Minister: Every day should be ‘Restore Confidence’

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, responding to calls for a return of Operation Restore Confidence, has told reporters that every day should be an Operation Restore Confidence.

“People talk about Operation Restore Confidence, but I have always said that every day should be an operation of restore confidence – persons are supposed to have confidence in the police on a daily basis. If we continue to do what we have to do it will not reach a stage where there is this vast expanse of crime,” Francis told reporters at a news conference Friday morning.

“If the police are doing what they are supposed to do, they will be on top of it,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner said.

He expressed the view that there will be instances where there may be triple homicides and instances where there are crimes of passion involving love triangles.

However Francis said if the police were ‘on top of business’, there would be no need for ‘those types of operations.’

Operation Restore Confidence was launched in 2011 as a police response to a wave of violent crime.

It  led to the alleged extrajudicial killing of twelve persons, prompting expressions of concern  from the United States government and other friendly administrations.

According to an independent report, officers from the Royal St Lucia Police Force “staged” a dozen shootings and reported them as murders by unknown assailants, planting weapons at the scene.


  1. Anonymous
    February 25, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Police are not doing what they are paid to do. I have been calling 6 months about an illegal business generating noise in my neighbourhood. The law permits the police to come and fine the law breaker. Not once have they ever showed up.

    You are well intentioned Mr. Francis. Sadly, most of the police you oversee don’t deserve the salary they receive. It is your job to get rid of the useless ones and mold the RSLPF into something we all can be proud of. I’m not holding my breath.

    1. 666
      February 25, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      They should respect the title, and act Royal. You will always find some low-lifers in any police force within the Commonwealth Realms. Are they aware that they represent the Crown?

      1. Jane
        February 25, 2017 at 1:49 pm

        It’s not about Royalty, it about work ethic. You get paid to do a job, do it the way it is supposed to be done.

      2. LucianGemini
        February 25, 2017 at 4:54 pm

        I agree that it’s not about royalty. Further, they should be more concerned about protecting family and friend and the community and country of which they are part. Violence and lawlessness, specially on the part of authority, begets more of the same. They should consider the example that they show the young’uns coming up. It will lessen their work. Less force and more service.

  2. pankaiso
    February 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Mr Francis you were there live in person once upon a time what did you do about it things don escalate over night they take years can you show us your work plan then if there was one they were loyal men under your care and watch , had you done well and planned well there would have been no need to have any plan operations called CONFIDENCE so its all in the open to see that you as well failed
    you should have taken a page or few from the living ledgen who at the time was in the Valley he was not British but a well bred local so maybe you should advise the cop to do his home work go down to the valley and get advise from them they will tell you how it worked and i will tell you that is where the real confidence came from

  3. Vibz
    February 25, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    The safety and security of the citizens and residents should be of paramount importance to the powers that be. Should we expect the best efforts of the police? Yes! Solving crime is not be left up to the police alone, it takes a collaborative effort from all spheres of society to reduce or eradicate criminal activities. One should not condone poor work ethic from law enforcement. But how to we expect police to make a great dent in crime when they have to work under such atrocious conditions? Give the police the requisite resources they need and improve their working conditions. After these have been done, along with ongoing training, then we can castigate them if things do not improve.

  4. Yoyo
    February 26, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Can’t believe chastnet about to sell pigeon point . 14 battles between French and English. People die trying to defend this place, and you gonna sell this place .

  5. Anonymous
    February 28, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Are u guy’s mad. Where do u’all get I’ll fake news from please get your information right befor u make a fool of yourself cause u really sound illiterate, sorry!!!