The Leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) Therold Prudent has expressed concerned over the recent spike in gun crime in the Marchand area.
Mr. Prudent has called for the implementation of a special policing strategy for Marchand and an investigation into the guns entering the community.
“Hot Spot Policing is required for an indefinite period of time,” he said. “But in meantime, government must also ensure that police officers are equipped with the necessary resources, including appropriate training to ensure the highest level of professional conduct, including improvements in investigative strategies and reporting standards are achieved.”
Mr. Prudent told the Times that the flow of guns into Marchand and other communities throughout Saint Lucia is very troubling.
He wants the government to conduct a full review of the Custom and Excise Department, immigration and port security and other statutory bodies that are responsible for the islands borders in an effort to prevent the importation of contraband, including drugs and guns.
“This out of control culture of gun violence and lawlessness must come to an end, otherwise our nation will continue along this downward spiral which is bound to destroy the existence of peaceful communities throughout St Lucia, and transform our nation into an ungovernable state, Prudent said.
He said the responsibility of ensuring a peaceful nation lies in the hands of the government.
“Our government should begin by hosting a National Consultation on Crime that would allow the people of Saint Lucia to openly voice their opinions and ideas on the many issues which currently affects their lives and makes it harder to eliminate or reduce the crime epidemic in the country,” he added.
He said political parties in this country must come to the deep realization that safety is paramount to achieving our goals of a prosperous and economically stable and viable Saint Lucia.