The Saint Lucia government has announced plans to intensify efforts at crime prevention and confidence building, by increasing the numbers in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.
The announcement came from Governor General, Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac in parliament Tuesday.
He was delivering the Throne Speech on the occasion of the fourth session of the 11th parliament of Saint Lucia.
Cenac spoke of providing training in critical new areas such as human trafficking and the handling of vulnerable persons, as the country improves capacity to combat organized crime.
“The use of CCTV cameras will modernize crime fighting while an enhanced communication system will improve response time and improve coordination among agencies of the police force,” he told parliament.
He observed that all members of the public can play a role in fighting and preventing crime.
“ My Government will continue to support Community policing and we urge every citizen to respond to the call to set up more neighbourhood watch groups and work in collaboration with the Police Force to reduce crime in your respective communities,” the Governor General stated.
He explained that the matter of recidivism must be addressed.
According to Cenac, too often, people leave prison and, with no support to find stable employment or a safe personal life, they fall back into criminal behavior.
“My Government proposes the introduction of a parole system which will assist in the early release of prisoners and their reintegration into the community with the support of specially trained parole officers. The requisite legislation exists and effect will be given to it,” he disclosed
The Governor General observed that numerous studies undertaken into the relationship between prosperity and security lead to one, clear inference that all endeavors to achieve economic prosperity would be futile, unless appropriate action is also taken to safeguard people’s lives and property.
“In this sense, the old Moroccan maxim, “security before bread” could not be more apt,” he declared.