Saint Lucia’s Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, Tuesday sounded a warning to persons he described as ‘incorrigible rogues’, as Saint Lucia Sunday recorded 41 homicides for the year so far.
Moncherry told a news conference that the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) will not allow a handful of such individuals to risk the lives of citizens and spoil the name of ‘our sweet Saint Lucia.’
“We will not surrender – we will not retreat,” the Police Chief declared.
“We will take the fight to those rogues and would-be criminals, using every bit of resources available to us,” Moncherry asserted.
“We have talked the talk, it is now time to walk the walk,” he stated at the news conference at which he was accompanied by other top brass of the RSLPF.
Moncherry explained that matters have reached the point where even police officers are being threatened.
He disclosed that there is no guarantee in executing the new plans that the police have to reduce violent crime that there may not be collateral damage.
He called on all members of the public to join in the fight by providing whatever information that is necessary to assist the police.
Moncherry said members of the public can call the hotline – 45CRIME or 4527463.
“It is our business. Saint Lucia belongs to all of us,” he told reporters.
“If we are going to depend on tourism, agriculture and other forms of revenue, we need to ensure that this community, this sweet Saint Lucia, is safe for all of us,” Moncherry said in an opening statement to the news conference.
He extended sympathy to all who have lost their loved ones as a result of violent crime.
The police commissioner stated that it is rather sad and unfortunate that so many lives have been lost through violence.
“One death is too many, far less 41. While some may make negative statements, it must be remembered that everyone is the loved one of someone and there is no justification for killing another unlawfully,” Moncherry told the news conference.
Photo caption: Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry and other members of the executive of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force at the news conference on Tuesday, October 20, 2020