Crime & Social Issues In Saint Lucia Can Be ‘Easily Solved’, Says U.S Professor

Howard University Professor, Edwin Powell, has declared that crime and social issues in Saint Lucia can be easily solved, given the size of the Island and its population.

“Saint Lucia by far is a very small country when it comes to population and when we are looking at crime and looking at other social issues, those are problems that can be easily solved,” Powell told reporters here this week.

“When you are talking about countries where the population is 300 million and you have crime statistics that are disproportionately high, those are places where you may want to scratch your head. But places  like Saint Lucia where it’s small and concentrated, we can make a start here and we can actually create a model for change,” the US academic asserted.

Powell has been working with Saint Lucia police on the issue of human rights and is continuing the collaboration with a focus on poverty and crime.

He agrees that there is a link between poverty and crime.

“Wherever there is poverty you are going to have the lowest performing schools; you are going to have the highest in terms of mental disorders; you are going to have the highest crime rates. That is in itself a correlation between poverty and crime, especially increasing crime rates. It’s not only here in Saint Lucia but it is worldwide,” Powell explained.

He said it is incumbent on legislators to identify the issue and find ways to change that trajectory.

According to the visiting US academic, he will be working with law enforcement and visiting juvenile detention centres and the prison, in a bid to encourage individuals to deal with life by not resorting to crime.

He told reporters that the police can be a conduit for change by being out in the community, investing in them, supporting the youth and showing that law enforcement officers understand human rights.

However Powell observed that first and foremost, the police must uphold the law.





  1. There is a link between greed and crime, not poverty. St. Lucia is a poor country now. 30 years ago it was worse off. Crime 30 years ago is minuscule compared to now.

    • so true. this man dont understand anything. he thinks he has it figured out. in fact recent research, are not convinced about poverty and crime. the poorest people are most humble. they dont committ crime. greedy people with a specific mentality is the problem.

  2. The private sector has been exploiting the work force for decades at the Owen king Hospital Guardsman security company guards are earning 4:25 cents an hour working 12 hour shifts traveling from vieux fort to come and work for thoes security crooks on 51 dollars a day is that not exploitation is that not poverty and the labour department is not doing a thing about that as they are all members of civic groups and masonic lodges

  3. Lol who brought the nigga here to tell us that the problem we have is with the police? He thinks we have “racist” American cops here. Typical American black liberal avoiding the real issue…black culture of single mothers, which is the root of the problem we are facing. I hope y’all not paying mate. choops these damn liberal arts majors know nothing. We need to bring back operation restore confidence and ban single mothers.

    • Stop repeating the crap the PM saying why you not putting pressure on the fathers of those kids.

    • “Just saying” There’s absolutely no way you could have read the entire article and then make the comment you just did.

      Some of you’ll Lucians who get a bly to go foreign should never believe that you’ll are now native of that foreign land.

      Am making a presumption that you grew up in Lucia and now reside in the US.

      Never forget where you’ve come from, drop that ridiculous, idiotic Yankee slang bout n***** and demonstrate you have a brain cell or two

  4. First of all they need to purge the st lucia police force with its bad elements. Then they can curb the criminal activities committed by its citizens. Parents must be held accountable for the actions of those criminals

    • Good luck with that. The people are the ones to hold these politicians accountable. Stop this colour blind nonsense and see who benefits from the divisions.


    The academic has made his contributions, but failed to appreciate that ‘…Legislators only make laws,’ not social policies.

    Agreed on looking at (a) …Causation; and (b) …Solutions.’

    But across the region, and perhaps in other parts of the world, Government officials and policy-makers only look at ‘…Effects.’

    Then when the ‘…people cried out for safety and protection,’ they all hastily run to their Parliaments and make some ridiculous laws, with emphasis on ‘…Stiffer Penalties.’

    Most know or would have been reckless not to know that in ‘…depressed communities’ or as some are commonly called ‘…Ghettos,’ what the society has called ‘…Crime,’ the Sociologists have called it ‘…Survival Strategies’ (devising ways to sustain life).

    In fact, all know, because at election time when they go out into these same communities to canvass votes, they tell voters if they are elected, ‘…Manna will fall from Heaven.’

    They would walk on streets ‘…paved with gold.’ They would do all sorts of things to improve the quality of life.

    To the indigent people, these often resonate well. Then after election, they ‘…catch real hell.’

    Members of these communities live at the edge of poverty.

    There is often ‘…Squatting; …inadequate living accommodation that leads to ‘…improvised building; hazardous sanitary health conditions; …poor education; …lack of employment opportunities; …lack of disposable income; …gangsterism and gang warfare.’

    Legislators and legislation cannot handle these. While the academic remains on the island to work with the Police, he might wish to have audience with the ‘…National Security Minister,’ and direct his attention to these truths.

    See how much he can address these issues that criminal acts would be abated, so that the Police and the citizenry would have less to worry about. Wishing the academic well.

  6. Professor, you either tactfully or in-avertedly omitted the FACT that if crime by our elite and political figures goes unpunished that the populous see that as fair game for them also.

    Crime and corruption from the TOP needs to be dealt with or seen to be being dealt with.

    And that Professor, has never been dealt with from 1979 onwards…

    The police I don’t really want to slag off, yes there is corruption however more importantly (my opinion) the majority of police officers didn’t enter the profession to truly and genuinely make difference.

    They joined for the wage cheque, a lot officers don’t know the laws they are meant to uphold. Police training programme needs to be re-visited.

    Example: slightly intoxicated man already in handcuffs is TKOed by the arresting officer. The fact that the detainee was probably trying to resist arrest or assault the officer is irrelevant. If that officer acted like a true officer should have then an additional charge of resisting arrest and or assaulting a police officer could have been added. If acts like this one carry on then what hope have we got for a good Police and citizen relationship!

  7. Good argument. So, guys, it’s, Corruption, Crime, Poverty, Social Issues, people are paid less than minimum wage? legislation and legislators, Politics, Politicians. Did we leave out Constitutional reform?
    Really the islands as small and “small is beautiful” but can the Politicians see that we need a change from Education to crime prevention.
    People will not resist change if they gain benefits and that is a decent living, safety, good community policing and indeed good citizenship as mentioned by Anon1. Politicians brainwash citizens before an election and when voting is over, the promises are no more. Hold them accountable. The small Island States depends on Tourism so make the laws that will eliminate Crime and Poverty. The must have a relation.
    In relation to single mothers, the fathers should be made to pay (by law) for every child (through the court) they have until the child reaches 16 years of age.
    A child is not a passport for the future. Education and self-esteem. Contraceptives are free in many islands. They need to be educated on STD’s, contraceptives, motivation, self-esteem, and values.

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