Antigua and Barbuda police officers will soon boost the law enforcement ranks in Saint Lucia in response to a deadly gun crime surge.
On Thursday, the office of Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister announced that seven officers would join Regional Security System (RSS) ranks already in Saint Lucia to help the battle against crime.
The announcement follows the disclosure earlier this week by Saint Lucia Police Commissioner Crusita Descartes-Pelius that the country would get more RSS support ‘in the coming days’.
Descartes-Pelius said the presence of RSS ranks did not indicate 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.
Recently, RSS Executive Director Commodore Errington Shurland mentioned the need for hard and soft approaches to the gun violence crisis in some member states.
Shurland spoke at last month’s RSS Council of Ministers meeting in Grenada.
He explained that the soft approach would involve constant positive messaging to young people through social development programmes consistently targetting troubled youth and programmes addressing recidivism.
On the other hand, Shurland said hard responses require the commitment to put in place the necessary infrastructure to secure borders and prevent the entry of guns.
He also spoke of the need to deal with issues of corruption.
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