Chastanet laments ‘dysfunctional’ state of security and justice

Chastanet laments ‘dysfunctional’ state of security and justice

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has said that matters pertaining to security and the judiciary are priorities for his government.

Chastanet made the comments in an exclusive interview with the Times after visiting the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS) on Saturday.

The Prime Minister visited the learning institution in the aftermath of the latest burglary there.

He explained that security and the judicial system work together.

“One cannot function without the other,” Chastanet observed.

However he lamented that both were dysfunctional and needed beefing up.

“Fixing the court system, helping to reduce the backlog of cases that we have is a critical priority for me,” the Prime Minister told the Times after a meeting with CCSS Principal, Marva Daniel.

He recalled that agreement had been reached on moving the police headquarters and said that work on a new headquarters should commence at the end of the year.

Chastanet noted that the police need resources which he will make available in next year’s budget.

He also spoke of beefing up security at the CCSS and replacing the items that were stolen by burglars on Saturday.

Asked what message he wanted to send to the criminals who broke into the CCSS, the Prime Minister said:

“We know right now you are taking advantage of us, but I can assure you that in a very short period of time we are going to ramp up and I am hoping that the judicial system takes care of them. I mean this really is deplorable when you attack your own culture, because education is an essential service.”

 

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3 Comments

  1. Boujon Guiyave
    October 3, 2016 at 12:34 pm Reply

    Who is he referring when he says “…..taking advantage of us” ? Which “us”? Who is he now trying to distance himself from? This is how politicians engender a bad name for themselves.

    I remind when the caller made the threat on the life of the former PM. Did you distance yourself from that statement? Did you make a distinction between you and the person who made the statement? Your reaction was that you understand why the caller made the statement.

    Well PM we made actors acting out whatever it is we acting out but the courts don’t recognise this theatre. Therefore we not acting in any “film noir”. It doesn’t take a crime to solve another. The IMPACS saga is an example of that. But it is strange how position changes when the shoe is on the other foot. Maybe just maybe could it be that some delinquents see as an ally just as long as they are anti labour?

    Don’t you now see PM how you are the designer and creator of your own quandary?

  2. Boujon Guiyave
    October 3, 2016 at 12:47 pm Reply

    Who is he referring when he says “…..taking advantage of us” ? Which “us”? Who is he now trying to distance himself from? This is how politicians engender a bad name for themselves.

    I remind when the caller made the threat on the life of the former PM. Did you distance yourself from that statement? Did you make a distinction between you and the person who made the statement? Your reaction was that you understand why the caller made the statement.

    Well PM we may be actors acting out whatever it is we acting out but the courts don’t recognise this theatre. Therefore we not acting in any “film noir”. It doesn’t take a crime to solve another or social and political problems. The IMPACS saga is an example of that. But it is strange how position changes when the shoe is on the other foot. Maybe just maybe could it be that now some delinquents see you as an ally just as long as they are anti labour?

    Don’t you now see PM how you are the designer and creator of your own quandary?

  3. Just my thoughts
    October 10, 2016 at 6:07 pm Reply

    I would like to see that the police attends to call outs as soon as possible. Arriving almost 24 hours after crime is reported is not conducive to crime fighting. Seems that the criminals are aware of this, and takes advantage of the wide window period. They do not need to run away, they can stroll away at leisure.
    Reported a case of theft of a car engine in April, still waiting for the CID to contact me.
    So if there are not sufficient Police Officers to look after +/- 170 000 people, we have a problem.

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