By: Audley Phillip
Have you visited the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the St. John’s police precinct recently? Phew! Atrocious, deplorable, detestable, appalling are just some of the words I would use to describe the conditions there.
Over recent years the police force has seen and experienced quite their share of drama, some would seem laughable but serious. The police force
ice here in Antigua and so the police are duty bound to work even when conditions of work are far from acceptable.
The life of
The physical plant at the St. John’s Police Station and at CID in particular, is unfit for anyone to work in. One just has to visit that precinct to get a first-hand view of the deplorable conditions under which the hard working officers are forced to work.
No amount of patching up or quick fix can remedy the sad state of affairs there………stripped up floor tiles, dilapidated and broken office furniture, cardboard placed at broken windows in order to keep the elements out, broken and faulty toilets, lack of running water, leaky roofs and much more.
It is a downright shame that officers are forced to work in these conditions as promises to fix and repair them have not materialized.
I am personally ashamed and embarrassed at the treatment meted out to the
I would hate to think that such conditions exist at all of the other satellite stations across Antigua and Barbuda.
As a private citizen and one who knows and values the work of the police, I am therefore calling on the Minister under whose portfolio the police falls to quickly address the condition of the precinct as a matter of urgency.
Audley Phillip is a freelance writer. Comments and feedback are welcomed at [email protected]