Saint Lucia Minister Suggests Cash For Informants In Fight Against Crime

Informants could be in the money if Saint Lucia’s National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, his his way.

“I am going to roll out a plan – we want the informants, persons who know people who have firearms; give that information to the Commissioner of Police or to myself as the minister and we are going to compensate them when those firearms are found,” Francis told Hot 7 News Tuesday night.

The former Deputy Police Commissioner spoke against the backdrop of an armed robbery on Sunday of a Chinese restaurant on Brazil Street by two young men, one armed with a knife and the other with a handgun.

The robbery at the Sea Town restaurant was caught on tape and the  CCTV footage was released on social media.

Francis issued a warning to young men who engage in such criminal acts.

“I want to tell these young people that there’s a song that says that a lot of the young people that are doing these crimes are poor. So I would advise them to sell the guns. Bring the guns in and get money for it instead of using the guns to go and do the nonsense that they are doing there,” the minister told Hot 7 News.

“They are going to get hurt,” he warned.

He explained that there could have been a trained civilian or police officer in the restaurant on Sunday hen the armed robbery took place and the two intruders could have died.

“It is not going to end well. They may be successful on on or two occasions, but eventually they will get killed and it is not worth it,” he told Hot 7 News.

“I am asking those young persons to stop getting involved in criminal activities – those brazen acts of criminality because there is going to be reprisals for them.”

Francis said once the police carry out their duties lawfully, they have his backing.

He declared that there are individuals in Saint Lucia who do not want to work and want easy money, using any means necessary to obtain cash.

The former law enforcement official observed that the Criminal Code of Saint Lucia gives the police and every citizen the right to defend themselves and stop crime.

He also noted that the law allows for the use of deadly force.

11 COMMENTS

  1. I endorse this idea. Not just for firearms, but for providing information that result in an arrest when crimes have been committed. We just need to make sure that these people are protected when they come forward, which i suspect is the main reason many people choose not to.

    And there are many crimes other than gun possession that we should focus on, like those robberies which have left so many people in this country traumatized and on edge (which do involve guns). If you know that your brother or pardna robbed somebody’s house the night before or stole a car etc., the enticement of a cash reward may encourage persons to come forward.

    So this should be put into place as soon as possible.

  2. Mr Francis, please do yourself and your credibility a favour when speaking.

    You want them to give you the information, you are no longer a Commissioner. Why didn’t you just leave it as you want them to give the information to the Police full stop.

    “So I would advise them to sell the guns. Bring the guns in and get money for it instead of using the guns….”

    Are you saying that on top of cash to informants (not a bad idea) you’re going to pay the criminals if they hand their guns in!

    The youth are engaging in criminality because they see our politicians doing the same and getting away with it.

    Prime example: accusations of bribery by one Minister to another – confirmation of that bribe by the PM (at the time) was made, disclosing another bribe by the Minister to the PM (at that time)

    Two bribes, one to a Minister who reported to the PM who then disclosed he was also bribed or attempted.

    Is that crime being investigated, what was the outcome!

    • Your post is spot on. Gun amnesty gives criminals more money to buy better guns. That’s a waste. Paying informants is standard but who protects them from reprisals? Criminality and lawlessness permeates in every level of this country. Everyone turns a blind eye because they don’t expect the authorities to stop it. This is merely the chickens coming home to roost. It will only get worse. The authorities need to start enforcing the laws. From the most insignificant like urinating in public to the most stringent.

      • I totally agree with all that you have submitted. The Minister of National Security should have been removed from his present post long time ago. They need to do the hard word and put the necessary mechanisms and resources in place. Frequent foot and mobile patrols, adequate resources, improved intelligence gathering techniques, crime scene protection, modern forensic lab, community policing and ongoing training for all police officers should be implemented . Only hard work and determination will do it. There is no easy way out.

      • EVEN IF PEOPLE INFORM …THE POLICE DON’T GIVE A FLYING HOOT ABOUT CRIME. IMAGINE I LIVING CAS EN BAS. I AM A SINGLE MALE BUT STILL THERE ARE GUYS HOLDING FIREARMS EVEN PUTTING THEM IN THE OLD DERELICT VEHICLES TO HIDE THEM I HAVE CALLED THE GROS ISLET STATION LIKE 5 TIMES ABOUT THIS. THEY HAVE NEVER COME OR THEY NOT COMING WHEN I CALLED AT THE TIME DEM MHUN WAS THERE. THE IDIOTS WANT TO SAY THEY WILL PASS ALL WHEN THE FELLAS THAT HAVE DI GUNS MOVE ALREADY. I AM IN MY FIFTIES SO AND I LIVE HERE FOR LONG WE HAVE NEVER HAD THIS IN CAS EN BAS TRIMS THERE . THE POLICE WELL NEED TO FIRE YOU SEE THEM THERE. WELL BUNCH OF USELESS JOKERS..COMING AND DO PATROL WHEN THE GUYS NOT AROUND ON THEIR OWN TIME. I THINK IS OSSIMO THAT TRAIN THEM CARELESS OFFICERS. THEY EVEN HAVE 3 POLICE LIVING THERE I SURE THEY EVEN KNOW THE GUYS HAVING GUNS THERE NONE OF THEM EVER DO NOTHING ABOUT ITSTILL TOO YEAH

  3. Haha, thats a laugh , i have witness a situation where someone assisted police and is now being harassed by thugs, the officers response when ask by family member about the situation was “If the person who assisted them can rat out the person , they can also do the police the same” that almost threw me down. Mr. minister with or without funds people will assist , its what happens after. So stop looking out there and focus on getting the corrupt officers out.

    “we all have freedom of speech, but freedom after speech , that is not a guarantee to you”

  4. you speak as though you don’t know where the guns are
    Every ghetto has guns and you know that, just comb these places on a daily basis
    Keep these criminals busy

  5. How about an anonymous hotline to report crime, you would get a lot more information then, as it is,I would be worried about telling the police, as I personally don’t trust them not to drop me in it.

  6. EVEN IF PEOPLE INFORM …THE POLICE DON’T GIVE A FLYING HOOT ABOUT CRIME. IMAGINE I LIVING CAS EN BAS. I AM A SINGLE MALE BUT STILL THERE ARE GUYS HOLDING FIREARMS EVEN PUTTING THEM IN THE OLD DERELICT VEHICLES TO HIDE THEM I HAVE CALLED THE GROS ISLET STATION LIKE 5 TIMES ABOUT THIS. THEY HAVE NEVER COME OR THEY NOT COMING WHEN I CALLED AT THE TIME DEM MHUN WAS THERE. THE IDIOTS WANT TO SAY THEY WILL PASS ALL WHEN THE FELLAS THAT HAVE DI GUNS MOVE ALREADY. I AM IN MY FIFTIES SO AND I LIVE HERE FOR LONG WE HAVE NEVER HAD THIS IN CAS EN BAS TRIMS THERE . THE POLICE WELL NEED TO FIRE YOU SEE THEM THERE. WELL BUNCH OF USELESS JOKERS..COMING AND DO PATROL WHEN THE GUYS NOT AROUND ON THEIR OWN TIME. I THINK IS OSSIMO THAT TRAIN THEM CARELESS OFFICERS. THEY EVEN HAVE 3 POLICE LIVING THERE I SURE THEY EVEN KNOW THE GUYS HAVING GUNS THERE NONE OF THEM EVER DO NOTHING ABOUT ITSTILL TOO YEAH

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