Police discuss crime strategy with business community
With Christmas quickly approaching and the apparent increase in criminal activities and attacks against business houses, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force has embarked on a community policing campaign discussing and highlighting security and safety.
According to Deputy Commissioner of Police Milton Desir, residents and the business community expressed concerns about the level of crime and have embarked on the campaign in efforts of reducing criminal activity.
Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, Milton Desir
“We have realized that with crime, one of the ways of solving crime is involving the community, the police cannot do it all,” Desir stated.
The senior officer says according to police statistics reports, the majority of crimes occur in the various communities and for that reason; it is of paramount importance to have a relationship with community members.
“That’s where the crimes occur, in the homes, on the fields and so on. These people, we believe that these people, they have some information that is useful to us and also some resources that we could tap into in order to make the police work more easier.”
He says the response has been overwhelming from the business community who flooded the conference room of Cocoa Creole Thursday afternoon, eager to participate in the discussion of the day.
Director of Performance Management and Delivery Unit, Sharon Gardner-Hippolyte addressing business community
“Actually persons they are happy we are coming to them and to improve the communication between the police and the public.”
Desir hopes that following the various meetings, the RSLPF can come up with a plan suitable for all parties, moving into the Christmas season. The next session takes place on December 9 at the Gros Islet Human Resource Centre for residents in the north of the island, from Mega J to Cap Estate.