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

Part III

The Royal Grenada Police Force and the Recruitment and Function of Police Aides

Paragraph 55. - The Setting-up of the Police Aides - Their Recruitment, Qualifications etc. - Evidence of Leonard Greenidge

55. Leonard Greenidge, a member of the New Jewel Movement, went to Mount Royal in May, 1973, in response to a broadcast by Mr. Gairy on Radio Grenada asking for able bodied men to come to his official residence at Mount Royal to be recruited as police aides.

Evidently, he did not intend to be recruited but he went with Sylvester Simon and another man. He said that 400 - 500 men were there and he saw Mr. Gairy talking to the men and writing in a notebook. An incident occurred and Greenidge was forced to flee (vide page 7 para. 16).

As to whether there was a crowd of men at Mount Royal on the occasion of Greenidge's visit there can be little doubt because Mr. Gairy's evidence confirmed this and itself disclosed his interest in the recruitment of police aides in his capacity as the Minister responsible for National Security. It was his opinion:

"that when the law enforcement officers realised that there are people who are subversive, they have to rise to the level of subversive movement to be able to protect the life and properties of the citizens of the country. If the policeman - if in the opinion of the authority, the government or the minister responsible - the policemen are not sufficient or could not adequately meet the required strength to fight the subversion because of numbers or because of strategy, or because of intelligence, then an obligation is placed upon the minister perhaps to try to bring in some form of assistance."

The issue under consideration at this stage is that of recruitment and not justification which will be considered at a later stage.

It is to be borne in mind that in 1970 when the first police aides were recruited the New Jewel Movement was not in existence; nor also was its predecessor the Jewel Movement. The Jewel Movement was formed in 1972 and the New Jewel Movement in 1973.

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