Saint Lucia police have vowed to continue a crime crackdown throughout the Island after a ‘successful weekend’ with several arrests for firearm and drug-related offences.
In Vieux Fort, recently designated an escalated crime area under new legislation giving the police expanded powers, officers arrested individuals for possession of drugs, ammunition, and large sums of cash, the source of which they could not explain.
“We are committed to continuing the operations not only in Vieux Fort but throughout Saint Lucia,” Police Commissioner Crusita Descartes-Pelius told reporters on Monday.
Descartes-Pelius explained that the objective was to make Vieux Fort and Saint Lucia a better place.
The Police Commissioner said the presence here of Regional Security System (RSS) ranks was no indication of a lack of competence on the part of members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
But she explained that RSS ranks had increased boots on the ground.
In addition, Descartes-Pelius told reporters that the men and women of the RSLPF were committed to working hard to make Saint Lucia a better place, with or without the RSS.
However, the Police Commissioner said Saint Lucia would get more RSS support in the coming days.
Deputy Police Commissioner Ronald Phillip indicated that the police would be unrelenting in the battle against crime.
“We are not going to allow any group of thugs to hold any decent citizen to ransom,” Phillip said.