Acting Police Commissioner Errol Alexander has sent a stern warning to criminals after a number of attacks on the police in recent times.
Speaking on Wednesday’s “Call The Police” programme on state-owned Radio Saint Lucia, Alexander said: “We had our meeting last week with the Police High Command and we are on high alert in relation to defending ourselves.
“So I am sending a message out there that if the criminals think that we are in Jamaica, we are not in Jamaica, we are in Saint Lucia, and we will take whatever measures necessary to protect the safety of our police officers.”
Alexander’s comments come days after reports surfaced that unknown individuals opened fire on the Richfond Police Station in Dennery on Sunday July 26, 2015 at about 4:30 a.m. No one was injured.
The top cop also disclosed that missiles were reportedly thrown at police officers on patrol on Chaussee Road in Castries.
But Alexander said the police is not backing down and will use whatever is necessary to defend themselves.
“I want to inform criminals that we are not flat on our backs and we have a right to defend ourselves and we have a right to match force with force, and if they believe they have more force than us, well fine,” Alexander said
The commissioner also disclosed that several young men confronted a police constable on the last day of Carnival, however the officer “froze”.
“That is why something did not happen. But I am saying if you are so bold in doing so we will be bold in taking the relevant action that we have to take. We have to protect ourselves,” he said.