Home Affairs Minister Dr. Virginia Albert-Poyotte believes citizen participation in the battle against crime is vital to success.
She acknowledged that crime was affecting Saint Lucia, the Caribbean, and the world.
And the Minister said the government has to put measures in place to encourage Saint Lucians to participate fully in crime-fighting.
“The citizens have a lot of information which they can share with the agencies that are combatting crime,” the Babonneau MP told reporters on Tuesday.
“With the help of the public we will certainly win the battle on crime. So we want the media to play a major role in passing on the message and encouraging people to give information,” Albert-Poyotte said.
Asked about the effectiveness of the 555 Anonymous police Hotline, the Minister said she has to obtain that information from the police.
But she observed that the Hotline was an avenue for people to give information anonymously.
“Once they can trust the system, that their identity will be protected, it should be an avenue that we can use to combat crime,” Albert-Poyotte explained.