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Police, Business Community Agree To Intensify Dialogue On Crime

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The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce last week facilitated a symposium on Security
for Business as gun violence and robberies continue to plague the island and businesses
in particular.

In an address prior to the discussions, former Chamber President Karen Peter warned the
private sector about becoming complacent and urged them to do all that is possible to
protect lives and property.

Presentations were made by the Royal St. Lucia Police Force, security solutions  providers FLOW, Guardsman, Innovative Business Solutions and the Security Training Institute and Security Services (STISS Inc).

The members of the private sector raised concerns over an escalation of robberies targeting local businesses. They discussed solutions ranging from increased use of
technology including video and artificial intelligence, improved training for security
officers, intelligence sharing and greater collaboration with the police.

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Businesses were told to pay more attention to developing and implementing security policies and strategies and to invest in measures which can reduce their vulnerability.

The Chamber members pledged to work more closely with the Royal St. Lucia Police Force and to provide services or equipment which can help the police in curbing crime on the island.

The Police team headed by Inspector Shervon Matthew, who’s in charge of the Criminal
Investigation Department, welcomed the call for continued dialogue and closer collaboration with the business community in fighting crime on St. Lucia.

Inspector Matthew also called for the conversation to be broadened to include policymakers
and legislators. He wants to see greater focus on modernizing legislation, improvements to the Justice system, and a concerted effort to address the social issues negatively impacting local communities.

SOURCE: Caribbean Business Report

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  1. This is so funny same persons who gained from crime trying to design how to curb crime, do the research if you think I lie.

  2. Unless y’all willing to address ALL law breaking in this country you are wasting peoples’ time. Why allow X law to be enforced and not Y?

  3. Business community should take a more active role in communities by supporting/sponsoring school programs and cultural/social community activities as a means of reducing crime.

  4. Fighting crime by approaching it the same way , with the same resources as you have done for 30 years. You will get the same result – NOTHING.

    Instead of going to the root of the problem with sufficient resources you all are fiddling at the fringes with pappyshow playacting.
    To date all we have seen from the SLP in tackling crime is PR and talk fests with other organizations or governments when the reality is we already know what is required. The government will not implement because they are too lazy and also afraid to rock the boat. Their own people are part of the problem.
    Clown show but Lucians seem to like it so.
    2023 going to be a revelation.

  5. Meanwhile, whilst ‘dialogue’ continues, 6 men armed with machetes board a charter catamaran moored at Souffriere, hold the occupants with machetes at their throats and rob them. Funny, I don’t see this as appearing as a news story? These continuing boardings in this area are already having an effect on tourism with many boat owners sailing straight past St Lucia and the word is going around the boat community fast that St Lucia is a dangerous place and should be avoided. But it s only tourists I suppose so no worries….

  6. Business leaders from around the country came together for a crime summit in Washington D.C. this week to discuss how to intensify the dialogue on crime. The summit was organized by the National Association of Manufacturers and was attended by CEOs from various industries. They agreed to work together to find solutions to the crime problem and to share best practices.


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