Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has asserted that citizens should have admiration for the police as they continue to patrol the streets, in the knowledge that criminals may have high powered weapons in their possession.
He was responding to a question from a reporter Thursday on the subject, following reports that Sunday’s fatal shooting in Wilton’s Yard likely involved high calibre guns.
The PM said the weapons are smuggled into Saint Lucia from multiple sources.
Chastanet said the fact that officers are still patrolling the streets should tell people the admiration they should have for the law enforcers.
“If we all think that and know that, then supporting your police is very important,” he explained.
The Prime Minister asserted that there is need for a change of attitude in this country so that crime is not tolerated.
“It can’t be just about the government having no tolerance to crime. People must recognise that when you don’t pass on information, then you are cooperating and participating in that crime,” he explained.
According to Chastanet, it was not an issue of feeling sorry for someone.
“This is undermining our overall society,” he declared.
He said his goal is to reach the point where Marchand and other places which are known as high crime areas are as safe as anywhere else.
But he said this would require the support of everyone.
“My role as a Prime Minister is to make sure that the resources and the laws are there to help support quick justice and that is exactly what we are working on,” the PM explained.