Special team to help stop rapes

Special team to help stop rapes

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.

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  1. playstore
    March 30, 2016 at 11:11 pm Reply

    This is ridiculous and makes no sense.There is a unit already. What will this one do. This is just a gimmic to make people believe that something is being done. Will the unit be every where on the island? Will they work 24hrs? I dont find that will stop anyone who want to commit rapes.

  2. Yoshi
    March 31, 2016 at 8:59 am Reply

    And how do they plan to stop rapes when these guy are never there when they are needed, and when they are on a scene, they look like thy have no idea what they are doing.

  3. Broken
    March 31, 2016 at 9:27 am Reply

    Well as a woman I will defend myself in every way possible if someone is trying to rape me is two things that wikk happen…..all woman should learn how to defend them self in that situation take it from someone that have been there…

  4. Justice
    March 31, 2016 at 11:46 am Reply

    Well said PLAYSTORE for you have exposed the nonsense in that move. A dedicated vulnerable persons unit has already long been in existence.
    O am shocked new commissioner is prepared to support that farce instead of saying what the real situation is and it is reinforcement the old unit needs and not a so called new unit.
    Get a lab going for starters and stop the mamaguying. The truth will always be exposed

  5. Anonymous
    March 31, 2016 at 12:10 pm Reply

    The more resources put towards prevention and detection the better for all of us. So good luck team. Support from all St. Lucians will go along way in keeping our women safe.

  6. Anonymous
    March 31, 2016 at 5:55 pm Reply

    This is utter nonsense. The government need to put more surveillance in place for the people of stlucia. What about extending the camera program. put it in VIeux Fort. Also what about asking the Taiwanese to provide some surveillance camera system for people of this nation which is reasonable to alow people to purchase. We are facing a security issue. It is high time people equipe their homes and businesses with security cameras. In that way they can help the police in detecting crime. Having a new team in place will not help.

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