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Police Commissioner Says RSLPF Working Hard To Build Public Trust


Police Commissioner Crusita Descartes-Pelius has emphasised the importance of gaining the public’s trust for successful policing.

As a result, she explained that the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) was working hard to gain that trust.

“Trust is important. If we have to solve crime in this country, if we have to make a difference in this country, we have to work with the stakeholders and the public and make sure that there is this trust,” Descartes-Pelius told a news conference last week.

The police commissioner explained that if people lack confidence in the RSLPF, the organisation will not receive information from them.

“So we are working very hard to make sure that we can build the trust with the public so we can make our job easier,” she told reporters.

In November last year, the RSLPF launched its Crime Hotline App, to which the public can send tips anonymously.

The Police Commissioner also spoke of continuing to dialogue with local stakeholders.

She revealed that she recently met fifty of them.

Saint Lucia recorded 75 homicides in 2023, a situation the commissioner described as challenging.

However, she disclosed that a homicide investigation would not end in the year of the offence.

Descartes-Pelius said the police would continue intelligence-led operations, which have proved successful, in addition to training officers to use more technology to reduce crime.

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  1. I agree with all what you Said Commissioner of Police .Honestly the Breed of Gazetted Officers and Supervisor’s From Sgt to Cpls are not Effdctive at all
    Carry out a Survey at the Babonneau and Marshand Police Station you will Discover the Truth .It’s a Disgrace

  2. Word to Police Commissioner:
    (1) Advise the politicians to desist from meddling and enabling some of the criminals. Instead, they should be assisting and enabling the RSLPF in continuing efforts to curb the criminal acts of violence and mayhem.
    (2) Also advise THEM to step up and put plans in place to assist your department in how to treat the mentally challenged and their families. Currently the mental health situation on the island is in a state of disarray.

  3. Ma’am it’s about leading by example. A lying thieving politician cannot ask me to not lie and steal. Likewise a police officer disregarding law and order commands no respect asking others to follow law and order. Your police officers need to be above board and follow the rules. People will respect that. People always respect professionalism.

  4. Commissioner your vision and dream will become a reality when some of your officers learn to respect the citizens of this country. I am for peace and full support of your vision but when you got certain officers acting like criminals how will one respect the law. The sad thing is those officers get away with the bs they do

  5. Security in SLU does not exist – there is absolutely no Security in SLU. I use to blame the Police at some point when it comes to Security but our elected leaders are worst than the Police. I happened to watch Sunday mass at Babonneau on TV and I am not sure if anyone else had the same observation. The entire Cabinet was in church sitting closely together in an unsecured house with no security – all doors were left unmonitored. The whole time it was a disaster which could have happened but did not happen. This was carelessness at the highest level. I could not help but notice how the leaders cannot even protect themselves let alone a country. It was a vulnerability which was shown on TV and anyone could have taken advantage of it on that day.
    Our leaders need to show a better sense of Security when going to public places and avoid such an assembly of everyone without being protected. SLU need to prepare for the worst case scenario but expect the best outcome. This goes both for the POLICE and the LEADERS of this country.


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