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May 6, 2021

Don’t Expect Any Industrial Action from the Cops!

Chester Williams

Over the past few weeks we have been reporting on the industrial actions from the different unions – and for those who have not taken to the streets or walked off the job – they have given their words of commitment that they stand in solidarity with the join unions. But if you are expecting the police to join any of the industrial actions, Commissioner Williams says that is not gonna happen. You’ll recall a letter we reported over the past few days where police officers were against the ten percent cut – well, all is now well among the cops – at least that is according to Williams.

 

Andrea Polanco

“Any members of the Police Department engaging in any sort of industrial actions – anybody at all participating – any reports of that?”

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“No. No. Our officers remain committed to the job. We took an oath of office. We are essential workers and by virtue of our regulations police officers cannot strike. And while yes there may be some who may have some issues or disgruntlement, it has been said them to that they must undersand the oath that they took and the roles and responsibilities that we have as police officers. It cannot be that police will be striking when other people are striking because then who are going to police the other people.   So, police officers continue to remain on the job and for the most part we are highly motivated and doing what we need to do to ensure that whatever is occurring in terms of these protests and any other activity that we police them to the best of our ability.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Is there any plan in place because we know that some of them are not happy about the ten percent pay cut – so any contingency if any of them should do a sick out or don’t show up to work for whatever reason?”

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“I don’t think we are going to that extent. I, for one, as the commissioner have gone around and talk to police officers sensitize them in terms of the ten percent cut and effects of it and tried to give some advice to them in terms of what they can do. Again, I have informed them of our roles and functions as police officers and I think one of the issues that police officers were having is that there was some misconception of why the ten percent cut was needed and all they needed was to get someone to explain to them why and how it will work out and I have done my best to do that and so we have seen that many of those officers who were disgruntled now understand the reason for it and are in support of it now.”


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