Press Release:– Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet said recently that government is inching closer to reaching the targeted 45 percent reduction in serious crime by 2022.
The prime minister said a holistic approach to tackling crime is needed, which includes improving surveillance methods, increasing the police presence in problem areas, and upgrading the country’s judicial system.
During a recent pre-cabinet press briefing, Prime Minister Chastanet revealed that some $11 million will be spent to install CCTV cameras within the City of Castries. Government will also strengthen the police presence in “hotspot” areas, in an effort to improve crime prevention and detection.
Meanwhile, the prime minister indicated that the judicial system needs a multi-tiered approach that would require more time. In the government of Saint Lucia’s Medium Term Development Plan, citizen safety has been earmarked as a key area needing urgent attention.