Saint Lucia police have vowed to continue their campaign against criminals and do what it takes within the law to take persons who commit crime into custody.
The declaration was made earlier this week by Acting Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, in an interview with MBC Prime News.
Desir told MBC television that the police have their short, medium and long term plan to address the crime situation.
“We have seen results – actually from the time it was launched we have recovered firearms and ammunition,” Desir stated.
“Actually for our short term plan it is being executed and we are seeing, I would say, a great reduction in our serious crimes – which are the homicides,” he stated.
“We the police believe that this is one of the issues we need to target because the public – the fear of crime is something that the public is concerned about and sometimes it is said that the fear of crime is worse than the crime being committed in itself, because persons would say ‘When next?'” the Acting Police Chief explained.
He stated that notwithstanding instances where people believe they can threaten law enforcement officers who are doing their work, that will not be accepted.
“They will do what it takes within the law to bring these persons into custody,” he asserted.
Desir said illegal firearms are a source of concern to the police.
He disclosed that the police are trying to get the illegal guns off the streets, although law enforcement is aware that it cannot get rid of all the illegal guns.
The Acting Police Commissioner spoke of the need to strengthen Saint Lucia’s borders to prevent the trade in illegal guns and get information about the location of the weapons.
“This information when we get it, we will act upon it,” he told MBC Prime.
“I must say we have received certain information – firearms have been recovered,” he noted.
According to the senior police officer, the government has approved some rewards for persons who give information leading to the recovery of illegal guns.
“That reward it would range – depending on the information given and the type of firearm recovered, it may range from $3,500 to $5,000 where credible information is given and the firearms are recovered,” he revealed.
“Persons will remain anonymous and it is only from the Commissioner’s office that these persons would be dealt with,” he told MBC Prime.