Guard dogs are being considered as a means of ensuring security at schools in Saint Lucia.
“One idea that has come is to look at the canine unit and have canines at schools during the evening,” National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis told reporters today.
He expressed the view that guard dogs can be at the schools when the students are not around.
Francis made the comments while asserting that there is need to beef up security at the learning institutions since, according to him, the days of watchmen are long gone.
“We have to look at security that will take care of students when they are at school and look at the facilities when the children are not at school,” the minister explained.
He said it costs the government a lot of money when schools are broken into, especially when groceries for the school feeding programme are stolen and have to be replaced.
“We are looking at a holistic security component of schools, hospitals and health centres,” Francis told reporters.
The minister spoke against the backdrop of Saturday night’s attack on a Victoria Hospital patient by a visitor who reportedly went to the health care institution with a machete concealed under his clothing.