Security boss cites difficulty in obtaining licensed firearms

The Chief Security Officer at Top Security Services, Timothy John, wants the authorities here to make the process of obtaining licensed firearms less tedious, asserting that it is sometimes very difficult to obtain firearms when security companies apply.

“The reason why we do not give everybody guns is that sometimes it is a little difficult when you apply for firearms to get firearms,” John said, adding that as a result most times he has to be with his Security Officers.

He asserted that requests are sometimes turned down without explanation.

“The issuing of firearms is not something that they do easily,” John observed.

He expressed the view that with the number of security companies currently operating in Saint Lucia, it should be mandatory that all persons doing escort duties should carry a firearm.

John said it would be up to the police to ensure, once they have information about a Security Officer suggesting that the individual should not carry a weapon, to inform the  security company that employs the person.

John spoke in the aftermath of Tuesday’s fatal shooting of Top Security Services employee, Urias Dwight Compton, 42.

Compton and another security guard were both unarmed when they were confronted by masked gunmen in the vicinity of the Caribbean Cinemas complex, after collecting cash from Domino’s Pizza to deposit in a local bank, it has been reported.

According to a police statement, a private citizen exchanged gunfire with the bandits who fled.

A man who reported to Victoria Hospital with gunshot wounds on the same night was placed under armed police guard and is suspected of having been involved in Tuesday evening’s incident.



  1. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Bro, the Commissioner of Police is not obligated to approve your firearm application. So if you don’t have the tools to do the job effectively then pass it to a company that is better equipped. To ask these guys to do cash escort without the appropriate equipment is criminal.

    The family of the deceased should sue you for not ensuring that your employees who are engaged in risky assignments are adequately armed and also the company which employed you to do their cash escort – for failing to first ensure that you were adequately equipped to do the job, before they hired you.

  2. Anon
    September 7, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    That’s no excuse for sending security officers on cash escort duties without firearms. If you are running a business you need to ensure that your staff are adequately equipped. If you can’t get licensed firearms then do not take cash escort work. I hope the family of the dead man files a law suit!

  3. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Get armed guards to do escorts.we can’t give everyone a fire arm especially these ppl I see they hiring for security

    1. Anonymous
      September 7, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      So True

  4. b
    September 7, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Very True The Family of the Decease should file a law Suit against that Armless Security Company .You the Manager or Boss arm why you didn’t go yourself .You all want to collect all the pay and give the employees petty Cash

  5. b
    September 7, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    There’s other So called Security Companies who do the Same with their Employees Thats just a wake up call

  6. b
    September 7, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    The So called Security Companies with all Ridiculous names Hire any one to do odd jobs and that’s a perfect example

  7. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Yes give every give every Tom Dick and Dorra a gun. That should solve the problem. idiots!

    1. Citizen
      September 8, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Wake up about security soldier. Isnt there a process in getting a business license? Just cut the useless red tape.
      Also there should be a vetting process to get security gaurds.

    2. Anonymous
      September 8, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Most St. Lucians don’t get sarcasm. I suggest you stop using it here.

  8. Mr. Louis
    September 7, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    No security company should send unarmed security officers to do cash escorts. This was very unprofessional of you Mr. John

  9. Bambi
    September 7, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Omg. The guy was escorting cash to bank without a firearm? Unbelievable so why he got in a struggle with the robbers?. Let them take the damn money. Personally his family should sue the employer. That’s nonsense. You cannot ecort cash without adequately protection on these days and age. And for peanuts for pay.

  10. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Guardsman only paying 520 a fortnight 12 hours a day. One day off a week they pocketing all the money

  11. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Wow. How can a security guard assist with cash delivery and he is not armed? Are the security managers really concern about their employees or the large sums of money that they make?.

  12. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 6:20 am

    All you’ll talking about the guy not being armed even if he was would he have time take out that firearm? It’s all well and good to have the gun but when to use it ….thats where you seeing if you have what it takes.

  13. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Top Security Services, I’ve seen how your security officers work… Apart from their dressing being sloppy, your work is also. It was only a matter of time before something like this happened to one of your offices.. unfortunately. You shoul dbe armed and properly trained to do cash escorts… period! If you’re not then dont take the job

  14. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Spot on. while i do believe whoever was transporting the money should have had a firearm on his person, it does not detract from the fact that a firearm lciense in St.lucia is treated as an elitis item.The government of the day, as well as previous administrations, need to truly consider easing up the requirements for a firearm license in the country. A gun permit in st.lucia has taken on an element of elitism which is ridiculous considering the ease at which it appears that criminals can gain access to firearms. instead one has to send an application to the commissioner of police and wait for him to get back to you at his convenience, which is still no guarantee that you will be approved.I understand that we have carried over alot of our laws and customs from the british system but this is just stupid because britain can do a better job of securing their borders and assuring that criminals do not have such easy access to firearms.

  15. Concerned
    September 8, 2017 at 11:53 am

    I was a Security Guard for Sentinel. I worked sometimes 7 days for PEANUTS. I had to escort the young ladies with cash to the bank on the Water Front.
    Not even a whistle or a baton I had.
    The only thing I had for protection was GOD.
    One day I got up and I said my life is more important than that job.
    I never regretted my decision.

    1. Anonymous
      September 8, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Good decision. Sadly however this country is full of desperation.

  16. Give me the strength
    September 8, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Uriaus was a really nice guy. Calm an peaceful he did not possess the aggressive attitude needed for such a crappy job. He was too warm natured for such a working environment

  17. God is still gracious in all things
    September 8, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Yes he was a retired banker I worked with him for twenty years. very kind indeed loving and just cool. I’m not sure why he chose this career several years after retiring from the bank. Perhaps too keep him busy as he always liked to be occupied. He was not daring in personality, committed to everything he did. WHAT A TERRIBLE LOSS, my heart s broken