St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is promising to reduce its alarming serious crime figures by the end of 2020.
He said there will be a focus on better policing, great efficiency in the legal system and the rehabilitation of offenders.
After meeting with senior security officials for a weekly security briefing, Chastanet said there will be an increase on police patrols.
“Crime prevention and detection will benefit from a stronger police presence in ‘hotspot’ areas,” he stated. “We will be increasing foot and mobile patrols on the frontline where they are needed most.”
Chastanet said greater surveillance “is being made available to the police with the rolling out of the $1.8 million Safe City CCTV Project in Castries.”
He added his government doesn’t believe in only incarcerating offenders but also rehabilitating them.
He also noted that since assuming power, his administration has made several interventions to improve justice and security in St Lucia, including appointment of a Director of Public Prosecution, reopening of the Forensic Laboratory, installation of high definition CCTV cameras in the city, repairs to police stations and recruitment of over 150 new police officers with better resources once they are qualified.