The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has received COVID-19 ticket books and says officers will be out in full force to ensure that the public adheres to COVID-19 protocols.
Dorian O’ Brien, the Officer in Charge of the RSLPF in the absence of Police Commissioner, Milton Desir who is on vacation, said the force had received sufficient ticket books for all the police stations and departments around Saint Lucia.
But he explained that some printing issues still have to be resolved.
According to O’Brien, with the tickets now available the police do not have to take people into custody for breaching COVID-19 protocols, necessitating testing those individuals for COVID-19 to ensure they do not infect the officers.
“You would cut down on the number of arrests and the space that is available to put persons when they are arrested,” he also stated.
“You go to the courthouse to pay the fine, and if not, it is the same format as the traffic ticket – after fourteen days, you receive your summons to come to court, and it will indicate which court you will be attending if you want to contest it,” O’Brien told St Lucia Times.
Fixed penalties for COVID-19 breaches for which tickets can be issued range from $250 to $850.
O’Brien advised the public not to take chances as the police would be rigorous in enforcing the law.
Nevertheless, he explained that officers would exercise discretion in certain instances.
“You may get a farmer, you may get someone who has to take care of their animals, etc., and by all means, you have to allow them to,” O’Brien stated.
However, he warned that the police would not exercise the same discretion with people who believe it is okay to roam the streets during curfew hours.