Several internal works have been done at the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), despite United States (U.S) sanctions, Acting Police Commissioner Errol Alexander has said.
Alexander was speaking in relation to the United States (U.S) government move to withdraw assistance to Saint Lucia following alleged extra-judicial killings back in 2010-2012.
While admitting that the RSLPF is still affected in some ways due to these sanctions, the acting top cop said the Force has been very innovative and productive.
According to him, the executive has managed to keep the Force in shape and has produced positive results. The Force has also successfully trained more police officers, through government’s assistance.
In addition to that, the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourist Association (SLHTA) assisted the police in rolling out an Anti-Crime Christmas Plan and helped to finance 13 more special reserve police officers to be on the streets.
Ever since these alleged extra-judicial killings, the U.S. has moved to revoke the visas of several top police officials including former Deputy Police Commissioner Moses Charles.
The Government of Saint Lucia is still not able to purchase ammunition for the Force’s U.S. made weapons, and members of Force have been blocked from training in the region and elsewhere, which are financed by the U.S. government.
Financial and technical assistance to Saint Lucia’s Coast Guard Unit was also halted.