Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre expects a rebuilt custody suites within nine months, telling reporters that the building’s destruction by the former Allen Chastanet administration was shortsighted.
“We speak about crime. We are very concerned about crime. One of the basic problems when you arrest people is you must get somewhere to put them. The last government destroyed the custody suites and no one has accounted for it. Why would you destroy a holding cell – a holding place for people who are arrested?” The National Security Minister told reporters on Monday.
“We started work on it and hopefully, we should get a custody suites in the next nine months which would help the police as far as detaining people when they are arrested,” Pierre stated on the sidelines of a Cabinet meeting.
He explained that currently, if the police arrest someone in Castries, the officers have to take the individual to Marigot, Anse La Raye, Dennery, or as far as Soufriere to hold them, or release them.
The former custody suites, the the former Royal Gaol, and the former police headquarters all underwent demolition in May 2020.
Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre told reporters that the Allen Chastanet administration had destroyed the custody suites with ‘absolutely no care in the world.’
“These are the shortsighted things that happened, and we are paying for it,” the Castries East MP declared.
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