City Constables who were sworn in today have been urged by Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, to respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.
Moncherry told the twenty-three constables to beware of abusing their authority.
“In as much as you may be very firm, you need to use your discretion,” he asserted.
The Police Chief told the new law enforcers that they must remember that others are watching them.
He declared that today, every other citizen is a news reporter.
“The media have been extended and whatever you do can be recorded at any minute by anyone; so you have to be careful about what you do,” Moncherry warned.
He described the constables as a welcome addition in helping to patrol Castries.
“One of the things I want to say to you is – let us not see this as a job; let us not see it as merely reporting to work on mornings; but let us see it as serving our country,” the Police Commissioner told the new constables.
He said if they are serving their country, they must do so professionally at all times.
The new City Constables will be working alongside members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) in the City.
Moncherry told them of the need to work hard to fight crime and social disorder.
However he stressed that at all times there is need to act within the limits of the law.
“Do not abuse the power and authority that has been given to you,” the Police Commissioner said.
He congratulated the new law enforcers and urged them to strive to do their best.
The twenty-three new City Constables are part of a plan by the new Mayor of Castries, Peterson Francis, to combat crime in the capital of Castries.
More constables are expected to be sworn in early in the new year.