Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry has announced an increased police presence on St. Lucia’s streets following a recent spike in criminal activity, including of a number of attacks on businesses. While police generally anticipate an increase in certain categories of crime around this time of year, recent occurrences appear to have worried the lawmen enough that several officers had their vacation leave suspended in order to respond to the situation
The island will have a bigger police presence on the streets as part of a new tactic by law enforcement designed to tackle the recent spike in gun violence and other criminal activities.
The city has seen a string of shootings in recent weeks which have claimed at least three lives and left others nursing injuries
Commissioner Severin Moncherry says police officers are more than capable of handling the crime situation on island and do not require outside assistance. He says they will leave no stone unturned to ensure the safety of citizens.
Additional new strategies will be put in place to fight crime; this after it was recognized that the RSLPF was not meeting its targets.
The island has recorded 41 homicides so far for 2018 inclusive of one police shooting.
According to the A.C.P in charge of Crime and Intelligence, the RSLPF has made headway in solving a number of these homicides.
Earlier this year, Commissioner Moncherry announced that the plan was to keep the number of homicides from surpassing that of the previous year. That has not happened
He says the police will continue to defend the safety of law abiding citizens against the criminal elements.