The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is putting new new strategies in place to fight crime, after recognising that the force is not meeting its targets.
“We have reviewed our plans and our strategies and from all indications it would appear that we we have not been able to meet some of our intended targets. As a result, we are putting in place new plans, new strategies,” Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry announced Monday.
Moncherry told reporters at a news conference that the new anti-crime strategies will be “more head on – more aggressive” and targetted.
He spoke as police reported a total of 41 homicides so far for 2018.
The police chief recalled that earlier this year, it was announced hat the plan was to keep the number of homicides ‘at a particular level’.
“That we have not been able to achieve,” he disclosed.
He said there were other targets relating to keeping other serious crimes down to a particular level which the police have not been able to meet.
Moncherry assured members of the public that the police remain committed to their safety and security.
He thanked his ‘hardworking’ officers for the work they have done in the past months.
The Police Chief said that from all indications, it appears that criminals have declared war on the people of this country and by extension, the police.
Moncherry asserted that in ensuring the safety and security of citizens, the police will defend them fully.
He noted that the law makes provision for the level of force to be used in different circumstances.
“If you create the atmosphere and the situation for force to be used, we will surely use force where it is necessary, even if we have to move to the highest level of force provided for in the criminal code of Saint Lucia,” Moncherry declared.
He observed that the time has come to deal not only with crime on the streets and in the ghettos but crime across the country.
“So whether you be in high office, whether you be a law enforcement officer, whether you be a politician, pastor, teacher, priest – the law will apply to everyone,” Moncherry told Wednesday’s news conference.