The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has denied allegations of espionage against members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
In a press release issued last week Thursday, from the office of the Commissioner of Police, admitted the presence of two officers at NDC meetings held in the south of the island and another at the St. Andrew Primary School.
According to the release, two police officers attended the meeting in the south of the island that was being promoted “to discuss Youth and Disaster Preparedness and the other in St. Andrew’s was to ascertain what the gathering of persons was all about.
Deputy Political Leader of Congress, Nazim Burke told reporters two weeks ago at a press conference that officers attached to the Special Branch of RGPF had attended a party meeting and recorded the proceedings.
According to Burke, a similar situation took place during a party meeting held by the St Andrew South West Constituency Branch where one Special Branch officer in plain clothes sought to attend a meeting of the NDC.
The officer left the scene after he was approached and told it was a private and closed door meeting of Congress and that persons who were not a member of the party were not invited and not welcomed.
The Police Force in response to the NDC utterances said, “the RGPF cannot and will not support this accusation and regrets that senior executive members of the NDC would classify the following two (2) incidents as spying.”
In the release, sought to explain the presence of the officers at the two NDC meetings.
He said: “On Wednesday the 8 May, 2013, a Police Officer heard an advertisement of a public meeting to be held at the Grand Anse R.C. School, to discuss Youth and Disaster Preparedness and attended the meeting in plain clothes. At the conclusion of the meeting, he was seen by some senior members of the NDC, who knew him very well and who made some remarks to his hearing.
“On Thursday the 9th May, 2013, one of our plain clothes officers was in the Grenville area on duty when he observed a crowd of persons standing in the yard of the St. Andrew’s Anglican School. In an effort to ascertain what the gathering was about, the officer walked into the yard and while there saw some persons entering the school building. That officer was seen by Glen Noel
(NDC PRO) in the school who again began casting some remarks. Cognizant of what was taking place inside the building the Officer immediately left.”
The release further stated that the “Police Force is above reproach and political games and is a completely independent institution and its Officers will continue to work diligently to ensure that there is no weak link in our security and that no one will allow himself or herself to be used by any politician”.
“We pledge that wholeheartedly and believe that this is consistent with the message conveyed to us by the new Prime Minister in a recent town hall meeting with the Police Force in Carriacou”, the release said.
“The RGPF remains committed to the preservation of law and order and efficiency in the execution of its duty to our country”, it added.