PM addresses need for police vehicles

PM addresses need for police vehicles

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has asserted that the government is taking a different approach with respect to obtaining vehicles for the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).

Chastanet spoke against the backdrop of concerns about the police response to crime.

“It is not just about buying 4X4vehicles, it is about getting the right type of cars for the appropriate places that one, we can afford, and two, are cost effective to be able to run,” he told members of the media Monday.

He said he felt strongly that Saint Lucia should be looking to obtain electric cars or cars with  low fuel consumption.

“In areas like Rodney Bay and the town, you don’t need in my opinion to have a 4×4 truck,” Chastanet stated.

He announced that the government has engaged a company to assist the police in their vehicle assessment.

Chastanet told reporters that motorcycles in some of the rural areas may be more appropriate.

“The difficulty with a motorbike is that a person cannot be taken away, but you can have a vehicle that does that specifically,” the PM said.

He explained that in the same way that an ambulance arrives on a scene to address a particular aspect of an accident, there can be a ‘paddy wagon’ that can do the same thing in respect of crime.

Chastanet expressed the view that if police officers are on motorcycles it can give them greater access to certain communities.

“I don’t want you to believe that these are just words – there is a lot of detail that’s going into making sure that they are effective, but at the same time we are meeting our country’s needs. You just can’t keep buying these 4×4 vehicles,” he said.

 

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11 Comments

  1. 666
    January 10, 2017 at 10:22 am Reply

    No paddy wagons please, are we going backwards…or is it just business, getting cheap, unsafe (Word deleted) for law enforcement. Allen, Saint Lucia is not a business!

  2. Anonymous
    January 10, 2017 at 11:13 am Reply

    Chastanet this will not help solve the crimes happening on the island your father said it u don’t have the mind set when it comes to business so that means ure not able to run the country u need a better forensic lab to help solve the crimes

    1. Anonymous
      January 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm Reply

      You need to bring in professional help to clean up St Lucia. The police are inexperienced and therefore unable to do the job.
      This island is not the St Lucia we know and loved. We need help or all will be lost.

  3. Anonymous
    January 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm Reply

    Bring back the death penalty.

  4. Anonymous
    January 10, 2017 at 12:49 pm Reply

    Blame it on Kenny !!!!!

  5. Anonymous
    January 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm Reply

    For 4 years what did Kenny do to solve the crime situation? Could someone tell me.

    1. Sad-But-True
      January 10, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply

      Stop talking about Kenny. The fact is more crime is happening under Evil Chastanet.

      1. Iguana
        January 10, 2017 at 4:16 pm Reply

        Lol how the hell is he evil?! Moron….

  6. Anonymous
    January 10, 2017 at 11:35 pm Reply

    Partisan politics is not going to solve the country’s crime problems. What is needed are workable solutions. Every decent and right minded citizen should unite and become a collective force to rid the country of all criminal elements. See something, say something!

  7. Anonymous
    January 11, 2017 at 10:53 am Reply

    I suspect sad but true is part of that evil force, try to give god ur soul n stop doing evil of sharing other peoples blood n blaming it on chastanet ,sooner or later Satan will take u whole n alive so time to repent

  8. Open mind
    January 22, 2017 at 2:46 am Reply

    I agree in the UK and the US there are different types of police vehicles. Around Castries, cars would be more suitable. The 4×4 vans would be better placed for the out districts. In addition police vans like the minibuses that hold multiple prisoners would be good for rallies or fetes where large crowds may need to be arrested. It is sensible thinking…hope it pans out properly.

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