Saint Lucia’s Police Commissioner has told twenty-five school security guards who were sworn in this week as Special Police Constables, that they should enforce the law without fear, favour or prejudice.
“There is nothing like ‘I am not going to act because this person is is my sister; this person is my brother; this person is by aunt; this person is my ‘nen-nen’,” Severin Moncherry declared.
He said the law must be enforced irrespective of who is involved.
Moncherry also warned the Special Police Constables that they should not use whatever powers they have for personal gain.
“Be professional in all you do and enforce the law,” he said.
Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Department Of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations, Michelle Charles, who was also present at the swearing in ceremony, explained that school security has become a source of major concern.
“We realise of late that our schools are being targetted,” Charles observed.
She noted that there have been a number of thefts and some security officers have been ‘critically injured’ on the job.
“It is paramount that we provide our officers with the kind of training that will allow them to perform their jobs effectively; also to allow them to protect themselves and school property,” Charles explained.
She revealed that the 25 officers who were sworn in this week represented the first batch that has been trained as Special Police Constables.
“We are very proud of them and we are hoping to continue the training to enhance their skills to allow them to function better on the job,” the senior Department of Education official said.