Castries Mayor Peterson Francis has blasted the Royal St Lucia Police Force over the apparent lack of police patrols in the City saying that officers are more interested in protecting party-goers than safeguarding the elderly.
The Mayor made the statements Thursday as he presented a quarterly report on the City Police.
He said City Police Officers are working hard to protect Castries but are not receiving any assistance from the Royal St Lucia Police Force.
He said the situation is especially evident when there are cruise ships in Port Castries.
“You look yesterday. Took a walk in town. Only city police and two reserve police. And the whole city is flooded with tourists being harassed, being chased. Everything is happening. Not one police officer in uniform,” Mayor Francis asserted.
The said the situation would most likely have been much different had there been entertainment events taking place, with uniformed police officers providing private security services after those events.
“So my question today. Is the Royal St Lucia Police Force a security company or was designed to protect the citizens of this country?” Francis asked.
He also questioned why police officers should be in uniform while performing private security duties and called for the matter to be investigated.
“Today I want to call on the Commissioner of Police to desist from these special duties. Your responsibility is to the citizens of this country,” he said.
The Mayor added, “I believe it’s time for somebody to test the legality of these things because I cannot see the state having an organization to protect the state and these people are more interested in protecting people who are partying. To protect events.”
He went on to say, “We have old people who have retired from NIC. They’re still paying PAYE to pay our civil servants. These people cannot event walk the street at their age, while we have no police during the day patrolling anywhere in the city.”