Rogue cops are a concern to Caricom Ministers of National Security, Saint Lucia’s Minister of National Security, Hermangild Francis has said.
Francis disclosed that rogue cops were a “vexing problem”.
The Minister said the issue was discussed on Monday.
That’s when he attended the seventeenth meeting of the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement, held at the Caricom Headquarters in Guyana.
“We have now realized what is happening in Trinidad – almost 230 police officers have been suspended because of their involvement in criminal activity,” Francis, a former Deputy Police Commissioner told the Times.
He said all the countries were actively looking at the issue to ensure that they can deal with the “scourge.”
Francis declared that based on a crime analysis presented at the Guyana meeting, all Caricom countries are in serious problems with the proliferation of firearms, murders, rape and house break-ins.
The analysis was presented by the Caricom Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS).
Francis disclosed that Commissioners of Police who were present at Monday’s gathering were asked to submit their crime statistics to IMPACS in a timely fashion.
He noted that the Guyana gathering took decisions on a Caricom arrest warrant treaty and a draft agreement on the return and sharing of recovered assets.
“These documents will be given to the Attorney General for perusal and his comments before the Honourable Prime Minister signs them at the next Heads of Government meeting slated for February 2017,” Francis explained.
He said from a Saint Lucia perspective, the biggest problem locally is crime and the proliferation of firearms.
“Its a difficult situation,” the Minister stated.
He revealed that he will be speaking with the Commissioner of Police to implement a ballistic ‘fingerprint’ of each firearm.
“So when you have been given a licensed firearm it is going to be tested and that test will be your fingerprint for that particular firearm,” Francis said.
He noted that at times persons either lose their legal firearms or the weapons are stolen.
The Minister said those firearms can be used to commit crimes.
But he observed that with a system of fingerprinting in place, the authorities will be able to determine whether a licensed firearm was used.