The government has already secured the services of Israeli soldiers as well as British and American police, and Commissioner Francois says the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) will work with all genuine partners to arrest the problem.
“Any help that we can get in policing on St Lucia is welcomed. We are prepared to work with individuals and groups with varying experiences that may provide an opportunity for us to share resources. As police commissioner, I am in favour of any indication of cooperation,” he said.
Home Affairs and National Security Minister Guy Mayer thanked local lawmen for the work they’ve done and the successes they’ve had over the past few months and assured them that although foreign help was being sought, the Force had the government’s continued support in the fight against crime and to keep St Lucians safe.
“We have to be tackling the issue of crime from different angles because even while we pursue the criminals and take a no-nonsense approach to dealing with them, we also have to concentrate on crime prevention issues,” he explained.
Prime Minister Stephenson King added that the assistance of the international partners would serve to beef up the capabilities and expertise of the Force to deal with mounting crime on the island.
“Crime has no colour, no policy and no political allegiance. Crime is about us and the seeds that we planted which we are reaping today. As a government our commitment is to put all the necessary resources in place to deal with the situation and ensure that we bring control to crime in the country. We have employed more police officers and have also provided more resources. We have now engaged the assistance of the Israelis, Americans, and the British, to assist us in dealing with the situation,” he said.
The cooperation with law enforcers from Israel, the US and Britain will also involve overseas attachments.
The local law enforcement officers are continuing their own efforts to fight crime in the meantime. On Monday the management and hierarchy of the RSLPF presented a progress report and a proposal plan to the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Crime and Security.