Gang violence a concern for Mayor

Gang violence is a concern for Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, as the city gets ready to host Assou Square.

The traditional New Year street fair will be held from January 1-2, 2017 at Derek Walcott Square.

On a tour of parts of the capital today accompanied by officials from his office and representatives of the City Police, Francis explained that  gang violence  was his first concern.

“We are looking at it,” the Mayor said.

Francis said as more police officers will be on the road there will be heightened security at the Assou Square event.

He disclosed that the Castries Constituencies Council (CCC) is expecting a new batch of City Police officers soon.

According to the Major, not all of the police officers will be in uniform.

Francis said his intention is to make the capital City safe.

Responding to an observation that currently the new batch of City Police Officers do not carry firearms, the Mayor indicated that this will soon change.

“They will be armed; we are looking to make them mobile – giving them bicycles and so on,” Francis revealed.

Twenty-three newly hired city police officers  were sworn in earlier this month,among them several former members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

The new recruits were an addition to the 13 constabulary officers currently employed.

Another batch of recruits is expected by the first quarter of 2017 to beef up the unit to 50.



  1. TC
    December 28, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    i have a resolution for this mayor… next year less talk more action.

    1. Anonymous
      December 28, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Amen to that. They make no effort to stop the little crimes. The illegal vending. The noise. The traffic violations. The parking. The littering.

      I have been calling the po-po for weeks about a gentleman making incessant noise with a pressure washer washing vehicles at the side of the road. DCA gave no such permissions. Police never show up. They have admitted to seeing the guy operating there. They patrol the area all the time. It never occurred to them to inquire and stop it.

      Crime is a result of chaos. Chaos=no order. If you can’t put order in Castries you will never stop any crime. Stop wasting people’s time by tackling the symptoms of the issues. Cure the disease. If I see a police stopping a “minor infraction” as opposed to turning a blind eye, I will have more confidence in calling on them. As it stands I have zero.

  2. John Williams
    December 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Respect. The guy is trying. I am sure there will be more adjustments as time goes by. He has started on the right path by putting law personnel on the ground. The next thing is beyond him. There has to be mandatory long prison sentences for illegal firearms. Do not allow the judges discretionary sentencing.

  3. Sad-But-True
    December 28, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    What do you want me to say?
    Crime has escalated since Evil Chastanet’s fat butt is on our island. This dude is just a disaster.

  4. lance armstrong
    February 28, 2017 at 10:58 am

    the police will be armed and riding bike’s? Call in an emergency and a tired cop huffing and puffing will arrive the next day. terrible joke!

  5. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Do you know what the solution should be , get all the know gang members put them on a island give them guns and let them hunt one another like the animals they are.

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