PM Harris meeting with overseas policemen “waste of time, steeped in belly politics and a political gimmick”
Basseterre, St Kitts, February 25, 2020 – Expatriate police officers vented their frustration with working and living conditions since becoming members of the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force.
“Please note that all officers who are not from St Kitts and Nevis are required to attend at meeting at the Police Training School with the Hon Prime Minister on Friday 21 February 2020,” the message to the officers read. The meeting was actually held at The Marriott where lunch was served.
During the meeting, the officers expressed frustration and aired several grievances including housing and an increase in salaries.
An officer spoke about the promises that were made to them and suggested they should be “sorted out before elections.”
Another reportedly asked about acquiring a St Kitts and Nevis passport and was told “do the right thing and they will deal with that after.”
Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris reportedly told the policemen that “some things are easier to fix than others.”
Members of the Police High Command reportedly denied making promises of providing housing.
A senior police officer noted that when he joined the force, he worked for $1,000 “and now the constables as soon as they join they want expensive luxury cars.”
“It really was a waste of time and a political gimmick,” said a constable who spoke privately on condition his name not be disclosed.
“It was clearly an exercise steeped in the usual belly politics,” said another, who also spoke on condition of anonymity.
“In my view he only remember most of us as election is soon,” another said.
Young men from Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Jamaica have joined the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force in recent years.