Before officially announcing the rise in gas prices at the pump last Friday, the government did not take the time to inform the National Police. “Results: we were caught off guard and we could not apply the security plan developed for this purpose,” told the Nouvelliste a senior officer of the PNH.
In addition to a staffing problem, police stations in the metropolitan area faced a lack of fuel and vehicles available Friday and Saturday when the government announced the increase in fuel prices. Some senior officers and police officers learned the news via whatsapp messages or on social networks. “We knew that the government was going to increase gas prices, but we did not know when it was going to do it,” a senior national police official told the Nouvelliste on condition of anonymity. Continue reading.