City mayor seeks to increase number of police constables

By SNO Staff

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His Worship the Mayor of Castries Peterson Francis.

His Worship the Mayor of Castries Peterson Francis.

City mayor Peterson Francis wants to bring more police officers to the city’s streets, saying the current level of 15 officers isn’t adequate.

Francis has said the additional officers are needed so that the police department can respond quicker to non-violent calls and provide the type of coverage of the city that is expected.

Statistics produced by the police in January 2016, showed an increase of 18 percent in robbery offences, despite there was an overall decrease in reported crimes.

The current number of police have not kept up with the growing city, Francis said. The overall population in Castries, according to 2013 statistics, is 70,000, which is likely much higher today.

“Part of the problem is that I do not think that the Castries City Council (CCC) recognized that we are in charge of the City, so we have to protect the capital,” Francis had said during his swearing in.

The city mayor said he will discuss the issue with Police Chief, Severin Moncherry and explore the possibility of hiring retired police officers, who will also go after litter bugs.

Francis said the new CCC also plans to reinstate beat patrols, so that on every street corner there will be a city police presence in the city, which will help to reduce the level of crime on the streets.

He plans to work closely with the new member of parliament for Castries Central Sarah Flood-Beaubrun to develop a ‘Plan of Action’ to deal with the crime situation in the city.

There has been a number of muggings and other petty crimes occurring in the city for the past several months.

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7 comments

  1. First time I've heard anything positive about tackling crime.

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  2. Also on cross motor cycles. 2 per motor cycle with bullet proof vests and the one at the back with a sub machine gun. That how it is in Panamá.

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  3. Radio communication is very important to keep all those on beat informed of logistics of crime immediately as they are committed. Arm the police to fight fire with fire.

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  4. One office is not enough on a street corner. Officers walk in pairs. The city's population is over 70,000 people and they only have 15 officers protecting the city that's a hard pill to swallow. Make sure you hire young men and women enough about retiring retirees. They have done their duties, let the young people work now. And Mr, Mayor please give these officers the tools they need to protect our nation thank you.....

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  5. Please what he will do hit them with the thing he has in his hands lol chups St Lucia need real police me jokers are on the police force

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  6. Good idea. Make sure they are agile, tactically positioned at various points of the city, are on the beat at night and have walkie-talkies for effective communication with their base and each other.

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