Police unions: PM and Duncan have until today to respond – No answers on legal status in St. Maarten

POSTED: 04/24/13 10:34 AM

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Former inspector and Union Representative Tony Rogers (right) and board members of the unions speaking to reporter’s yesterday evening after the general membership meeting. Photo Andrew Dick

St. Maarten – “To date, after 2,5 years the police force have not been structurally re-organized, this means that the police force does not have a legal established status in country St. Maarten,” Former Inspector and Union Representative Tony Rogers said in a meeting yesterday evening.

“Documents received from the Ministry of Justice during the week of March 12 about this re-organization, were incomplete. It is unacceptable that there is still no matrix plan for job description for police officers, no placement plan, no salary scales and legal position documented for police civil servants,” Rogers said.

“As unions we are of the opinion that Chief Commissioner of Police Peter de Witte and Justice Minister Roland Duncan are not handling the business of the police department,” he continued. “Their attitude and actions with regard to the organization are unorthodox and are left for interpretation,” he added.

In the meantime, Rogers said that a meeting has been requested for today with Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and President of Parliament Rodolphe Samuel regarding these issues, but until last night he did not received any response.

Rogers said that the unions did not want to have a battle through the media, but when they still did not have any answers as yet, he has no choice to make it public.

The biggest frustration of the unions is the fact that there is no implementation plan ready and no position officially legally in the new system as of 10-10-10. They said that nothing can be moved as those things are not put in place. “And no position or functions are yet in place,” Rogers added.

The unions give the minister and the PM until today to respond regarding this matter in order to avoid further actions.

The unions who represent the membership of the police civil servants are; the Police Union (NAPB), the Windward Islands Civil Servants Union (Wicsu), the Private Sector Union (PSU) and the Civil Servants Union (ABVO).

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