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.

 

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