The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has promised to put together a special team to help deal with a spate of recent rapes.
Police Commissioner designate, Severin Moncherry, discussed the proposed special team this evening during a town hall meeting at Grande Riviere, Gros Islet.
Moncherry said that the team would be in place very soon.
He revealed that he will be meeting with representatives of the Department of Human Services, the Saint Lucia Crisis Centre, Red Cross, the Christian Council and other non-government organizations to discuss the initiative.
Moncherry, who officially becomes Saint Lucia’s new Police Chief on April 1, 2016, told the town hall meeting that members of the proposed team will be responsible for reviewing all rape cases.
According to him, they will examine patterns.
He said the police will be putting special patrols in place aimed at detection and prevention, especially in the North of the Island.
“We will also be having some surveillance using modern technology in the northern and southern parts of the Island,” Moncherry explained.
He said that with the new team in place, the police hope to not only reduce cases of rape but bring some of the perpetrators to justice.
“We are acting on that and will use every resource that we have to ensure that our women in Saint Lucia are safe,” Moncherry declared.
He was joined at the town hall meeting by other police officials including outgoing Acting Police Commissioner, Errol Alexander.
A spate of rapes has sparked outrage and fear throughout Saint Lucia, with many women vowing to arm themselves for protection.
A call today by the police for citizens not to take the law into their own hands did not go down well with some commentators on social media, who have made clear in their comments that they will mete out vigilante justice to anyone they happen to lay their hands on who is caught in the act of rape or attempting to rape a woman.