Friday 29 May, 2020

2019 was a challenge for police officers in St Lucia

Acting Police Commissioner in St Lucia, Milton Desir

Acting Police Commissioner in St Lucia, Milton Desir

St Lucia recorded its second highest-ever murder rate in 2019 but the Lucian police force has solved many with a view to combat and reduce crime significantly in 2020. 

The year 2019 saw a greater collaboration between the various communities around the island and the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), especially in correlation to crime-solving.

That’s according to Acting Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, who thanked members of the public for their support.

“This year we have seen our solve rate increase and I must say it has been through the interaction with the members of the public, they feel safer and more willing to give information to the police,” Desir stated.

Saint Lucia recorded 51 homicides for 2019, seven more than what was recorded in 2018 and nine less than 2017, which ended on 60, the highest ever recorded.

“Two thousand and nineteen was a challenge and I believe we did our best especially towards the end of the year where the Christmas season is usually one where there is criminality on the increase but we were able with our strategy to keep it down.”

According to the top cop, for 2020, the RSLPF aims to reduce crime and make the island a safer place for residents and visitors alike.

“For the new decade, we would like to see we could go anywhere and get the information that is required to solve crime and then by doing this the level of criminality will be reduced and persons would feel safer to live in Saint Lucia,” Desir said.

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