PWA advocates more police stop and search operations

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.”

11 COMMENTS

  1. That should be a critical block in island policing. When are they going to implement gun laws. Antigua and others are doing it. I guess we are awaiting to shout bodoos when something goes wrong.

  2. Who gives the PWA the right to speak on operational aspects of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force? That is not their remit. They should stay within their lane. Any operational information of the Force should be coming from senior management. The PEA should concentrate on the welfare of the membership and not operational aspects of the force. They are out of order.

    • There is nothing in speaking up and sharing ones views in any organization, as long as it is a positive idea towards solving a problem. Strip and search is an effective way to disarm the criminals and eradicate the guns and drugs off the streets.

  3. Who gives the PWA the right to speak on operational aspects of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force? That is not their remit. They should stay within their lane. Any operational information of the Force should be coming from senior management. The PWA should concentrate on the welfare of the membership and not operational aspects of the force. They are out of order.

  4. Mr Chicot, what is the roll of the PWA?Well excuse me Sir, i am lost.. Sir, we are waiting for the PWA to mobilize it’s members to support the ORC corps and give Jack his jacket, because today is me tomorrow is you. Take hid!

  5. Wow! They actually paying cops to come up with such kneejerk reactions. Of course you should stop and search. Most of those bad boys always strapped. Clean up all those little blocks around town. Anywhere 2 of them gather and start playing music and smoking, problems are sure to follow.

  6. I’m in total agreement with the PWA. There must be a heavier police presence in Castries and hot spot areas. This means more foot and mobile patrols by the police. Frequent Stop &Search operations should be ongoing. Searches of the dwelling places of well known criminal elements should be part of the new initiatives to curb criminal activities. Finally, the present Minister of National Security is so inept that his continued tenure in this most critical position should be a national scandal. This guy does nothing to engender public confidence in his ability to turn around the worrying spate of murders, wounding, rapes, robberies presently plaguing the country.

  7. Caribbean states are always lagging, always behind , always reactive. Caribbean states seem to believe that it cant happen here so they do nothing proactive. It is joke !

    • The complacency in ineptitude in our leadership is amazing. That’s the result of years of corruption and lawlessness and looking the other way. We will never get the cream.

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