Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, has urged members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) to defend themselves fully if confronted by criminals, but at the same time act professionally at all times and ensure they act within the law.
Moncherry, who is currently in Ecuador on official business, made the comments to St Lucia Times in response to an audio recording of a very agitated man whom police described as being well known to them.
In the recording, the man can be heard abusing the police with a barrage of expletives and issuing threats in Creole and English.
At one point the man can be heard saying in English: “I just giving all them little fellows guns.”
At 8 minutes and 23 seconds into the audio recording, he says in creole:
“The Devil! Before Christmas you will see the devil.”
Then in an obvious reference to some of his associates, the man said:
“I am giving each of you a gun in your mother (expletive). They will see the devil in their mother (expletive).”
Later in the recording the man says: “Don’t worry. Don’t worry. Your hands go be full for the Christmas in your mother (expletive).”
Reliable sources told St Lucia Times that the audio recording was made as law enforcement officials went to investigate a report of stolen property in Vieux Fort earlier this week and requested that the male individual account for items that were in his possession.
“I take it as a very serious threat which I will speak to DPP about. Let me make it clear that I will not condone any such action. I will stand fully by my officers,” Commissioner Moncherry said in response to the threats against his officers.
“Police officers are urged to defend themselves fully if confronted. There is no guarantee that there will not be collateral damage if anyone launches any attack on the Police. Any such attack will not be just on an individual officer but on the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force,” the top cop told St Lucia Times.
“Any such person or group should expect to face the full force of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. Notwithstanding I urge my officers to act professionally at all times, respect fundamental rights and freedoms and ensure their actions remain within the parameters of the Law,” Moncherry stated.