Saint Lucia has proposed the creation of an organisation resembling the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The proposal came from Prime Minister Allen Chastanet during a CARICOM virtual security conference.
The FBI is an intelligence-driven and threat-focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities. It is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, according to the agency’s official website.
“I t think we should have like, and sorry I am using my American comparison, whether it’s an M (I)5 or an FBI operation for CARICOM that’s a standing police force,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister told the CARICOM security conference.
MI5, is the United Kingdom’s domestic counter-intelligence and security agency.
Chastanet spoke of the ability of the best officers from around the region being able to work in a similar type CARICOM entity.
“The entity being able to come in and help strengthen,” Chastanet stated.
He expressed the view that such a force could help monitor the region since crime is no longer domestic.
“The economic challenges, the social challenges we are going to have in my humble opinion really require us to step up our game,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister told the security conference.
He recalled what he described as a very interesting discussion with the cruise industry this week.
According to the former Tourism Minister, the cruise itinerary will literally have to become one destination, or in essence – a bubble.
He explained that whatever the port of call, each country needs to sign off on protocols and be satisfied that disembarking passengers are safe whether heading to Saint Lucia, Dominica or Barbados.
“We are moving into an even more integrated e-platform to get persons to register, send their electronic certificates and also monitoring where they are going,” Chastanet asserted.
He said the authorities will be able track where passengers have been.
“This is going to help significantly with the policing in the region,” Chastanet observed.
“This is a hole in the region that existed that we can hopefully close,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister told the security conference.