The Gros Islet Police station Tuesday distributed hampers to the less fortunate in the community.
The initiative was made possible through ASP Elvis Thomas and Acting Inspector Shervon Matthieu who are currently in charge at the station, in collaboration with the Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association (SLHTA).
ASP Thomas asserted that some in the community are not working while others are single parents.
“We just want to show appreciation for them, letting them know that they matter to us and are part of our family,” he explained.
Thomas said the police want people to know that they care and are not only about law enforcement.
“We care about people and want to reach out to them,” he said.
Thomas thanked Massy Mega, St James’ Club and Baron Foods for providing supplies for other hampers, in addition to the 40 provided through the Tourism Enhancement Fund.
The Tourism Enhancement Fund is an initiative where visitors at various hotels make monetary contributions that go towards various community initiatives.
Under the leadership of ASP Thomas and Acting Inspector Matthieu, Gros Islet police have been reaching out to persons in the area they serve in a bid to build partnerships and fight crime.
They recently organized a series of community consultations with business people and residents to discuss ways of reducing criminal activity in Gros Islet.
Matthieu has been behind the production of books and videos on crime fighting and protecting oneself against criminals, as well as anti-crime community activities, one of the most recent being a march in Soufriere against crime and clearing areas of the community of bush to deprive criminals of hiding places.