On Tuesday, Regional security chiefs who arrived in Saint Lucia to visit their officers deployed here to assist in the country’s anti-crime battle met with Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre and top brass of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
The Security Chiefs were from the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda, the Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force, the Barbados Police Service, the Barbados Defence Force, and the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.
According to the RSLPF Facebook page, the visitors met Pierre, responsible for National Security, Police Commissioner Crusita Descartes-Pelius, and the RSLPF Executive for a briefing session.
The regional security officials also visited their officers deployed to Saint Lucia to assist with maintaining law and order in Vieux Fort.
Regional Security System (RSS) officers began arriving in Saint Lucia last month.
They came in response to an invitation from the government as Vieux Fort experienced a deadly gun violence spike.
The government also declared Vieux Fort an escalated crime zone under new legislation granting extended crime-fighting powers to the police.
In addition, the RSLPF summoned officers from vacation to beef up boots on the ground.
This week, acting Governor-General Cyril Errol Melchiades Charles spoke in the Throne Speech of the Pierre administration’s resolve to end gun violence.
And Charles told parliament that Saint Lucia would continue to engage the RSS services ‘for as long as it is necessary’.
The Governor General’s remarks came one day after two people were shot dead and four others sustained injuries in separate incidents in Babonneau and Gros Islet.