Report of the Duffus Commission of Inquiry into the Breakdown of Law & Order, and Police Brutality in Grenada

Part V

RECOMMENDATIONS

Paragraphs 202 thru 204. - 1. The Police Aides

202. From the evidence given and from available records it has been clearly established that the Police Aides, or Secret Police, or Special Reserve Police, or by whatever name they are known, were an unlawfully constituted body of men. Many of these Police Aides were violent men with long criminal records. Without any training or discipline they were called into being ostensibly to assist the regular police force but, instead, from their inception and throughout the time of their existence inflicted unspeakable atrocities upon many of the citizens of Grenada, especially on members of the New Jewel Movement on Sunday, November 18 and Monday, November 19, 1973. Their veritable reign of terror culminated in being responsible for a riot on the Carenage, St. Georges on Monday, January 21, 1974, and the consequent death of Mr. Rupert Bishop.

203. The first specific recommendation therefore of this Commission is that the Police Aides should be completely disbanded and never again called into service.

204. During the course of his evidence the Honourable Prime Minister gave the Commissioners his solemn verbal assurance that the Police Aides would be completely disbanded. In this connection, however, the Commissioners seriously question the advisability or the necessity of the establishment of another auxiliary arm of the regular police force - a co-called "Field Force" - or "Defence Force," especially when it is known that former police aides are now members of this Defence Force.

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