Government engaging external partners in fight against crime

Press Release: The Government of Saint Lucia will continue to rally the support of its diplomatic allies, regional partners and citizenry every step of the way, in the fight against crime.

This policy position was recently highlighted on the heels of the signing of a Bilateral Police Co-operation Agreement with Taiwan on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Another long-standing partner that the government will continue to collaborate with is (CIFAD) – the inter-ministerial training center for the fight against drugs based in Martinique.

The French were on island recently, carrying out an intensive training session on the topic ‘Forensics: Scientific and Technical Investigations’. Staff of the Saint Lucia Forensic Science Laboratory and members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, RSLPF benefitted from that workshop.

Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security Senator the Honourable Hermangild Francis attended the closing ceremony of the CIFAD training. He reiterated that partnering with other supportive countries in the fight against crime has proven to be both effective and beneficial to the island.

Medal being presented to Minister

“This time we have partnered again to focus on scientific and technical aspects in crime scene examination” Minister Francis said. “The participants learnt how to utilize scientific approaches to undertake evidence identification, recovery and documentation. They also focused on collecting and identifying impression evidence, biological evidence and using specialized equipment to do so”. 

The one-week CIFAD training also covered areas such as papillary fingerprints, odorology, chemical impression evidence development and crime scene management. The training came to a close with a certificate presentation ceremony for the fifteen trained participants held on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Saint Lucia Forensic Science Laboratory at Tapion, Castries. The entire exercise was covered by French media- France Television.

 

5 Comments

  1. Vibz
    February 6, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Proper training in the forensics is critical to solving crime. The one week session is a start but inadequate. There is a great need for extended and ongoing training. This, with the required resources and community policing should reap dividends.

  2. Really
    February 6, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Sounds good but without a fully functioning forensic lab staffed with qualified, experienced and untainted personnel this is all smoke and mirrors.

  3. Lucian
    February 6, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Excellent comments by Vibz and Really. One week training is just a start but far from enough to expect the type of professional work to bring results. As for the lab it has to come out of the hole it is in. Yes integrity of staff is very important and the real reason for the lab’s closure needs to be thoroughly and decisively dealt with so confidence can be regained.

    1. Vibz
      February 6, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      @Lucian You should be employed in an advisory position on all things relevant to National Security. You sound like a person with an abundance of knowledge and expertise for the aforementioned position.

  4. Appreciated
    February 8, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Come on. Appreciate the effort to curb crime. I was present and the five day, 8 hour training
    a day was intensive and well received. We complain too much. Effort must be acknowledged!!!!

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