Acting Commissioner of Police Errol Alexander has denied reports that there has been an increase in security personnel for ministers of government.
Alexander said: “I as acting Commissioner of Police would like to know about this increase in security. I don’t have a clue that we have increased security for government minister.”
The acting top cop said he can confirm that there has been an increase in security for Minister of National Security Victor Lacobiniere, but he cannot speak for the other ministers.
“I am sitting here telling the truth,” Alexander told reporters today at a press conference, when asked whether this alleged increase could affect the manpower of the police force.
But former National Security Minister Guy Mayers said at a recent United Workers Party (UWP) public meeting that the number of security officers for cabinet ministers has indeed increased.
According to Mayers, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has 14 police officers at his disposal on a 24-hour basis, while Deputy Prime Minister Phillip J. Pierre has three police officers for his personal safety.
Meanwhile, La Corbiniere’s security numbers has also been increased due to threats he claim to have received. A 24-hour security plan has since been put in place ever since this incident.
Opposition parties have criticised the move to allegedly increase the number of security for ministers of government, when the Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is already faced with a manpower issue.