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Open letter to Grenada commissioner of police
Published on March 17, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Winston James
Commissioner of Police
Police Headquarters
St George

Dear Sir,

It is with great despondency, I write to you to announce another lawless act by another police officer.

At approximately 1400hrs on the 18th day of January, 2017, I drove through the town of St. George. I observed yet again, another police vehicle (TV357) negligently and unlawfully parked on the sidewalk opposite Andall Supermarket.

On my return to the Melville Street area, thirty minutes later the vehicle was still irresponsibly stationed on the sidewalk. The driver was nowhere in sight. With knowledge of the potential danger the vehicle posed, I cautiously drove to its direction. Within close proximity I encountered a female pedestrian holding an infant in her arms. The female pedestrian, with no other option of advancing to her destination when encountering the barricade TV357 produced, stepped off the sidewalk and onto the street; exposing herself and infant to the potential danger of being fatally struck by oncoming traffic.

After witnessing such inconvenience and endangerment I decided to seek the assistance of the RGPF to remove TV357. Upon entering the CRD I was greeted with what seemed to be obvious intolerance from a female constable who sat behind a desk. Ignoring the fact that she was initially unprofessional, I introduced myself and requested the intervention of Mr McIntyre, officer in charge. Being told Mr McIntyre was not present, I stated my purpose; to report an illegally parked police vehicle which obstructed the movement of and physically endangered the lives of pedestrians and motorists. The female constable looked at me with bewilderment.

It was then I decided to present to the constable, video footage of my claim as evidence. The constable then wrote the number plate's digits of the reported vehicle on a piece of scrap paper and abruptly indicated the end of our transaction. I then explained to the constable how ludicrous, time consuming and disheartening making inestimable complaints to different departments of the RGPF is; complaints made by myself and other citizens who utilized our media recently, particularly as it was evident the matter was clearly not treated earnestly.

At that juncture, I requested that I made the complaint official, by giving an official statement which should be taken by the constable. The constable insisted there was no need to take my statement. I reminded the officer of her duty to follow the Regulations of the Grenada Police Act. The female officer dictated she was not obligated to do so. I then said "Your duty is to take at least a one line statement for my complaint." Again I reluctantly listened to other unprofessional comments from the female officer: "So yuh want me to write one line? Well you tell me which regulation it is seeing that yuh have so much knowledge...” I expressed to the officer, my observation of her attempts to oppress the triumph of justice as she portrayed difficult and unprofessional behavior. Subsequently, I invited her to have a pleasant day and departed.


Grenada Laws - Chapter 244: Police Regulation 116 (STATEMENTS)

In all cases, even the most trivial; one short statement at least is to be taken. In important cases as many statements as possible which bear on the case must be taken.

Although subjected to unprincipled conduct, I drove to the traffic department on the Carenage, as my obligation to eliminate lawlessness in my country was prudent. I was referred to Inspector Baptise. I met with the Inspector. I stated my cause and again requested my right to be provided with the lawful mandatory service of giving an official statement be honoured. I was told by the Inspector; the matter was previously raised and will be redressed. Additionally, I was given the opportunity to access my constitutional right of producing a statement for an unlawful act. The statement was taken by a female constable.

After doing my duty, I went back to the Inspector's office to ensure the police officers who violated traffic acts be charged accordingly. The inspector was in a meeting. I gave my contact information to WPC Joseph and now await the Inspector's assurance that the related matter will not be excluded from the boundaries of the law.

I anticipate your response.

Earl J. Maitland
Managing Director
Grenada Empowerment Movement

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