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Jul 9, 2020

National Security Minister Tried to Resolve Issue

Michael Peyrefitte

At an event earlier in the day, Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte spoke of his efforts to ease tensions between the ComPol and the former President of the Police Association. He says that he tried to mediate, but it was not resolved.

 

Michael Peyrefitte, Minister of National Security

“It’s within the courts so I won’t discuss it.”

 

Reporter

“Would you speak about just from an oversight perspective, would you urge both parties to try and reach an amicable settlement?”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

“We tried, we tried. I tried on several occasions to have it be done with so police officers can be police officers and not be litigants in a protracted legal situation, I tried, I tried mediation to try to bring them together off the record to see if maybe we can resolve it. Unfortunately it could not be resolved and people have rights. He has the right to access the court and unlike what you intimated earlier, the commissioner can be sued and people don’t have to be afraid to take the government or the commissioner to court. And everybody will have their day in court and the court will decide because we were unable to reach an acceptable form of compromise for everybody. I had thought we did, but it turns out that we didn’t. And so the court will have to determine each person’s right. What I did say though is that there will be maximum respect to all police officers; there will be no disrespect to any police officer by the government nor the commissioner’s office and vice versa. There will be no disrespect to the commissioner’s office or the government that is overseeing the police department from that perspective. But other than that, people are free to pursue what they want to pursue.”


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