SLP Calls Out Government on Crime Situation

SLP Calls Out Government on Crime Situation

PRESS RELEASE:-Whilst the Saint Lucia Labour maintains its long-stated position of not ascribing blame in respect of the cause of criminal activity we are, nonetheless, taken aback by both the island’s alarming rise in criminality and the lack of attention paid in that regard by the government.

The SLP notes in passing that already, with only half of 2017 gone, the number of homicides stands at 29, or just two fewer than the entire year of 2016 where 31 were recorded. Further, the number of other violent crimes are also alarmingly high. Motor vehicle thefts, too, appear to be at an all-time high to the point where just last week we recorded an armed carjacking in broad daylight along one of the country’s most travelled roads.

Robberies and muggings are also on the increase and citizens no longer feel safe traversing even the more populated areas of the city. So emboldened have the thieves become that they are unafraid to openly confront victims whilst robbing them of their hard earned cash and other valuables.

Even though he has publicly acknowledged the country is witnessing “an unprecedented crime wave,” – a statement ironically made at a Police Commissioner’s Parade” no less – the island’s National Security minister has provided no plans to disrupt the current high level of criminality.

The SLP also notes that the very Minister, who whilst in opposition almost daily criticized the Labour Party for what he termed its lack of action on the IMPACS report and had promised to deal with this expeditiously upon assuming office, has one year later done absolutely nothing in this regard. In fact, the Minister is now on record asking nationals to be patient and has also chided the citizenry for always wanting things to be done speedily. He further informed the nation that the matter was not one for the government but instead for the Director of Public Prosecutions. When the Labour Party stated similarly prior to the last General Elections, the UWP, then in opposition, was quick to denounce the SLP. Today, more than a year into office they are echoing the very words stated by the SLP in stating the matter is in the preserve of the office of the DPP.

It is clear the government, if it had any previously, has now run out of ideas on how to handle the criminality which has overtaken our society. We call on the government to stop its pettiness and engage the wider society in an attempt to help alleviate this escalating crime situation.

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10 Comments

  1. Justice
    July 4, 2017 at 4:12 pm Reply

    In all you all observations and notes on crime just remember you all role in IMPACS. St. Lucia’s still biggest nightmare that haunts the police force.

    1. Anonymous
      July 4, 2017 at 4:56 pm Reply

      SMH who was in power when the Killings actually took place? It’s like some of you people has the memory of a goldfish!

  2. R
    July 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm Reply

    oh shut up!

    1. Anonymous
      July 4, 2017 at 4:58 pm Reply

      The Truth hurts doesn’t it?

      1. Anonymous
        July 4, 2017 at 5:07 pm Reply

        Nope…the truth is if they were power they would do nothing too…they are just looking for political points as usual when they in opposition…try to make it look like they can do better they can’t….they had almost 15 years in power and look at our state…

        1. Anonymous
          July 4, 2017 at 5:33 pm Reply

          The UWP is doing the same thing you are accusing the SLP of doing they said they would lower the price of gas, they increasing the tax on it. The said they knew how to handle crime , the murder rate has skyrocketed. So while in opposition the UWP scored political points to get into power.Now in power they cannot deliver on their promises. Also the SLP was in power for one term before losing last year and the UWP has been in power for a longer period than the SLP.So spend the blame according

  3. Anonymous
    July 4, 2017 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Even though he has publicly acknowledged the country is witnessing “an unprecedented crime wave,” – a statement ironically made at a Police Commissioner’s Parade” no less – the island’s National Security minister has provided no plans to disrupt the current high level of criminality.
    which security minister in the world would come out openly and disclose plans to stop criminals. are you guys really serious
    think of it think of what is really being said here disclose plans
    you guys are jokers there is nothing to talk about now all you all efforts with all the noise have just faded away
    now you looking for somthing to be current
    i vouseh

  4. Trump
    July 4, 2017 at 11:08 pm Reply

    Chastenet promised to solve it….the Liar. Chastenet

  5. Anonymous
    July 5, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply

    Why don’t you solve it Trump. The man has only been in office one year. Because of that comment YOU’RE FIRED!

    1. Trump
      July 6, 2017 at 12:11 am Reply

      You seem have an agenda every step of the way…I don’t do bum bum dance so back off fool (Words deleted)

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