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.