Castries Mayor Peterson Francis has announced plans to reorganise the City Police Department to tackle organised crime especially in the capital, in cooperation with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
Addressing reporters recently, Francis explained that the ‘reformation’ will match up to crime management strategies.
He said this will include the City Police Emergency Hotline;restructuring of the policing strategies; an increase in skills training for City Police Officers; partnerships and closer collaborations with the RSLPF and increasing the manpower and machinery of the City Police.
“We must recognize that reforms and policy positions work together and therefore, we salute the decision of the Government for legislation which strengthens the role of the City Police,” Francis stated.
He told reporters there’s no no doubt that without the added efforts of the City Police Department, petty crime and other illegal activities in the Saint Lucia capital could have been out of control.
“The reality is that the City Police contribute greatly with many challenges and limited resources,” Francis declared.
He told reporters that the country had another successful cruise ship season with stakeholders reporting no incidents from any of the cruise vessels and their guests during the last cruise season.
In that regard, the Castries Mayor applauded the work of the City Police and members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.
But he made it clear that there must be a balanced approach of prevention plus tough penalties which will send a clear message to criminals.