Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Beausejour Community Strengthens Its Neighborhood Watch Systems

Press Release:- On Saturday 12th October 2019, residents of Beausejour Gros Islet, in response to a recent vehicle theft and attempted arson case in Beausejour, held an emergency Neighborhood Watch meeting to strengthening security measures in their community.

The meeting, organized by the Beausejour Community Group and facilitated by the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (Crime Prevention, Community Relations Branch) was aimed and strengthening community/police relations, and to provide training for community leaders and residents in community policing, surveillance and response, safety and security measures.

Residents in attendance

The Beausejour Community Group over the years, had established an effective monitoring and response strategy in Beausejour, but the recent activities highlighted several areas for strengthening and for immediate implementation.

The session included group discussions, a lecture/training secession conducted by Sergeant Alex Morgan, Corporal Zachary Hippolyte and other officers from the Crime Prevention Community Relations Branch of the RSLPF.

Sergeant Alex Morgan presented the group with pertinent information relating to an effective neighborhood watch, citizens patrol, crime prevention, home and personal property protection, personal safety, analyzing and detecting criminal behavior. 

Corporal Zachary Hipployte provided the group with valuable information from his years of service as a police officer, involved in community outreach.

Over the weekend, Jim Joseph – President, Beausejour Community Group , Terry Goodman,  Lera Celestin  – Beausejour Area Heads and Neighborhood Watch Captains, along with other members of the team began the erection of neighborhood watch signs and other monitoring/surveillance equipment/tools in the area.

The group has taken steps in improving lighting in the community, undertaken debushing exercises along roads in the community, and clearing of overgrown trees in vacant lots to assist with visibility.

Over the next few weeks and months, the community group, with the assistance of the police, will continue the education and training sessions to improve the effectiveness of the Neighborhood Watch Group in the community.

The group will continue to establish an effective communication networks within the community and  between themselves, the police, and other emergency response personnel.

The Beausejour Community would like to publicly thank the officers of the RSLPF for going above and beyond the call of duty to assist the community of Beausejour and by extension the citizens of Saint Lucia.

1 COMMENT

  1. Well done Beausejour. Beausejour has the “village” mentality which is a very good basis for a neighbourhood watch community.

    Other communities affected by the criminal scourge should take note. I am aware that some communities already have a neighbourhood watch in existance – but for the “nay-sayers”, time to “feh unh bagay” (do something).

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