Home Affairs Minister Dr. Virginia Albert-Poyotte has disclosed that rebranding the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is on the cards.
“One of the things that we have stressed, especially when it comes to the police force is that they are actually looking at rebranding,” Albert-Poyotte told reporters.
She spoke on the margins of Monday’s Cabinet meeting.
The Minister explained that the rebranding was to foster a greater rapport between the community and the police.
Albert-Poyotte described the public as the most significant crime fighters.
“If they cooperate with the police it would make life a lot easier,” she explained.
“We want to accelerate and expand the community relations – community policing where people don’t see the police as a threat, but more as a partner in keeping the country safe and secure,” the Babonneau MP stated.
But she also disclosed that the police would be using more sophisticated equipment in the battle against crime.
“We are looking at the issue of intelligence – using a lot of intelligence to fight crime,” Albert-Poyotte told reporters.
Her comments came amid continuing gun violence in Saint Lucia, where a 33-year-old man was shot dead at Bois Jolie, Dennery, on Saturday night.
On Monday, emergency responders rushed a man to the hospital after he sustained gunshot wounds in Dennery.