Former Police Chief wants action on school security

Former Police Chief wants action on school security

Former Police Chief, Cuthbert Phillips, has asserted that something needs to be done about improving security at schools.

Phillips recalled that he has been making that point for years.

“Children can’t just see a watchman lying down in the place there – look at his attire; these places need a well-established security team,” the former Police Chief declared.

The former Police Commissioner said he has no doubt that adequate security could be provided.

Phillips also spoke of the need to improve security on the Island’s beaches.

He asserted that he did not know if a national security plan exists, but highlighted the need for one that would consider the national threat.

“I don’t expect that maybe anybody will come out and tell us, but at least there is a plan so that somebody can say ‘yes, we have a plan’” the former Police Chief declared.

He recalled that all the Islands had key and vulnerable points.

By way of example, Phillips mentioned the Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC).

“LUCELEC is a key point,” he noted, adding that the power company also represented an essential service.

He explained that a national security plan should address how to protect such institutions in a time of crisis.

In this regard Phillips noted that the role of the National Security Council was crucial.

“It is a powerful organization and that organization must function,” he declared.

Phillips noted that the council has the ability to co-ordinate all the other agencies that have to deal with security.

Cabinet gave its approval for the formation of the Council in January, 2013.

It is chaired by the Prime Minister and includes the Minister of National Security as Deputy Chairman, the Minister of Tourism, the Attorney General, the Commissioner of Police and the Cabinet Secretary – among others.

Phillips said he was sure that the new Minister of National Security, Hermangild Francis, would reactivate the body as soon as possible.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Sad-But-True
    June 19, 2016 at 2:11 pm Reply

    Agreed!

  2. Justice
    June 19, 2016 at 4:28 pm Reply

    That national security council existed in name only with the persons disinterested or incompetent. For examples;
    Prime Minister Dr. Anthony begs criminal for a break in vieux fort some Christmases ago.
    Same Dr. Anthony on a political platform trivislizes rape by irresponsibly shouting out there are serial rapists on the loose but failed to say what was being done or if arrests had been made.
    Same Dr. Anthony who happily agreed with ClAudius FrAncis thAt his government was under threat from the police but the nation saw no seriousness about the claIm. It just quickly disappeared as it had appeared.

    Then there was former sleepy security minister La Corbinere whose only efforts were all failed ones. He was preoccupied with only protecting his name. Earned the title of Dr. Anthony’s worst minister. He was a silent minister.
    In the mAjor and serious claIm by Dr. Anthony thAt his government was under threat from the police interestingly the nation heard not a word from the national security minister. Such is for pappyshow.

    Then we had an Attorney General who for all purposes was non existent. Never heard her voice, did not stand for anything and she was an invisible minister.

    Finally we had national security advisor and consultant Ausbert Regis. Acted like a statue said and apparently did nothing. No one heard him whilst crime escalated and got out if control. On a rare occasion he came out to attack guy mayers politically as if that was what tax payers were paying him for.
    So with those four person’s what kind of national security council st. Lucia could ever have had.

    1. Boujon Guiyave
      June 19, 2016 at 5:05 pm Reply

      The former chief of Police made an observation. It is either you agree with him or you don’t. There is no need to politicise the issue as there are issues that can be raised to show the police dragged its feet on some issues which it deemed trivial while others considered them serious. One example is what some consider a threat on the life of past PM’s life. Some time after threat was issued some sections of the media reported that the police was investigating the allegation. All I can say about this is that since that news report on the involvement of the police the issuer of the threat has attempted to play down the incident on facebook. What I’m trying to say is if the police was investigating or investigated the matter how comes they have not published the findings of their investigation? How comes they have not said the individual concerned has no case to answer which appears to be the case since the individual has attempted to trivialise the issue on facebook.

      It would have so much more mature had you just concentrated on the issue: school security. It is not everyday you hear people speaking about that. Obviously it is a new (relatively speaking) area of concern and is very serious. Years ago the school envirnment was relatively secure and if it has deteriorate to the extent that this environment now requires a police presence is reason for affirmative action.

  3. I TITUS EMMANUEL.
    June 19, 2016 at 7:09 pm Reply

    What happen on the pigeon island cause way beach years ago.this little boy ?

  4. Anonymous
    June 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm Reply

    The former PM may have been trying to shield Ezekiel Joseph

  5. Anonymous
    June 20, 2016 at 12:47 pm Reply

    Perhaps if there was police on the pigeon island beach years ago the former chief in the pic would not have shot and killed the young man who only spoke to his daughter

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