A personal safety handbook providing tips to citizens on how to reduce the possibility of being victims of crime was launched Friday at the headquarters of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
The publication is the brainchild of Acting Inspector of Police, Shervon Matthieu of the Babonneau police station.
Matthieu explained that the publication provides tips on personal safety in the home and workplace, while driving in one’s personal vehicle and when using public transportation.
He said the handbook also outlines measures to protect oneself from debit and credit card fraud.
“It has health and safety tips for persons as well,” Matthieu told St Lucia Times.
“I believe that it is very important to sensitise persons about personal safety because in today’s world, the way the crime rate is going up, we have to employ proactive rather than reactive measures,” he stated.
Matthieu observed that over the years as a police officer, he has seen and become aware of numerous incidents involving civilians that could have been minimised through the practice of personal safety.
In July 2015 he began a public awareness initiative on preserving a crime scene.
It was an effort to reduce the loss of critical evidence and protect the health and safety of civilians.
The campaign took the form of radio and television interviews, visits to schools and the distribution of bookmarks with simple tips on protecting crime scenes.
Matthieu, who credits his mother – Agatha Matthieu for his personal development, described that initiative as a ‘tremendous success.’
The 2015 RSLPF Sergeant of the Year disclosed that as a result, he decided to take his efforts further with his personal safety handbook, 625 copies of which will be distributed free to members of the public.
The printing of the publication was funded by the Saint Lucia Civil Service Credit Union and the RSLPF.
The cover was designed by Ted Sandiford.
The author, who has won several awards for his performance on the job, has expressed his gratitude to Almighty God, Police Commisioner Severin Moncherry, Forensic Scientist, Fernanda Henry, Elijah Anatole, Olive St Ville and Vanya Pilgrim of the Civil Service Credit Union and the Accounts Department of the RSLPF