Saturday, January 19, 2019

LPM Leader Welcomes New Police Anti-Crime Initiative

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The leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has welcomed a new anti-crime initiative announced recently by the police.

The police, admitting against a backdrop of a spike in gun violence that previous initiatives were not yielding desired results, said that a new strategy would be more targetted and ‘head on.’

Recently, Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, recalled police officers from vacation o put more boots on the ground and law enforcement officials have reported several seizures of illegal guns.

“I welcome this new initiative by the Commissioner of Police,” LPM leader, Therold Prudent told St Lucia Times.

He said he believes it is a step in the right direction.

However Prudent said he is concerned about what will happen when the holidays are over and criminal activities continue to escalate.

Prudent, who described himself as being very ‘pro police’, explained that he was not trying to blame law enforcement.

He said he is very supportive of their efforts in a country where police officers are not given the respect and resources they deserve to fight crime.

The LPM leader explained that the country needs an approach to fighting crime  that encompasses more than just the police on the streets.

“It will have to do with a change of attitude and the mindset of our government; a change of attitude in the mindset of our citizens and as long as this does not happen, then I can assure you that the challenges ahead will really be testing for us as a country,” he told St Lucia Times.

“I have always said that when you are fighting crime you need to include the entire community in this process,” he declared.

According to Prudent, unless this is done ‘ we are not going to go anywhere.’

He said his concern is that the entire population has not been included in the fight against crime and citizens do not feel safe enough to join the fight against crime.

 

 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. The department of law and order knows fully well where the hot spots are, where illegal activities occur on a daily basis. So what is preventing them from going in the hot spot areas and conduct searches on a more regular basis. They, the whole day do nothing really. They spend 75% of the time doing their personal stuff. If you are doing the same thing over and over again, how can you expect a different result ? It is obvious the action taken to combat crime for decades have not been working. I recalled, it has been a year now, where I was given a fake managers cheque from and unknown person and to this day not a word from the investigating officers. I gave them pertinent information of one of the individuals who was connected to the fraudulent cheque. The individual is being seen on a regular basis driving around with his dump truck, but the police has yet to make an arrest, not even a phone call to inform me of the progress of the investigation. What is worse than the crime is that the HACKS politicize it rather than coming together to combat it, and I say it is worse because the division on crime will only make the situation worse.

  2. It’s obvious that most Lucians have lost confidence in and respect for the local police. Respect is earned not given . It is imperative that the police act in such a manner as to win the trust of the public. In light of this, Community Policing is a MUST. Additionally , the requisite resources and training are needed for the police to execute their work efficiently and effectively. If these are not done then there will be an endless cycle of deaths and destruction. I detect a willingness by the police to do the right things but my confidence in the government to deliver is extremely low. The current administration has lost its moral authority to govern. The presence of Ubaldus in Cabinet is an indelible stain on the country.

  3. It is very sad to see most Saint Lucians don’t support the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force! Oh this is truly sad, the police efforts, are failing, because of public’s lark of interest!

    • I disagree that the police fails because of lack of interest by the public. the public lacks interest in the work of the police because of past history.To think of a small country of only 238 sq.miles and a mere 180,000 people, how difficult it is to find the criminals and their areas of illegal activities. The reason is that the police are doing the same thing combating crime over and over and expecting a different result.

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