Prime Minister of St Lucia Philip J. Pierre has expressed his deep condolences on the reported homicides and gun violence over the weekend in which three people were shot to death and also wounded five people at the terrified residents of Collie Town in Marigot.
While mourning the deaths of the residents of St Lucia through his Facebook post, Prime Minister Pierre cited,” Yesterday I requested an emergency meeting with the hierarchy of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force in response to the reported homicides and gun violence over the weekend. My sincerest condolences to those who lost loved ones”.
Prime Minister underlined that on Monday, February 14, 2022, he, as national Security Minister has, received the report from the Commissioner of Police, Mr Milton Desir.
By signifying the need for more stringent strategies to strengthen the police force and security measures in St Lucia, PM Pierrie underlined that his administration would be rigorous in its efforts to provide resources and training to the Royal St Lucia Police Force and challenged the challenged the hierarchy to use more innovative strategies, professionalism and proactiveness in their work.
“I have tasked the Attorney General to expedite the drafting and review of the needed legislation to assist the police in discharging their duties,” PM Pierrie noted.
He further stressed that there is a great need of strengthening the judicial system in the budgetary allocation of St Lucia and emphasised,” The strengthening of the judicial system has also been prioritised in our budgetary allocation to facilitate the timely and just prosecution of the perpetrators of crime.
PM Pierre also assures that addressing the crime situation is a concern for all citizens, and the country is better than this.
The incident of gun violence has to lead an outrage among the population of the country and have called the government of St Lucia to take assertive measures and action against the surge in crime situation in the country.