Mr. William Thompson
Commissioner of Police
Royal Grenada Police Force
Mr. Senneth Joseph
Head, Financial Intelligence Unit
Royal Grenada Police Force
March 2nd, 2013
A Letter of Solidarity
“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
As a citizen who takes a keen interest in the governance processes of the country, I write to you, Sirs, in my individual and personal capacity, to offer my SOLIDARITY since it appears to me that you both may be classified as the first CASUALTIES of the incoming administration of the New National Party led by the Right Hon. Dr. Keith Mitchell.
The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister has been given an unbridled mandate to govern by we the people and it is to be expected that changes will be made in the public service, even sweeping changes. However, it is cause for concern and alarm when, within the FIRST WEEK of coming to office, BEFORE Ministers have been sworn in or Parliament has met, the leadership of the Royal Grenada Police Force is TARGETTED. I am unaware of any controversy in respect of the collective or individual leadership of the Royal Grenada Police Force.
While the Constitution of Grenada requires the blessings of the Prime Minister for the sensitive appointment of the Commissioner of Police, the indecent haste with which moves are being made to remove you two gentlemen from your substantive positions does not augur well for the process of good governance notwithstanding the protestations of the Hon. Prime Minister.
WHO IS NEXT? This is a matter that EVERY member of the Royal Grenada Police Force who is sincerely trying to do his/her job to the best of his ability should ponder upon.
Leadership of the Royal Grenada Police Force is challenge after years of destruction of the moral fabric of the institution, a consequence of undue political interference over several regimes.
I believe that it is fair to say that over the last four years, the country has witnessed a very deliberate effort to restore the integrity of and public confidence in the institution. It is no easy task and while one cannot deny that there is a long way to go, none would deny that significant strides have been made of which we can all be proud.
As you contemplate the future, Sirs, permit me to thank you for your service to the country and your contributions to efforts to restore the integrity of and public confidence in the institution of the Royal Grenada Police Force.
Sandra C.A. Ferguson