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ATG | Oct 12, 2021

Antiguan police officers ‘fed up’ with deplorable working conditions

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Members of the Royal Antigua and Barbuda in ceremonial dress for Police Week 2020 activities on September 7, 2020. (File photo: Facebook @AntiguaandBarbudaPolice)

Police officers from the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda are voicing their frustration with the poor working conditions that they are being forced to operate in.

According to reports coming out of Antigua, the Police Welfare Association met with its members on Monday (October 11) to discuss complaints made by lawmen about poor working conditions and the different effects that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having on their mental health.

Several members of the force are blasting the government for the limited access to water and sanitation supplies on the station compounds.

Some officers voiced that they are overworked and underpaid, working around the clock seven days a week without days off or overtime pay.

While speaking with a local publication, one officer said that officers are concerned about job burnout, more simply put, they feel exhausted, starting to hate their jobs, many already feeling less capable at work.

The frustration is heightened among officers who are parents and are not being afforded days off to spend some time with their children and families.

The officer also touched on a growing concern within the force about how job burnout is affecting the way lawmen effectively manage crime since they don’t even want to show up because of work-related stress.

The Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney says that the matter is being addressed internally. 

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