Prime Minister Dr. The Right Honourable Keith Mitchell told law enforcement officers that they are the guardians of our democracy,” and therefore if they are to perform their tasks effectively, then they must be given the proper tools by government.
The Prime Minister however, reiterated his commitment to recognize the independence of the law enforcement agency, emphasizing to the officers present that any “officer who allows himself to be used by a politician is denigrating the office.” He urged the officers to not be afraid to “discharge their jobs without fear or favor.”
The Prime Minister made those statements last Sunday morning while on a trip to Carriacou with his New National Party General Council team. In the informal Town Hall-style meeting, the Officers were given an opportunity and an invitation to “talk freely” with the Prime Minister. The officers brought several areas of concern to the fore, and Prime Minister Mitchell addressed those as matters of concern.
The Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, said that he was “happy” to report to the officers that many of those raised issues were already on the agenda of his government, and steps have already been taken to resolve those in order to enhance the security of the nation. For example, the provision of additional fire trucks for the islands, expansion of the airport, and development of other sites, the intent to light up playing fields around the islands, the acquisition of equipment for police officers-- including the availability of the Coast Guard boats to assist with border patrol/control, and the all-round development of infrastructure island wide.
In thanking the officers for their services, and encouraging them to continue to perform their roles fearlessly, the Prime Minister reminded them that the government is committed to doing its part to enable them to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. According to Dr. Mitchell, the responsibility will then lie on the officers to perform at the highest level.