Confidence and trust is a very touchy thing, it can take a lifetime to build and a second to break. Imagine the very group assigned to ‘protect and serve’, found doing the very opposite. Four officers, all of whom are constables assigned to the North Eastern Division, have been arrested over the weekend for attempting to bribe a Chinese businessman.
Reports indicate that the officers were sought out at their respective homes and arrested by their colleagues from the Professional Standards Bureau. They allegedly visited the home of the Chinese businessman and his wife in Kelly Village in St. Helena and demanded a $53,000 bribe. Before leaving the couple’s home the officers in question also relieved them of a quantity of jewellery.
Detectives are expected to complete their investigations later this week and the officers are looking at charges of misbehaviour in public office. They remain in custody.
With the occurrence of such things how is the public to have full confidence in the police service? What does the police service intend to do to counteract this tainted image and not fall under the ‘one bad apple spoils the whole bunch’ banner? What about the young impressionable minds reading of this story, what are we feeding them?
‘Do as I say but not as I do’ won’t sway our young people. We are following our leaders.