Saint Lucia police have been lauded for their efforts at helping to relieve poverty.
The praise has come from the head of the Feed the Poor Ministry, Gaspar Henry.
Henry, a former police officer, and a representative of the Villa St Joseph Home for the Elderly in Dennery each received a monetary donation today from Course 34 at the Police Training Academy.
The course, comprising 42 special constables, has a community policing element in which participants undertake a community project.
They decided to give financial support to the Feed the Poor Ministry and the Villa St Joseph home.
Feed the Poor Ministry received $1,500 and the Villa, $3,500.
“I am thankful for this gesture because it shows that the police are not only about arresting crime but arresting poverty as well,” Gaspar Henry told the brief presentation ceremony at which Acting Police Commissioner, Errol Alexander, was present.
Alexander described the donation as the humane side of policing.
He asserted that police officers have feelings like everyone else and try to assist where they see a need.