City Police concerned about ‘no guns’ comment

City Police concerned about ‘no guns’ comment

City Police officers are concerned about a statement this week by National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, asserting that there is no need at this time for them to be issued with firearms.

The statement followed an earlier announcement by the Mayor Of Castries, Peterson Francis, that guns would be issued to the officers.

A well informed source told the Times that the minister’s statement has not gone down well with some officers, who assert that although the minister told reporters that City Constables have the assistance of the regular police, that is not always the case.

The source said City Police officers are especially concerned about the 10.pm to 6:am shift.

It was claimed that regular police units are rarely, if ever, on the beat then with City Constables,although there are police mobile patrols.

Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has told the Times that his job is to ensure that City Police officers are not only well paid, but well protected.

“We have a 10 to 6 – I mean, we have seen our City Police on the road, I don’t know that we can say the same thing for the (regular) police at that time. I know they have patrols in vehicles and so on,” the Mayor said.

“Our guys have to be protected,” Francis, who is the brother of the National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, told the Times.

Asked whether he would approach the minister on the matter of issuing guns to City Police Officers, the Mayor indicated that he was not aware that there was a ‘no guns’ policy.

“I don’t know that there is a policy and we have not received any directives,” Peterson Francis told the Times,adding that he is making arrangements for the City Police to get firearms.

He observed that former members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) have joined the ranks of the City Police.

“I do not consider my City Police to be amateurs to the extent that you can’t trust them,” the Mayor asserted.

He explained that City Police officers face the same risks as regular police officers,perhaps even more because of their “newness.”

“They are very new in the game. Why should the police be armed when they go into dangerous places and we have to go the same places?” The Mayor said.

He told the Times that whether it is a matter of guns or otherwise, the City Police officers will be provided with the means to protect themselves.

Currently, the officers are equipped with radios.

 

 

on 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

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19 Comments

  1. Happy
    January 26, 2017 at 10:25 am Reply

    Give them batons in the mean time. Guns are to be used when all other attempts have failed. They can consider arming the supervisors but the other officer give them proper training before arming them. I agree with the Minister

    1. Anonymous
      January 26, 2017 at 12:13 pm Reply

      Batons!!!! Please. That is the most dangerous time to be on the streets. That is the prime time when the vermin come out. And Mr. Mayor please make it mandatory for the guys to patrol in groups of two or more when on that shift especially. Only last weekend, I saw ONE officer patrolling CHAUSSEE road at almost midnight with only a radio.

  2. Anonymous
    January 26, 2017 at 10:25 am Reply

    so u want me to protect the city with only my radio???.police is police when there’s fire run u don’t have a gun but they do Herman u should be a shame. If u want guns strike. Don’t wait for when u get shot.

    1. Anonymous
      January 26, 2017 at 10:40 am Reply

      Beat the criminals on the head with the radio?

  3. Sad-But-True
    January 26, 2017 at 10:30 am Reply

    Hahaha. Kai-Tan.
    Evil Chastanet got your heads all spinning. You house-sla.ves will never learn. You love looking up to mas.sa for dear life.
    You house-sla.ves are an embarr.assment to our ancestors.

    1. Anonymous
      January 26, 2017 at 2:53 pm Reply

      U mus be soo SAD UWP in power…lolol….suck it in….Because its TRUE!

    2. Anonymous
      January 27, 2017 at 8:27 am Reply

      What a fool

  4. Sharon terrell
    January 26, 2017 at 10:48 am Reply

    Well if no guns allowed at least give them tasers for now, but no guns i will stop u with a baton and my radio.This can be dangerous, give them tasers.

  5. Courtney
    January 26, 2017 at 10:54 am Reply

    In my opinion vth City Police Should be equipped with fire arms especially in the late night shifts, it’s not rcket scientists Mr . Minister.

  6. jackal
    January 26, 2017 at 10:58 am Reply

    I agree with tasers during the day..but the 10pm to 6am shift definitely need to have armed officers

  7. Anonymous
    January 26, 2017 at 11:23 am Reply

    Yes agree….

  8. jackal
    January 26, 2017 at 11:36 am Reply

    These criminals going to far..bold..and no sympathy for anybody life right now to be taking any chances right now..to have unarmed officers at any given time

  9. Anonymous
    January 26, 2017 at 12:01 pm Reply

    Police with no guns on those dangerous streets. If bandits have guns why shouldn’t police walk around without one

  10. Anonymous
    January 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply

    I think that the former police officer should be the one’s working at night for now because I know most of them should have their firearms.

  11. jackal
    January 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm Reply

    yes that’s a good point.I agree

  12. Anonymous
    January 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm Reply

    Give the police guns please

  13. Kay kel
    January 26, 2017 at 4:56 pm Reply

    But some of these same “city Police” previously had criminal records. Locked up a broad. So you saying arm the now criminal “city police”?!!! Hmmmmm !!!!!

  14. Anonymous
    January 26, 2017 at 4:58 pm Reply

    No guns please

  15. Kay kel
    January 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm Reply

    But some of these same “city Police” previously had criminal records. Locked up a broad. So you saying arm the previously criminal “city police”?!!! Hmmmmm !!!!!

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