The sheer number of Saint Lucians who ignored warnings to stay at home during the national shutdown due to the approach of Tropical Storm Dorian hampered the ability of the police to enforce it, it was announced Tuesday.
The police had warned in a statement Monday that violators of the shutdown would be detained.
“We tried to the best of our ability to enforce the laws, however in some cases it was not possible because of the number of persons you had on the streets as it related to having a place to accommodate them,” Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry explained.
He told reporters that in most instances police asked the violators to clear the streets and get to safety.
However the Island’s top cop expressed the view that this time around, citizens comported themselves much better than in the past.
“People took heed but we still had a few who did not,” Moncherry stated.
He disclosed that he had received a report of one break in on Bridge Street, Castries but did not at the time have all the details.
Moncherry said that an assessment was ongoing and the information would be revealed in due course.
He told reporters that no officers were recalled from leave, but leave was cancelled for the Marine Unit and the Special Services Unit.
“I wish to commend them for a great job and thank them for leaving their homes during a time when everyone wants to be with their family,” the Police Commissioner told reporters.
Moncherry said they were on patrol all through the night.