Crime fighting efforts need help – Minister

Local crime fighting needs all the help it can get, National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has indicated.

Francis, a former Deputy Police Commissioner, commended members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), for doing a good job over the years.

He said they needed to continue doing their crime fighting and their work as professionally as possible.

Asked about help from the British, he said it was a possibility but  he could not be definite.

“We need all the assistance we can get and whoever is available will be asked and we will see how to use their services,” Francis revealed.

The Minister made the comments while disclosing that he had no update on the murder here of British Hotelier, Oliver Gobat.

Gobat’s burnt body was found in a vehicle in April 2014.

His family has accused local police of dragging their feet on the investigation.

The National Security Minister recalled having made reference to the Gobat matter during campaigning for the June 6, 2016 general elections.

“We are serious, but I think we have to first deal with the IMPACS report and proceed further,” Francis asserted.

Francis stated that he was aware that the matter of the IMPACS report continues to hang over the force.

But he gave the assurance that the issue will be dealt with in an expeditious manner.

The Minister said that he is yet to receive a copy of the IMPACS report.

The report was compiled by a team of Jamaican investigators who probed allegations of extra judicial killings by members of the RSLPF.

The killings occurred between 2010 and 2011 during an anti-crime campaign dubbed – Operation Restore Confidence.

Francis noted that although he did not have a copy of the IMPACS report, he expected to have one by weekend.

“We have to deal with the IMPACS report and the quicker the better,” he declared.

 

 

 

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