Desir: Police not afraid to use deadly force

Acting Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, has told the Times that officers of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) are not afraid to use deadly force in dealing with violent crime.

Desir was responding to assertions that police officers, in the wake of the damning IMPACS report on extrajudicial killings by members of the RSLPF, may be hesitant about taking on criminals in the event that a situation may develop where the lawmen use lethal force.

“We are not afraid to battle the criminals,” the Acting Police Commissioner declared.

He observed that there are use of force guidelines in place  that officers will follow and depending on the situation, the law enforcers can resort to lethal force.

“For example, if someone has a firearm and is about to commit an offence with a firearm deadly force may be used,” Desir explained.

He told the Times all that is required in instances where lethal force is used is for the officer to justify his actions.

“We are not afraid to use deadly force once we are acting in accordance with the law,” Desir said.

His comments came against the backdrop of a recent spate of gun violence in Marchand.

The Acting Police Chief said the recent shootings are under investigation.

He disclosed that as the investigations continue, the police have been carrying out snap traffic checks.

Desir also said that because of events in certain areas, the police will be directing resources to specific places.

He urged members of the public to cooperate with law enforcement officers especially by providing information about persons who are known to be involved in the violent incidents.

“If the information is given to the police we will be acting upon it,” Desir told the Times.





  1. troy
    May 24, 2017 at 9:35 am

    if yall are not afraid then why are yall taking so long to head top these ghetto bastards robbing and killing people. execute all of them.

    1. Slim Ross
      May 24, 2017 at 9:44 am

      The police eh really care with dem homicides if was white or green stuff where they can profit from it then yes but badman killing badman over bike awa #notProfitable2dem

  2. Poor People Fed Up!
    May 24, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Mr. Deputy Commissioner,
    Do what you have to do to curtail the number of lives being lost as a result of the increase in homicides this year. This year will definitely be a record year for homicides on the island, let’s do something before it get out of control. Keep up the good work bro!

    Receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

    1. Anonymous
      May 24, 2017 at 11:40 am

      What good work. Those guys are useless!

  3. Dacon
    May 24, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Imagine an eight month old baby girl .. Mary Francis it will hit home one day … Just wait and see ..

  4. Flyer
    May 24, 2017 at 11:38 am

    ………………………………….. you’ll scared of your own shadow (Word deleted)

  5. Anonymous
    May 24, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    If you guys do your jobs professionally, efficiently and effectively there might not even be a need for the use of deadly force. All that is needed to curtail this escalating crime situation in St. Lucia is a well trained and adequately staffed police department.

    1. Anonymous
      May 24, 2017 at 1:41 pm


  6. Anonymous
    May 24, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Here are the steps: 1. Brief Illegal Weapons Amnesty and concurrent heightening of (southern) Border Patrol; 2. Raids of selected buildings in communities with high homicide rate; 3. Form Partnerships with key actors in the community for Negotiation of Disputes and establish a Violence Prevention Programme such as PeaceBuilder’s; 4. Provide scholarships, vocational skills training and, and create jobs including conttage industry cooperataives for community members. 5. Tackle other complex, multifaceted issues, such as facilitating property ownership, organizing a Community Exchange System and providing grants for faith-based community service.

  7. Anonymous
    May 28, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Social issues can be tackled through partnership. However the people being policed have a responsibility. They MUST be willing to work alongside their police. A community is as safe as the citizens desire and demands.