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Saint Lucia police promise to get tough on criminals, increase patrols

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(SNO) — As Saint Lucia heads into the busy Christmas season, the police are promising to get tough on criminals and criminal activities on the island.

Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry said new plans are being put in place as the police have not met some of their intended targets in the fight against crime.

“We at the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force have reviewed our plans and our strategies and from all indications it appears that we have not been able to meet some of our intended targets,” he said. “As a result we are putting in place new plans, new strategies. These strategies will be more head-on, they will be more aggressive and they will be targeted.”

Moncherry said the new plans are aimed at criminals who he said seem to have declared war on Saint Lucians.

“I want, at this point, to thank my hard-working officers for their efforts over the past month. But to those criminals out there, who it appears have declared war on our citizens and by extension the RSLPF, what I will say to you is that the RSLPF will continue to ensure the safety and security of Saint Lucians,” he stated.

He promised more police patrols on the streets of the island.

“We’ve called back six officers from Saint Kitts,” Moncherry stated. “I’ve also called back officers from leave. From the deputy commissioner of police down, many will be on the streets, night and day.”

The commissioner’s statement came against a background of criminal activity in Saint Lucia.

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Wayne Charlery, who is responsible for crime and intelligence management, said the police is investigating 40 homicides, excluding one police shooting.

“Thus far, we’ve been able to solve 17 of those cases,” he said.

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8 comments

  1. The commissioner wants to get tough on crime. What a joke. Let’s first start by getting rid of the criminals and drug dealers in the police force. You can’t send a criminal to catch another criminal.
    WOW

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  2. I support the commissioner

    Sometimes plans are not perfect and u have to back to the drawing board to get it right

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  3. Before I can believe the chief, I want him to explain the Root cause of the problem. How can you come up with solution when you have no clue what is causing the problem. Getting tough is not the answer. The answer is to outsmart the criminals and always have one step ahead of them at all times. The police always seem to react they need to start to be proactive - tired of the same approach which does not work. It is now the time to sit and study those criminals. They appear to be smarter than the police at all times.

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  4. “We at the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force have reviewed our plans and our strategies and from all indications it appears that we have not been able to meet some of our intended targets,” he said.

    Papishow. Resign.

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  5. no disrespect but I have heard time and time again. ACTION OVER WORDS.

    (7)(0)

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