Minister Says Police Can’t Be Everywhere At All Times

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Against the backdrop of recent recent crime, Saint Lucia’s National Security Minister has said that the police cannot be everywhere.

“Security is supposed to be everybody’s business,” Hermangild Francis said.

He was responding to a question about latest developments regarding a security breach last year at the Government Information Service.

“So the GIS should have employed people to have proper security in their establishment,” Francis told reporters on Thursday.

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He made reference to this week’s armed robbery at S&S in Castries.

CCTV cameras recorded the incident.

“You can see from what’s happening in the video that there wasn’t any security there,” Francis asserted.

“And so we have to start putting our security in place,” he said.

“That is why you have the private security companies – the police can’t be everywhere at all times,” Francis explained.

As a result, he said people must utilise security personnel.

“And these things will stop,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner declared.

In connection with the GIS security breach and in response to a reporter’s question, Francis indicated that the government minister responsible for the agency has to come to cabinet and make a case to the Prime Minister to provide the necessary security.

Francis also observed that ‘nothing is happening’ although videos are circulating in which people are threatening the police and MPs.

“Then you have Talk Show hosts who go on the radio spewing hatred – obscenities and so on and we’re not taking any action,” he noted.

“And sometimes persons want to blame the Minister and say: ‘But Minister, what are you doing about so and so?'”

Francis made reference to the fatal shooting on Grass Street Wednesday night.

Police identified Trinidad and Tobago national, Damian Harris, as the deceased.

But Francis told reporters that the Minister can only assist the police.

“I get some information sometimes, this morning somebody called me, gave me some information and I passed it on to the Commissioner,” he disclosed.

“So that is my job. I have to be able to give the Commissioner the necessary equipment that he wants to perform his job.”

“But the Minister cannot go and investigate a homicide. I cannot patrol areas and say ‘Well, I’m a police,’ I can’t do that,” Francis said.

He explained that there has to be a ‘disconnect’ between the Minister and the police force.

 

 

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