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

Part III

The Events of November 18, 1973

Paragraph 114. - An Examination in Detail [Part 20] - The Evidence of David Andrews

114. The evidence of Inspector David Andrews is also helpful in resolving the question of the recruitment of the police aides and the reasons as he understood them. He said there were rumours about a take over of the country and that "we got to know that they had to take over the police station." He understood the New Jewel Movement would take over the entire State on November 18, 1973. He learned this about the Thursday or Friday i.e. November 15 or 16, 1973. He could not be specific as to the source of his information but according to him "I heard it all over the place. There was a general rumour they will be taking over the State."

Q. Did a police officer tell you this?
A. You mean Mr. Belmar?
Q. I didn't ask you whether Mr. Belmar told you. I asked whether a police officer. Is Mr. Belmar the only police officer?
A. No, sir.
Q. What I asked you was whether a police officer told you that?
A. No. No police officer told me. I heard it. It was rumoured over the State.
Q. No policeman told you that a take over of the Grenville police station would occur on the 18th November?
A. No, sir.

Inspector Andrews said that on that Sunday there were more than 100 police aides in Grenville. He admitted that Anthony Waldron (whom he knew) may have been recruited on Saturday, November 17, and that the recruitment of other police aides at the Grenville police station was done between Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18 as a part of the precautionary measures taken to prevent the take over of the State.

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