicly challenge and confront the Commissioner of Police and disregard his orders especially in a matter that has nothing to do with the officer’s personal rights and liberties and to do with an Association that is established to advise, not direct, the Commissioner of Police.

The Ministry advises that it will support any action of Commissioner Chester Williams to bring this officer in compliance with the rules, regulations, and discipline of the Police Department.

The Ministry has also requested that the Auditor General commence an audit of the accounts of the Police Association.


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