Sunday 25 August, 2019

Government taking many steps to improve security

Steps are being taken by the Government of Saint Lucia to expand the staff complement of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and improve the nation’s security.

Plans are already in place to recruit 40 special police officers and elevate Special Police Constables to full-fledged constables through an application process.

National Security Minister Hermangild Francis this week told reporters that border control will be strengthened by changes soon to be made to the Immigration Department. Some of that change includes the introduction of new technologies and expertise in certain areas.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet also spoke on the subject stating that his government is doing all it can do to secure the country. He spoke of government working with the Port of Miami to procure a container and cargo scanner in an effort to halt the entry of illegal arms into the country. Saint Lucia already has a marine radar system for the detection of vessels approaching its shores.

“All the necessary resources, the priorities that have to be given, the protocols that we must do and overcome to be able to ensure that people in this country are secured, all these measures have been taken,” Chastanet said.

The elevation of Special Police Constables will leave a void within that grouping that the police force is hoping to fill by recruiting 40 persons into the fold. They will be present in places within Castries police have dubbed ‘hot-spots’ in the hope that their physical presence would act as a deterrent to criminals to cease from criminal activities.

The goal of the government is to reduce criminal activities by 10 percent this year, something Prime Minister Chastanet said his government is on track to fulfil.

He claimed that the reduction in crime to date is partly attributed to a special task force that patrols the various communities on a regular basis.

National Security Minister Francis said government will do everything within its power to give the men and women of the police force the equipment and manpower to do their job.

In the pipelines are upgrades for a state-of-the-art facility for the police equipped with a new communication system that is connected to 138 CCTV cameras. Improvements to the forensic lab have been made and include the installation of new equipment and the appointment of five new staff members.

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