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

Paragraphs 79 thru 80. - Police Aides - Mr. Gairy's responsibility

79. The responsibility for their establishment, recruitment and control was peculiarly that of Mr. Gairy in his personal capacity and not as he stated, in his capacity as Minister for National Security for the reason that the Minister of National Security has no legal authority to establish law enforcement agencies outside the provisions of the law of the State.

The evidence disclosed the method of recruitment to be by radio announcement and by selection at Mount Royal by Mr. Gairy who, as Minister of National Security, caused the facilities and personnel of the Police Force to be used to accommodate the police aides.

80. Mr. Gairy gave to the Commission the assurance that the police aides will never again be recalled for service similar to that which they hitherto performed. This assurance was at once gratifying, but it seemed neutralised by the evidence of action Commissioner James who spoke about the establishment, since February 1974, of the Defence Force which is another arm of the Royal Grenada Police Force.

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