PM:’ We Have Worked Hard To Get To This Point!

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has hailed Friday’s announcement that the United States will restore support to some Saint Lucia police units, halted in 2013 over concerns related to alleged extra-judicial killings here by security forces between 2010 and 2011 during Operation Restore Confidence.

“This is good news for our country and our police. The relationship between the United States and Saint Lucia is a strong one and we continue to work closely on national, hemispheric and global issues,” Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page.

“We have benefited greatly from programming in a variety of areas and look to collaborate on issues of mutual interest such as disaster mitigation and resilience and education. Specific to security, we are pleased to learn of the opportunity for units within our police force to access training, including our marine and immigration units,” the PM stated.

According to Chastanet, access to the Caribbean Basin Security Basin Initiative and other programming of US government security agencies, including Southern Command, will allow for, amongst other things, the effective roll out of the border security agency that is being established.

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He explained that  fundamentally, the revision of a blanket policy that denied Saint Lucia law enforcement personnel access to US funded training is welcomed and a step in the right direction.

Chastanet asserted that his administration will continue to provide all of the support necessary to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), which is charged with investigations into allegations of wrongdoing.

“We are also committed to providing all of the necessary support to our law enforcement professionals charged with keeping us all safe,” he disclosed.

“As an administration we have showed this commitment in many ways and Citizen Safety remains our top priority,” Chastanet declared.

In this regard, he mentioned a number of initiatives that have demonstrated that commitment.

They included providing the Marine Unit with the necessary capacity to patrol, secure, rescue and support regional initiatives, recently obtaining twelve new engine for sea vessels for the marine unit and procuring  an additional six police vehicles .

“We have been repairing our police stations to enhance the working environment,” Chastanet added, while noting that the CCTV initiative continues to be rolled out to improve the surveillance capabilities.

“As I have mentioned before our police headquarters construction is a priority. We have also seen the success and advancement of the work of our Forensic Laboratory,” he observed.


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