Minister defends policing in City

National Security Minister, Victor La Corbiniere, has defended policing in Castries and its environs on the heels of reports that two teenage girls were raped in the capital on Friday.

According to reports, the incident occurred in the Derek Walcott square.

“We have been policing very well in the city and outside of the City,” the National Security Minister told reporters today as he arrived for a sitting of the Senate.

La Corbiniere asserted that Saint Lucia could not have had a successful jazz operation had there not been an inordinate amount of resources put in by the police, to ensure safety not only for locals but visitors as well.

“We are taking these issues seriously,” he declared.

However, La Corbiniere observed that there will be some measure of crime.

“We have to be both proactive to resolve what might happen, but we also sometimes have to be reactive  to ensure there are fair and transparent investigations,” the Minister said.

Earlier the National Security Minister had indicated that with the recent arrest of a police officer in a strip club probe, law enforcers had demonstrated that they are able to ensure that those who break the law are dealt with.

La Corbiniere asserted that he was not making a judgement call as to whether the officer broke the law, since the courts would decide on that matter.

However he stated that the police have been able to do their work in a transparent way.

“Not because this person is a member of the force they are not going to act,” the Minister observed.

He said the police had acted, and it is now for the courts to make a determination.

A number of non-national women were arrested and charged with work permit violations as a result of a police operation recently at a strip club in the North of the Island.

Police Constable, Alexander Jules, and a local female were also arrested.

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