COVID-19 Wardens Ready For Deployment

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COVID-19 Wardens have received their training and will be taking up duties this week in various communities, ensuring that people comply with COVID-19 protocols.

In making the disclosure, Deputy Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, said the wardens have been given their uniforms and are expected to be on the road from Wednesday.

“We will be assigning them to the various communities,” Desir told St Lucia Times in an interview Tuesday.

A post on Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s official Facebook page says 173 persons from around the island have been selected and trained as COVID-19 Community Wardens with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

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According to the post, the trainees have been receiving instruction from various facilitators in the COVID-19 Prevention & Control Act, Ethics, Effective Communication, Patrol Procedures, Use of Force and Prisoner’s Rights, amongst other areas.

“I look forward to the cooperation of the general public as we work to continue preserving lives and livelihoods amidst the COVID-19 battle,” the PM said.

According to the police, the wardens are both male and female and range in age from eighteen to people in their fifties, some of whom worked in the hospitality industry and as security personnel.

Others were unemployed.

“It is clear that there was some pressure on the police because of the numbers that we had and because of the areas that we had to cover so there was a need for extra help,” says Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry.

In a video dubbed ‘Faces of the Warden Programme’ and posted on the PM’s official Facebook page, Moncherry recalled that the COVID-19 Warden idea came from Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 Command Centre.

“It was brought forward to me and I gladly accepted it,” the Police Commissioner explained.

The COVID-19 wardens are expected to be accompanied on patrols by regular police officers, the police say.

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