On a visit to Saint Lucia, regional security chiefs noted that increased gun violence was impacting their countries and highlighted the need for stronger ties in response.
The visitors noted that stronger ties would ensure law and order and public protection.
“We are all experiencing the rise of gun violence in our countries. We can really sympathise with our brothers and our sisters,” Deputy Commissioner Frankie Joseph of the Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force said.
And Joseph told Regional Security System (RSS) officers deployed to Saint Lucia to assist with maintaining law and order that they were performing a ‘risky’ task and expressed appreciation for their service.
Commanding Officer Major Dalton Graham of the Antigua & Barbuda First Regiment stressed the need for teamwork.
Graham also urged the RSS team to look out for each other.
“Our lives are at risk,” he explained, while urging the officers to safeguard their lives and the lives of their ‘buddies.’
While in Saint Lucia, the Security Chiefs 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 met with Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre, responsible for National Security, Police Commissioner Crusita Descartes-Pelius, and the RSLPF Executive for a briefing session.
They also visited officers deployed to Saint Lucia to assist with maintaining law and order.