The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has called on citizens to play their part in ensuring their security.
“Acts of criminality continue to plague our peaceful and beautiful Island. We must all play our part to contribute to our own security,” ASP Troy Lamontagne of the Special Services Unit (SSU) asserted in a Christmas message amid an upsurge in violent crime resulting in a record number of homicides for the year.
“Always have full awareness of your environment and always be in total control of your actions. Do not allow emotions such as anger and substances such as alcohol and narcotic drugs to diminish your level of control,” the senior police officer said.
He asserted that serious and organised crime poses a formidable threat, and COVOD-19 is no less.
“The number of deaths in both cases make a convincing argument. Our way of life, even our survival is being adversely affected. Existing with COVID-19 does not mean that we should take risks which would result in us becoming ill or dead,” Lamontagne stated.
In this regard, he urged people to wear their masks, maintain a safe distance and numbers, and sanitise regularly.
Lamontagne said business and homeowners are called to a higher standard regarding adherence to the law at their events and on their premises.
“Always do the right thing,” he urged while advising citizens to continue adhering to the law while spreading feelings of joy and happiness.