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Police Seize ‘Offensive Instruments’ Concealed On Students

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On Friday, May 17, 2024, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force conducted a comprehensive operation with the goal of enhancing public safety by continuing to address criminal activity directly.

During this operation, officers from the Traffic Enforcement Team, Bicycle Patrol Unit, and the Patrol Team engaged in various activities, including:

Searches within the city: In response to growing concerns about delinquent behaviour among secondary school students, law enforcement officers conducted multiple searches in the Castries area. Consequently, officers discovered and seized seventeen (17) offensive instruments concealed on students.

Weapons seized from students

Sweeps in Criminogenic Areas: The operation included sweeps in areas known for criminal activity. These efforts led to the arrest of a suspect involved in an ongoing Attempted Murder investigation.

Traffic Operations: The operation concluded with a traffic enforcement effort, during which one-hundred and twenty (120) vehicles were stopped. Twenty-one (21) tickets were issued for various violations, and two (2) motor vehicles were impounded.

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force remains resolute in our pursuit of justice.

Through proactive crime-fighting strategies, we will identify and prosecute criminal elements. We express gratitude to law-abiding citizens for their support as we strive to create a safer Saint Lucia for all.

SOURCE: Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. File Photo: Student stop and search in Castries in March, 2024.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. This report highlights the big issue we have in society. That most of those criminals start young and through time gain confidence that they will evade capture. So 17 offensive instruments we found on student? STUDENTS?…well the Police now know what must be done. All schools must be targeted for police intervention…and its easy to know which schools to tackle first…just ask the teachers, they know who the delinquents are, who the trouble makers are….it’s a shame that our society is breeding criminals from a young age when they should be educating themselves for taking over the management of the nation. The authorities have been asleep to this downward trends….what they must understand is Saint Lucia ain’t innocent anymore….this globalised world has opened the eyes of the young and they are now tasted what delinquency is and as such, the authorities now need a new approach. Tackle this problem from the home….I have often said on this forum that government should create a task force to work with problem homes where children have difficulty in adjusting..these problems often shows up in the early school years and usually carries on through primary and secondary school life , if the student makes it that far ….school principals can identify potential problem students, which also points to possible problems at home and the task force could be mobilised to make an intervention in guiding that family and the child/children to a better way of personal development….you would save a heap of problems later in life…then appointments this to the workplace and all other institutions.. because as it stands, it appears society is rife with dysfunctional people/families. Just having a Halls of Justice will not solve these issues as of course, with a more efficient judiciary system, you often have to build bigger prisons, because it stands to reason if your judiciary system carries out it’s mandate with efficiency and is effective, then most likely more people will be indicted for crime… therefore all systems needs to improve to ensure society functions….so they system must have a way to detect and catch delinquent drivers/ motorcyclists….where vehicle registration is systemised and police can identify vehicles details at the press of a button…or where computers can work in the background scanning every vehicle that passes a certain point and then alert police to possible infringement like unlicensed drivers, non payments of insurance etc etc ..and that vehicle is then stopped at a check point further up the road…. the government must look into innovative ways of making society safer and better…for some people, given them an inch and they will take a mile and it is these people for which government must put systems in place to keep them on the straight and narrow….while the majority of Saint Lucians just want to get on with their daily lives…but yes indeed, this report is an indictment on our society but it also shows the way forward if we want change.

  2. These this needs to be done on school compound as well, great start. weed is manifesting into the schools as well… some female students are giving BJ for weed.

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