The Police Welfare Association (PWA) has advocated more stop and search and patrol operations by the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), but acknowledges that the force has manpower limitations.
PWA President, Travis Chicot, told St Lucia Times that such operations represent one of the strategic objectives of the RSLPF.
“We need to continue to do these things in terms of mobile patrols, checking on the hot spots, stop and search individuals who seem to be loitering – however it is something that we need to maybe increase,” the PWA President stated.
He spoke against the backdrop of the recent outbreak of bloody gun violence on Peynier Street in Castries, during which one man was killed and four others, including a student of the Vide Bouteille Primary school, were injured.
The incident occurred during the afternoon rush hour.
“We have seen that the guys are becoming blatant,” Chicot asserted.
“It is an opportunity for the Welfare Association to call on those young men and women in this country to ask them to put down the gun, and I think it is also an opportunity for the Welfare Association to work on some new initiatives to target some of those young men and create some avenues for them, in terms of reducing crime and alleviating some of the problems they are facing that drive some persons to commit crime.”