National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis has asserted that the crime situation in Saint Lucia is a grim reminder of the influx of firearms into this country.
“We do not produce firearms in Saint Lucia and yet still we have at least sixteen homicides where firearms have been used,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner said.
He noted that law enforcers continue to work within the limitations that they have and have recovered several illegal weapons.
“I would like to therefore encourage the police to continue their good work,” the minister stated.
Observing that the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force is suffering from the imposition of the Leahy Law, Francis said he was looking forward to a speedy resolution of the IMPACS matter so that the Marine Police Unit and other police departments can perform even better.
He was addressing a ceremony Friday to commemorate the official handover 23 years ago of the Marine Police Unit to locals by British Naval Officers.
The minister said that the Marine Unit will be part of a new organisation – Border Control.
“In that Border Control, I am sure that you will recognise that the Marine Unit will move from just being a Marine Unit to a sort of Coast Guard – so you will be given more boats, you will be given more personnel and your work will be of greater significance,” Francis stated.