Guard dogs for Saint Lucia schools?

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.


  1. Anonymous
    March 6, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    This is a stupid idea.

    ones of those the dogs will get loose and children will find a way to trouble the dogs.

  2. Anonymous
    March 6, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    But the children will not be there, because the dogs will be engaged after the children have gone home in the evening. You didn’t read that?

  3. Anonymous
    March 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    All kinds of things to fire people. So the days of security guards are gone. You will fire them and hire dogs. What do they do to feed their families now? Steal, I guess!

    Insensitive, wicked, unconscionable government.

  4. Anonymous
    March 6, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Who go fence the schools so the dog can move about. Who go pick up after the dog. How many schools we have and how many dogs you go need

  5. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Chuups tan

  6. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 9:41 am

    That is stupid hire more people what about the hospital all you all want is money to put in you all pocketa am sick of this goverment nowcheck victoria hospital no doctor you dying there

  7. Yep
    March 7, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Use them to sniff out those with drugs on them…that’s a problem too…the same security guards can be trained to train the dogs to protect the property of schools.
    Try something instead of nothing.

  8. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Frances why the government cant help better train the security guards along side the police force and implement CCTV on these sites.Also change the way people enter the hospitals by changeing the entrances. The security guards should have shot that person in the leg.

  9. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Days of guard man are gone flavian vitalis better known as radics of anse LA Raye please tell him to bring my money for me or i will go to the police for him

  10. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 10:51 am

    People wii still be employed to handle the dogs. The dogs will represent a strengthening of the security plan, and not a replacement. Dogs, on their own, cannot secure a school.

    1. Anonymous
      March 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      I thought that point was obvious to all

  11. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Boy, oh boy! Looks like the sinister is already running out of ideas! LOL!

  12. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 11:01 am

    PS. “minister.”

  13. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Are there guard dogs inside the forensic lab?

  14. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 11:09 am


  15. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Should a private security firm be hired to secure the police canteen.?

  16. Young mind
    March 7, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    At least this is an idea to consider. People criticize yet have no positive contribution to make. You do not like the guard dog idea, then suggest one.

  17. Cabbie
    March 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Best idea , that I’ve heard in a long time.

    Dogs are:

    not racist
    cheap workers(bowl of kibbles)
    ready to work, anytime
    no need to worry about pay raises and union strikes

    Nothing but good news from an idea like this. GET ON WITH IT! DO IT!

  18. Anonymous
    March 8, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I am not sure that Guard Dogs is the solution to the problem. The reason being dogs in St Lucia are not treated kindly to say the least. When people tire of them they neglect them and they soon become strays and suffer terribly due to starvation, especially. SLAPS (St. Lucia Animal Protection Society) talk about cruelty to dogs in this country all the time. The two ladies are working extremely hard to rescue abandoned dogs every day. Please do not add to their workload.