Police plan to launch a School Crime Watch programme in Education District Five in the coming weeks, as part of the mission, vision and objectives of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
The initiative will be a collaborative effort between the Richfond and Dennery police stations, according to the RSLPF.
It follows the successful launch of a similar programme by the Community Relations Branch of the RSLPF in Education Districts one to four.
According to the RSLPF, the School Crime Watch is similar to a Neighbourhood Watch.
The crime prevention programme has six objectives, namely:
- To help youth watch out for each other to make the entire school area safer and more enjoyable for all.
- Allows student to take a share responsibility for their school community.
- Help them learn how to keep away from becoming victims of crimes.
- Learn the best ways to report suspicious activities or arguments between students.
- Help build school wide resistance to criminal activities.
- Provide a way for students to respond to incidents of crime and related issues.
The RSLPF says that the School Crime Watch programme is well structured and allows for students to remain anonymous.
“It causes students to have zero tolerance for crime whether as a victim or a witness,” Sergeant Ted King of the Richfond Police station said.