US restores its support to Royal Saint Lucia Police Force

The Prime Minister of St Lucia - Allen Chastanet, has announced that the United States government has stated that it would restore its assistance to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. 

Saint Lucia: The Prime Minister of St Lucia – Allen Chastanet, has announced that the United States government has stated that it would restore its assistance to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. 

PM Chastanet expressed his excitement and added that this is good news for St Lucia and its police. He noted that St Lucia and the US share a robust relationship, and both the nations would continue to work together on national, hemispheric and global issues. 

“We have benefited greatly from programming in various fields and look to collaborate on issues of mutual interest such as disaster mitigation and resilience and education,” PM Chastanet added. 

The Prime Minister asserted that access to the initiative and programmes of the US government security agencies, such as – Caribbean Basin Security Basin initiative, including the southern command, would help St Lucia. 

Following the statement, PM Chastanet cited, “The revision of a blanket policy that denied our law enforcement personnel access to US-funded training is welcomed, and this is a step in the right direction.”

He further added that every essential support to the Director of Public Prosecution office – DPP (which is charged with investigations into allegations of wrongdoing) would be provided by the administration. 

He assured that the St Lucia government is committed to providing all of the required assistance to its law enforcement professionals, and the government has shown its commitment various time. 

Following the statement, he stated that the government has provided- 

  • The Marine Unit with the required capacity to patrol, secure, rescue and support regional initiatives. Recently the island got twelve new engines for sea vessels for the marine unit.
  • An additional six police vehicles were obtained recently.
  • The government has done repairing of the police stations to improve the working environment.
  • The government’s CCTV initiative continues to be rolled out to enhance surveillance capabilities.
  • Advancement of the work of St Lucia’s Forensic Laboratory. 

The prime minister stated that they had been encouraged by the announcement made by the US government and added, “We are already preparing a list of other fields within the security area where support is needed considering this new framework.”

PM Chastanet appreciated and thanked the US government and its Ambassadors in the US, its Minister responsible for External Affairs, the Minister for Security and the whole team of the government.