Amid a sharp spike in gun violence in Saint Lucia and other Caribbean countries, the Island’s Police Commissioner has declared that the fight against illegal firearms and ammunition trafficking must continue.
Cruscita Descartes-Pelius said the fight was essential for citizen safety, security, economic stability, and growth in the Caribbean.
The Saint Lucia Police Commissioner spoke Tuesday.
The occasion was the opening session of the 3rd Annual Meeting of States of the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap.
She disclosed that addressing illegal gun and ammunition trafficking, rising crime and violence in the region, and increasing collaboration were priorities for Caribbean and United States partners.
Descartes-Pelius said regional and international law enforcement agencies continue to support the fight against illegal gun and ammunition trafficking.
In 2020, all fifteen Caribbean Community (CARICOM)States and the Dominican Republic adopted the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap.
The initiative proposes implementing priority actions on the illicit proliferation of firearms and ammunition across the Caribbean sustainably by 2030.
The aim is to create a safer Caribbean region.
“The task is not easy, but together we can make the task easier and successful to eradicate the scourge of violent crime,” the Saint Lucia Police Commissioner told the two-day event.