Saint Lucia police are mobilising resources to deal with an anticipated spike in crime during the Christmas season.
“We have upped our patrols,” Deputy Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, disclosed.
He said the aim is to reduce crime and the fear of crime.
According to the senior police official, the police are conducting joint operations including stop and search activities and random checks.
“Traffic checks will be included,” Desir told St Lucia Times.
Regarding COVID-19 protocols, he explained that the newly appointed COVID ‘rangers’ will be a assisting the police.
Two hundred rangers will complement the existing manpower resources of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
Desir said the rangers will focus on ensuring compliance with existing COVID-19 protocols while the regular police officers will address incidents of crime.
“Generally we will maintain our presence to ensure that criminal activity is minimised,” Desir said.
He expressed the hope that citizen, especially motorists, would cooperate the police as there would be delays in traffic due to police operations.
Headline photo caption: Police at scene of Leslie Land shooting on October 12, 2020.