Amid a surge in gun crime, Police Commissioner Cruscita Descartes-Pelius has warned perpetrators that the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) will hold them accountable.
Descartes-Pelius spoke as Saint Lucia secured special operations equipment and more than $400,000 from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to equip the Forensic Services Unit with cutting-edge firearms examinations and analysis capabilities.
The Police Commissioner explained that assistance in tracing firearms was vital now.
Descartes-Pelius declared that criminals often believe they can act with impunity and escape.
“But today, we are letting you know that we are determined to put whatever we are going to receive today to use to hold you accountable for your actions,” she stated.
The Police have, in the past weeks, announced a slew of successful operations during which they seized illegal guns and ammunition and arrested several suspects.
But senior officers and members of the public are known to be concerned over what they deem to be paltry bail granted by the court for illegal gun and ammunition possession, equating it to a ‘slap on the wrist’ and a potential source of discouragement to the Police in their anti-crime battle.
However, the Police Commissioner has encouraged officers to continue working hard to make Saint Lucia a better place.