History of Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations
The Police Federation came into existence following the 1938 labour unrest which gave birth to the modern trade union movement and the two major parties. at the time, Rank and file Policemen displayed great interest in the work of the trade union and were enthusiastic about the prospect of worker representation within the Force.This was not to be rules of the Police Force bar union membership which rank and file members of the force denied representation. this was not the situation with the higher ranks, as Gazetted Officers were represented by a Staff Association.
It was a period in the history of the Constabulary when black native policemen could not get past the rank of Sergeant Major, today’s equivalent of the rank of inspector. In order to address the issue of representation for members of the Force, the Colonial Officer dispatched a representative to the United Kingdom to study the British Police Federation model, for local adoption.