Saint Lucia’s Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir has disclosed that Special Service Unit (SSU) officers will be sent to Soufriere, amidst concerns over a spike in gun violence there.
He explained that there will be a ‘dedicated team’ of SSU officers dispatched in the coming weeks to Soufriere until the situation is under control.
Desir made the disclosure while announcing that two individuals have been arrested and charged in connection with recent gun crime in the community.
He did not go into details.
The Acting Police Commissioner’s remarks to reporters Thursday follow a July 3, 2020 meeting in Soufriere during which rival groups pledged to keep the peace.
The meeting was organised by the MP for the area, Herod Stanislas.
Attendees included the Soufriere police and religious and community leaders.
The Acting Police Commissioner said officers have increased patrols in Soufriere.
He explained that once there is an increase in criminal activity, the police would shift resources to that particular area.
“Let me assure the residents of Soufriere that we will be dealing with the incidents head on and that is why two persons have been arrested and charged,” Desir stated.
He warned that possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition is a serious offence and the police will be doing all they can to find them and get them off the streets.