National Security Minister Victor La Corbiniere has said there is a need for increased vigilance at the Bordelais Correctional facility, following the recent arrest of a female prison guard for drug possession.
“Clearly anytime you have an officer who is in a position of responsibility that finds himself in this type of situation, it is a cause for concern,” the minister said.
La Corbiniere said the government was firm on its position to increase its vetting process, with respect of the police and employees of the island’s sole correctional facility.
However, he told the local media at parliament today that there is also a need for ongoing vetting of public officials, in other departments and not particularly those at the correctional facility.
La Corbiniere pointed to examples where public service officials in other countries in the Caribbean, other than the police, are given a polygraph test before they are appointed to certain positions.
However he admitted that this system can present some challenges, since public servants are governed by certain terms and conditions.
“There are certain legal questions that have to be addressed,” the National Security Minister added.
As it relates to vetting elected officials, La Corbiniere said noted that there was a vetting process in place for candidates for Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
The national security minister said that the vetting process must be ongoing and not one should be spared if found guilty of any wrongdoings.