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 78. - Police Aides - Unlawfully constituted

78. Much else that is condemnatory was said about the experience of police aides in Grenada between 1970 - 1973. No policemen, including Assistant Superintendent Belmar, spoke with enthusiasm about them. Theirs is an unhappy chapter in the history of Grenada. They were an unlawfully constituted body of men, albeit paid from public funds, whose qualification for service in many cases, particularly among the leaders, was their known disposition for violence and lawlessness. They committed acts of violence and brutality and, at least on November 18 and 19, 1973, and again on January 21, 1974, had so subverted discipline in the Police Force that, with the aid, encouragement and protection of a few only of the members of the Police Force, they effectively caused a breakdown of law and order in the State.

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