Police officers swarm Castries, breaks up fight on Jeremie Street

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Police officers swarm Castries, breaks up fight on Jeremie Street
File photo of police officers during a parade.
File photo of police officers during a parade. The police chief had promised to send over 200 officers all over Castries to safeguard the Carnival activities. * File Photo

At a press conference last week Police Commissioner Vernon Francois warned criminals to stay away from Carnival and promised an increased police presence. His words were no fluke.

St. Lucia News Online can report that large groups of police officers can be seen throughout Castries, patrolling on foot and in their vehicles.

A fight broke around 7 a.m. near a bar on Jeremie Street, but according to eyewitnesses, a large group of police officers quickly quelled the situation from escalating.

“There was a fight by the market but there were like 30 officers there in no time. The police were there fast,” one of the eyewitnesses said.

The police chief had promised to dispatch over 200 police officers to maintain law and order during Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

“I want to assure Saint Lucians that we will be out in full force to ensure a safe carnival. I want to send out a message out there to those who want to come out and engage in criminal activities during the course of carnival that we are going to deal with them,” he added.

“We will also have patrols in surrounding communities because we have noticed when people leave their homes to go and take part in carnival activities we need to provide a level of security for them. We are proposing to do our patrols in the various communities surrounding Castries during the course of carnival,” François told the media.

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  1. POLICE OFFICERS ARE ALSO HUMAN BEINGS AND THEREFORE SHARE THE SAME FEELINGS AS WE DO.
    WE SHOULD CONGRATULATE THEM WHEN THEY DO GOOD.
    SOME OF US TOO QUICK TO CAST BLAME ON OUR FELLOW BEINGS.
    I HAVE NO FEAR OF THE POLICE CAUSE I AM A LAW ABIDING CITIZEN.
    MY OH MY LET THE CRIMINALS GET RID OF EACH OTHER. THEN AND ONLY THEN, PEACE WOULD BE RESTORED.

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  2. Why can't the police be so organise and proactive all year round and not only for major events.
    I think they can be. In this country we always find a reason to perpetuate mediocrity.-

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  3. People the police have other duties to perform year round, so you will not get 200 officers out in full force all year round, they will be out in full force for mass crowd events.

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  4. Thank you commissioner. Heads up to the police. Its about time we show that our country be safe even when we are intoxicated. Great job Commissioner Francois; you are the best we ever had

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  5. just let them shoot somebody, any body! I go make all police loose their jobs cuz that is the only way our country will be safe!!

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  6. Bambi I agree lucians bawling about this an that police presence cost money and have lives just like we do..I think this is just s easy way for folks to complain about their shitty lives that they doing nothing about...

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  7. we need to feel safe in st. Lucia not only for today and tomorrow but for 365 days. thank UUUUUUUU.

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  8. Great jobs. 2 the police keep up it up all year round take back our country from those thugs

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  9. Oh so we want to decrease the guys salary and give them more work, risk their lives more and even have Jadia disrespect them? SMH Are we serious?

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  10. You all complaining about 5% cut to rescue the country economic situation so where the resources will come from to maintain the police presence you all are suggesting.Police officers have families too.They must have days off and vacations too.Be a realist.

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  11. Police patrols should not be limited to particular areas or particular times of the year. I think that if these patrols increased throughout the length and breadth of St. Lucia, we would see a marked decrease in criminal activity. Nonetheless, great job!

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    • yes it's true that what it should be but those 200 officers doesn't only come from castries but other police stations around the island. also those officers are working double shift for those two days.

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      • Thanks for the constructive reply, but i didn't mean that we should have the same level of patrols that we had for carnival, I meant increased patrols throughout the country. I know it would be impossible to have this same sort of thing every day of the year, but I believe criminals would think twice if they thought there was a 60% chance of police passing through at some point in the day

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