Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, has expressed alarm at an incident Tuesday in which a gunman opened fire at a police officer on Riverside Road.
The officer,who was not injured, returned fire, but it was unclear whether the gunman who fled the scene, was hit.
“It is very alarming and concerning to me when I hear that young people will fire at the police,” Moncherry told St Lucia Times.
He said he wanted to send a clear message that police officers, like any other citizen, have a right to defend themselves.
The top cop observed that the law outlines what force can be used in specific situations.
“In some cases, that can result in death,” Moncherry noted.
He declared that he will not sit by and allow criminals or would-be criminals to attack his officers and support it in any way.
Moncherry told St Lucia Times that he understands that members of the public would be concerned.
However he gave the assurance that the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) will continue to do its best to ensure that citizens and visitors are protected.
The Police Commissioner explained that since taking up his position, he decided to adopt a zero tolerance regarding crime.
“It begins with the small ones – I don’t know if you are aware of the ‘broken window’ theory: If you do not attend to the very small offences, then you may have a problem with bigger crimes,” Moncherry explained.
“What we are going to do in the coming weeks is to ensure that we deal with every offence whatsoever, so we are going to adopt a zero level tolerance to crime on the whole,” the Commissioner explained.