Former National Security Minister, Doctor Keith Mondesir, has urged the police to go on an aggressive campaign against crime that includes 24 hour patrols in crime hot spots and random searches that will keep criminals ‘busy’.
Mondesir also called for an end to the granting of bail for some offences, including possession of illegal firearms.
He spoke following the murder Wednesday night of a man identified by police as 51 year old Stan Pistol.
Pistol was shot dead in Ralph’s Supermarket in what was described as a robbery at the business place which is situated at the junction of Waterworks and Cedars Roads.
Former Minister, Doctor Keith Mondesir believes that the police must go on an all out offensive against crime.
“You have to go in there doing inspections at any time of the night whenever you suspect that something is going to happen,” he told St Lucia Times.
“You have to be able to go into these houses at any time. You have to have the availability of a search warrant any time you have a suspicion and you keep them busy,” the former minister stated.
Mondesir said he believes in community policing and policing hot spots around the clock.
He asserted that people in the communities know everything that is going on.
The former Minister explained that as a result, the police can be in a position to get the information they require.
“If the police are present in those communities twenty-four seven, people will speak to the police – the police will have a lot of information and I think you will get results,” Mondesir told St Lucia Times.
He recalled that when as Minister of National Security he was in charge of the police, that is what he implemented.
But Mondesir said there has to be a holistic approach to dealing with crime.
He explained that the various measures he outlined cannot be implemented piecemeal.