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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