Mayor promises guns for City Police

Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has promised that City Police officers will soon be equipped with firearms.

“Within a week or two weeks they will be equipped with guns,” Francis disclosed.

He explained that because of the prevalence of crime in the City, the City Police initiative was fast tracked as a response.

Francis explained that because of the fast tracking of the new unit, officers are not fully equipped or uniformed.

Twenty-three newly hired city police officers were sworn in last month at a special ceremony in the Office of the Mayor.

The cohort included 9 women and 14 men, among whom are former  officers from the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).

The Mayor of Castries has announced that the officers will be involved in a crackdown on a number of offences in the capital, including spitting, urinating and defecating in public.

However Francis explained that because the judicial system is already clogged, in the first instance if people are caught urinating in public they will be asked to clean up afterwards.

“We will bring you to the nearest supermarket or shop, buy your bleach, buy your brush and you will come and clean it. We are not going to arrest  you,” Francis said to subdued laughter from reporters.

He said:

“In the first few months you will come and clean and you may have to clean for other people who were there before you.”