Speaking at the St Lucia Chamber of Commerce recently, Assistant Commissioner of Police George Nicholas outlined measures to improve the crime situation in the island. As reported on October 11th by the St Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Nicholas urged all Saint Lucians to get involved in ensuring law and order prevailed in the country.
A recent crime perception survey done by the Chamber of Commerce revealed that over 75 per cent of Saint Lucians are worried about crime with 20 per cent of businesses reporting a loss as a result of crime which, according to the survey, is higher than the Caribbean average.
Also speaking at the recent Chamber of Commerce meeting was Charon Gardner-Hippolyte from the Performance Management and Delivery Unit of the Government of Saint Lucia who outlined the targets set by Government that envisions significant crime reduction by 2020.
Gardner-Hippolyte said the following will be achieved: a 45 per cent reduction in serious crime; 100 per cent clearance of criminal court backlog and a 30 per cent reduction in recidivism. She also revealed the strategies to be employed to achieve these statistics and called for the private sector’s support for the Police and the Government in this effort.
Among the strategies mentioned are (1) Police Omnipresence, (2) Safe City: CCTV Programme, (3) Strengthen Community Policing.
It was previously reported that as part of the Medium Term Development Strategy for 2019-2022, the St Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said crime hot spots will benefit from a stronger police presence in order to improve crime prevention and detection efforts.
Chastanet said there will be increased foot and mobile patrols on the front-line where they are needed most. Further, the surveillance capability of law enforcement has been enhanced with a EC$5.8 million Safe City CCTV Project in Castries, of which $1.8 million has been allocated for 2019/2020. In addition, greater focus will be placed on community policing to strengthen fighting crime in targeted areas.
At the Chamber of Commerce meeting, the business community was urged to explore the idea of a business community type “neighborhood watch” that would serve their common interest of safeguarding their properties and livelihoods especially since the criminals are becoming more and more intelligent and proficient in the execution of their crimes.