Minister addresses issue of police crime response

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has been addressing the issue of the police response to crime.

Francis said the vehicle fleet that the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has  is outdated.

“It is over ten, fifteen years that they have not been given any assistance when it comes to mobility,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner told reporters Monday.

Francis said Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has agreed to make the police as mobile as possible.

He explained that this will result in a quicker response time.

In response to a question about access of the media to crime scenes, Francis said it was a ‘ticklish situation.’

“I think we need to get some experts to meet with the press and the police,” Francis stated.

He disclosed that members of the media must understand that if they venture too close to the scene, they may tamper with evidence.

“There must be a balance between the distance you can get and the cooperation that you would get from the police,” the Minister observed.

He said if journalists respect the ‘distance’ that the police have given to them, he is certain there would be no difficulty.

“We want the news reported – we want everybody to know what is happening in this country,” Francis asserted, adding that the police are not against having members of the media present.

However he noted that sometimes members of the media want to get a little too close and become excited.

“That is where the friction comes in,” the former police officer said.





  1. Anonymous
    January 9, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Look deep way back. U forget when england sent down police from england and the force wasn’t happy. U all should have taken the chance to better the force in all aspects

  2. Anonymous
    January 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Instead of looking for the criminals you talking about journalism coming too close to crime scene St Lucia needs new dictatorship.

    1. Jerry George
      January 10, 2017 at 9:03 am

      I found it strange. The story started one way then all of a sudden changed to media and crime scene.

  3. Nick
    January 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    The reporters must respect the law and adhere to the distance allowed and stipulated by the police. They should know the crime scene has to be protected. The police has the responsibility to ensure this is done, even if it means charging those who disobey the law and the guidelines

  4. Anonymous
    January 9, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    The government main priority should be the safety of its citizens and residents. Therefore the Police Force should be well trained and adequately equipped. Mobile patrols and the shortest possible response time to criminal or illicit activities are critically important in preventing and solving crimes. Reporters should know that the crime scene should always be protected from becoming contaminated. The Caribbean was once well known for being one of the friendliest and most peaceful region on this mundane sphere. It is now bedeviled with poverty, high unemployment, unprecedented debt, failing healthcare systems and fast becoming a killing ground. Too many of our young people have gone to a premature grave taking with them the talents, vitality and resourcefulness.

  5. viewer
    January 9, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Police can’t stop the crime;ghetto youths want money to spend and a job. People talk about stop the stealing,but if a man is hungry and don’t have a job what does society want him to do,everybody has to eat to survive…

    1. Anonymous
      January 10, 2017 at 8:47 am

      I didn’t have a job for years. I didn’t go stealing. I kept looking for a job. Police should round up all of you and make you’ll disappear permanently. No noise no fuss. Maybe we should use you’ll as test subjects.

    2. Anonymous
      January 10, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Yea shut up its not lack of jobs making them kill each other, its a lack of respect for life.

  6. Deborah Coster
    January 10, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Thats a pretty weak reponse….moan moan our vehicles are old

    What about we are gonna use our powers, go turn over a few houses, investigate fully,find and take the guns, let people feel safe

  7. Sad-But-True
    January 10, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Take a look at this.
    This is the first time in this island’s history that we’ve witnessed this level of murders in one day. Look at the time frame, and who is at the helm. There is something sinister about it.
    Evil Chastanet has to step down along with his corrupt surrogates, shipped back to his homeland Martinique, so peace can prevail.
    Evil Chastanet is the problem!

  8. Calvin
    January 10, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Easy Math:

    Sad-But-True = Yap-Yap-Yap.

  9. Anonymous
    January 10, 2017 at 10:08 am

    The Police need their own dedicated telecommunications network to realise an improvement in response times. New vehicles will not improve efficiency because many times the police vehicles are parked outside private homes whilst the police officers are inside comforting women and/or having drinks. Then when the public calls for assistance they are told that no vehicles are available. Film at 11.

  10. blue
    January 10, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Sad But True even YOU must be bored with your retarded drivel. YAAAAAWWWNNNN!

  11. Anonymous
    January 10, 2017 at 11:22 am

    The police need their dedicated telecommunications network to be more effective and efficient. How many police have walkie-talkies and how many police vehicles are equipped with VHF radios?

  12. Anonymous
    January 10, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Sad-But-True get a job. .You STUPID (Words deleted)

  13. Anonymous
    January 10, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    If the police are given proper defensive driving skills and use common sense which I see is not common with them they will not crash so many government vehicles.

  14. Anonymous
    January 10, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Crime scene contamination has become a norm in St lucia. By the public , the media not to mention the police. We all have to be pro active in order to put an end to this lack of judgment and respect.

  15. Anonymous
    January 10, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    To be honest the ghetto youtes should find out where the police live his mother father brothers sisters cousin nieces nephews blood for blood as we have to get rid of the evil cop who is protected by freemasons and the capitalist the elite and secret societies blood for blood

    1. Anonymous
      January 11, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Did you just wake up stupid? Or were you born that way?

  16. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017 at 12:21 am

    I agree with sad but true.