The President of the Police Welfare Association (PWA), Travis Chicot, has urged police officers to be security conscious and on their guard, after an incident Tuesday in which one of their colleagues was fired at by a gunman on Riverside Road.
The officer, who was unhurt, returned fire and the gunman fled.
It was unclear whether the gunman was injured.
Chicot told St Lucia Times that the police will continue to provide a service to the people of this country come what may and will not allow criminals elements to ‘push us back’.
The PWA President said the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force will seek to ensure that a safe environment is created in Saint Lucia.
He said criminals should not hold the country to ransom over issues that can be peacefully resolved, an obvious reference to the recent upsurge in gun violence that is believed to be gang related.
“I want to urge the criminals to put down the guns and think of ways in which we can become a more productive society,” Chicot declared.
He noted that the PWA will stand with its members when they ‘take action’, especially in view of Tuesday’s incident on Riverside Road.
“We are saying that it is high time when our members face such a situation, the Welfare Association will stand with them and provide whatever necessary counselling is needed,” the PWA official told St Lucia Times.
“My main message to criminals is to put down the guns. We have lost too many young men through gun violence – we need young men to put down the guns and live productive lives,” Chicot said.
He said the young men should look to ‘the Most High’ whom he described as the ‘Master Solver of all problems.’