Francis announces national crime consultation

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has announced plans for a one-day national consultation on crime.

“Its a Caribbean phenomenon – all the countries are having an increase in the crime rate,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner told reporters Monday.

“We have to sit down and see how best we can deal with it,” he explained.

With regard to the proposed one-day consultation on crime, Francis said he will be presenting the plan to cabinet.

He disclosed that he wants to invite representatives from several local organisations and will be giving his cabinet colleagues an opportunity to include others.

“Persons like the media will have at least two representatives, the Chamber of Commerce, the Insurance Council, the (National) Youth Council, differently abled people, the LGBT people, the Christian Council – everybody I think that can make a contribution, we will be inviting them to that one-day symposium some time this month,” the minister told reporters.

Francis said the idea for the consultation came from opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre.

“I met him at a football competition organised by the Community Relations Branch a couple Saturdays ago and at that time we talked about it again. He had made the appeal in the House of Assembly and I took note of it and having spoken to him after that, I think it is a very good idea,” Francis observed.




  1. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    November 6, 2017 at 5:08 pm


  2. Anonymous
    November 6, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Hope something actually happens from this

  3. Anonymous
    November 6, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    A step in the right direction. I have advocated for a national symposium on crime for a very long time. The workable ideas gathered from this forum should not be shelved but acted upon expeditiously. When government, opposition, business sector, youth groups, civic and religious organizations work together, the entire country is bound to benefit. When politicians cross the aisle to work with each other, good things happen. Mr. Francis and Mr. Pierre you should encourage your colleagues to do likewise. We can accomplish so much together. God bless!

  4. Anonymous
    November 6, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Great vibes

  5. Come together
    November 6, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    One love

  6. Anonymous
    November 6, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    So since the day, you all still do not have a crime policy but you want a day to talk. f*&*&*y alone with this government

  7. Justice
    November 6, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    One day is not good enough. Shut down the country for at least a weekend. we shut it down for other events including carnival.

    All groups, associations, clubs youth groups, student councils, unions, in fact all persons of goodwill must be there.

    But easier said than done. This must be a very serious exercise with government having the will and commitment to follow through. It cannot be a public relations gimmick to impress.

    But my legitimate political concerns. A sitting government hardly wants to cooperate with the opposition. They perceive it portrays weakness and shows them up. They are seen as relying on the opposition to help them in what they would have claimed they could do. the opposition on the other hand will ahrdly want to cooperate. Why help the government to succeed they think. They will prefer the government to fail so that they can replace them at the next elections. That’s the reality of our petty partisan politics.

    As a sample even as Hermangild maybe innocently believes Pip Pierre wants to cooperate does he Hermangild really believe Kenny ( the real opposition leader) will come to the table.

    1. Anonymous
      November 7, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Would you say the same thing about the Current government when they were in opposition?

  8. Anonymous
    November 6, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Talk talk talk… when young people see politicians and certain people in society…lets not st.lucia criminals are celebrities…just like the politicians they can break laws..without punishment..what you expect..young people will want to… any means necessary

  9. Anonymous
    November 6, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Yep….the Goverment….always the white collie…criminals….no respect for the poor..sucking out blood….bleeding us…so they can live the life that want….but God not sleeping….check your self PM…..before it’s too late….

  10. Anonymous
    November 6, 2017 at 9:40 pm


  11. Patriot
    November 6, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    The subject of crime is an issue for all of us to address. Politics has no place in its address. We the people must take a positive approach and participate in such engagement, applaud the gentlemen for the initiative and encourage all members of our communities to participate leaving negativity to the past.
    This could be a significant step forward in our history.

  12. Anonymous
    November 7, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Lucians you all are being fooled to easily and that’s the main reason we are now in our current mess. One need to go back and search the archives on what precious administration did or attempted to do to arrest the crime situation. By reading the fact one will then conclude without a doubt who actually politicize crime for gains. All of a sudden a crime consultation is a brand new idea because as a supposed to be educated nation we conveniently forget things to fast. My honest take on the crime situation is that the current minister who promised to control crime a few months ago should resign for his failures. In the past other ministers with lower crime figures where were called upon to resign.

  13. Anonymous
    November 7, 2017 at 9:59 am

    ** with lower crime figures were called upon to resign **

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