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Saint Lucia Gets Drones From Taiwan To Aid In Fighting Crime

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Saint Lucia has received four drones from Taiwan for use in fighting crime, Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has disclosed.

Pierre, responsible for National Security, told reporters on the margins of a Cabinet meeting on Monday that the drones would go into operation shortly.

“They are the modern way of fighting crime,” the Castries East MP explained.

The Prime Minister spoke one day after a twenty-three-year-old man sustained gunshot injuries as he shielded his toddler in a vehicle at Bruceville, Vieux Fort.

Ryan Henry succumbed to his injuries while his young daughter was unhurt.

Henry’s stepfather, who was driving the vehicle, was also unscathed.

Prime Minister Pierre expressed concern over what he described as the senseless loss of life and spoke of the need to peacefully resolve conflicts.

He confirmed that Vieux Fort, where the fatal shooting occurred, was still a designated escalated crime zone.

Pierre believes most police officers are doing their best and thanked them for their crime-fighting efforts.

“The police are trying,” Pierre told reporters.

And he acknowledged that officers have a challenging job.

Nevertheless, he noted that there’s a need for improvement in any area.

” Nothing is perfect,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister explained.

“I am not yet satisfied, but it is a work in progress,” he told reporters.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. THANKS FOR THE DRONES NOW GET CRACKING, MAKE SURE THEY ARE TO FIGHT CRIME NOT ANYTHING ELSE. ONE UP NORTH PLEASE.

  2. Well the drone is one leg what capabilities does it have. I support the move needed more but long range ones.

  3. AFTER THE FACT IS RIGHT, THEY NEED TO HIRE PPL TO FLY THEM DRONES 24/7 IF THEY WANT TO CATCH CRIMINALS, NOT SOMETIMES AS THEY ARE ALREADY WORKING SOMETIMES IN SOME AREAS. MONDAY TO SUNDAY DRONES SUPPOSE TO BE UP IN HOT ZONES, AND THE POPO OUT TO SEE THAT CRIMINALS ARE ARRESTED WHEN THEY ARE ABOUT DO BREAK INS AND ENFORCE THE LAW, NOT OUT ON BAIL NEXT DAY, YOU DO THE CRIME DO THE TIME.

  4. Tracking devices is another way of fighting crime , as long as u been arrested for guns and serious crimes one is placed on u.

  5. You mean we are sooo poor that our government had to wait for a handout drone to assist in the fight against crime. What a shame! What is the priority of our government, this government. Couldn’t we have afforded to purchase drones, several if you ask me. All that needed to be done is was to divert the money going into corruption to crime fighting. This will benefit all of Saint Lucia. And by the way, its not just about being given drones – what are their capabilities, how long can they remain in flight. One hour wouldn’t cut it. To be effective the drones would have to be able to remain in flight for several hours at a time. This government needs to get its act together and protect the country- not the victory.

  6. No matter what, some people will always be negative and not address the substantive. The acquisition of those drones is a wonderful step towards combating the scourge of criminality.

  7. Ok – Thank You Taiwan for your generosity. I hope Richard does not mistake this for the money which was sent to Panama so it can remotely be managed from the Consolidation fund.

    I want to ask the leaders of SLU – Do you have an infrastructure in place to handle the drones ? How do you plan on measure the effectiveness of the drone/drones. Are you going to have a control Centre in place to monitor such activities and act immediately.

    This, of course sound to me another scenario where you buy the cart before the horse and will be coming soon to score some cheap political mileage with your nonsense. I do not care how many drones you can get from Taiwan, without a proper infrastructure in place you are better off having no drone. It is the same approach as the vehicles Pierre bought the police. This paid no dividends just because he gave them somethings but did not put any expectation in place or some new policies in place for the police. Business as usual – treat this as a 9 -5 Job.

    I never knew poor leadership could have gotten a country into such a mess like SLU is currently experiencing – Sad affairs.

  8. Thank you Taiwan again for coming threw for St Lucia and specifically RSLP, Can you bring vests and radio walki talkie communication of some kind since there is none others than personal cell phone devices pretty much!,, correct me if Iam wrong!….so in this regard there is will be much more accountability and direct observations out in the field in RSLP… Also can the first test of the red eyed bandit drone check and find the 70-80 solar panels for Plant Grow Eat!!!?….

  9. @ Crow they are Very Negative very negative very very negative very negative I don’t know the Hell they are still living here. We should be do grateful for these drones….these are not toys you buy in the mall in Castries or Courts they are military grade so they cost a lot. They can stay up longer their camera resolution are way higher and they are fast, we need some more but we are grateful. Better to buy drones than race horse

  10. Any help the government gets that’s going to help them solve crime they needs to stop broadcasting that info to the public unless they want to give the criminal a heads up the public really don’t need to have these information remember the criminal elements is also part of the plublic so don’t forget that

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