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Protest March on Hold

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The Chakadan Daniel Planning and Organizing Committee have taken the decision to observe a “tactical retreat” with respect to the staging of the peaceful Silent March and Mini Rally in memory of Chakadan Daniel. The Committee considers the late formal approval by the Police for the planned event disrespectful and has severely compromised its organizational efforts towards the staging of the peaceful Silent March and Mini Rally.
The committee notes the following:

Chakadan Daniel

Chakadan Daniel

1. That two individuals (which included the Mother of Chakadan who is a member of the Committee) dispatched to collect the necessary approval from Police Headquarters at Chesterfield were (as late as 2:50 pm) unable to secure the required document.
2. That following a combination of phone calls to the hierarchy of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and a visit by a member of the Committee to the Ministry responsible between the hours of 2:52 pm and 3:34 pm there was verbal indication (via telephone) that approval was granted. These indications were provided first by the DCP Responsible for Operations and Crime at 3:47 pm and the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security at 4:10 pm. The actual envelope containing the approval was eventually collected from Police Headquarters at Chesterfield at approximately 4:40 pm.
Given the delay in approval from the Police for the staging of the peaceful Silent March and Mini Rally, the Committee has taken the decision to observe a “tactical retreat” and as such will not go ahead with the staging of the planned event. The Committee will examine its options in the month of January next and determine a new approach towards representing the concerns for justice in the Chakadan Daniel case.
Finally the committee expresses its dissatisfaction with the fact it has had to combat systemic obstacles which has negatively impacted its ability to conduct this event despite its determined efforts and the rights and guarantees enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the Constitution of Saint Lucia. We will nonetheless continue our crusade in the pursuit of justice in this case. The committee thanks all sources of support to date at the local and regional levels. We look forward to working with other citizens/families who have been similarly affected and who share concerns for the upkeep and preservation of human rights in Saint Lucia. This includes the police who we expect to take full advantage in the future of opportunities to act in good faith and to demonstrate goodwill as a matter of principle and integrity.

22-year old Chakadan Daniel of Micoud, was reportedly found dead while in custody at the Micoud Police Station on Wednesday, October 23. Police announced that Daniel was found hanging from his cell after he had been arrested two days prior for escaping lawful custody, assaulting a police officer and damaging property. His death was labelled “A grave human rights violation”, amidst accusations of police brutality from his family and community.

Police and LIME Team Up for Road Safety

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LIME has joined forces with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force in a historic collaboration that is helping the Traffic Department transform its operations with the help of LIME’s 4G mobile data network.
Armed with technology provided by Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s only fully integrated telecommunications provider, traffic officers can now establish an immediate connection with the Transport Board’s database via smartphones, laptops or tablets. They can easily exchange data, files, evidence photos and video footage from the field directly with police headquarters using safe data connectivity and superfast speeds that only LIME’s 4G network can provide.

New technology to boost police work

New technology to boost police work


The technology is unprecedented in Saint Lucia, although it is in use in more developed countries in North America and Europe. This is yet another example of the myriad of possibilities made real by the rollout of LIME’s state-of-the-art 4G network.
“Now the Traffic Department can outfit its officers with pocket-sized devices that have capabilities they would previously have had to travel to their offices, stations or headquarters to access,” says Terry Finisterre, LIME Corporate Communications Executive. “This also increases the efficiency of the process. What would have been a time-consuming check is now just a few clicks away.”
The company is eager to see the Saint Lucia Police Force using the latest technological innovations in mobile communications. “As the Caribbean’s leading full-service communications provider, it’s our job to help instill confidence in digital methods so our police can be safer and work more efficiently with user-friendly, efficient, and interoperable communications. Our goal is to offer a solution that will work wherever our hardworking officers of the Traffic Department are working,” Terry explains.
Citing 4G as the communication wave of the future, he said LIME’s collaboration with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force is principally about helping the police achieve higher levels of efficiency for law enforcement and greater safety for the public, as well as police officers.
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Police Give Facts on the Shooting of Mandy Louisy

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While it is not the policy of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force to publicly comment on matters which have the potential to be the subject of judicial proceedings, we none the less, especially in view of the misinformed statements being made, wish to clarify certain aspects of the matter involving 31 year old Mandy Louisy of Chassin, Babonneau.

The facts of the matter are as follows;police line

On Friday 9 August 2013 about 12:30am, plain clothed officers attached to the Babonneau Police Station were on patrol in the Chassin area when en route they noted a suspicious looking male individual wearing dark clothes with a “hoodie”. He also had his hands in his pockets. The officers approached the young man like they would any other in a similar situation. The individual was not known to the police.

The officers, stopped the individual, identified themselves to him and thereafter attempted to carry out a search of his person. The individual resisted and in the course of that resistance brandished a knife in a menacing manner at the officers.

While attempting to disarm this individual, a struggle ensued during which one officer discharged a single gunshot hitting him in the upper part of his body. That individual was immediately transported to Victoria Hospital where he was admitted in a critical condition. He subsequently succumbed to his injuries about 11:00 am.

That individual was subsequently identified as Mandy Louisy of Chassin, Babonneau.

The round discharged entered Mr. Louisy’s body from the front.

Whilst the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force understands the family’s and indeed the public’s concern and need to get the facts behind what transpired, such concerns ought not to be expressed in a manner that is contrary to what happened.

The police have followed proper protocol in the investigation of this matter to which end, a post mortem examination has been undertaken and the results transmitted to both the police and members of the decease’s family.

It is of course improper for the police to make public the contents of this report but as stated earlier, members of the family are in possession of the documents and are therefore fully aware of the their contents.

Investigations are continuing into the matter.

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Man dies after swimming

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RSLPF LogoAbout 10:00am on Thursday 25 July 2013, Officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station were summoned to the Sea View Beach in Gros Islet.

On arrival, they received information that 42 year old Oswald Maxius of Marie Therese Street, Gros Islet had gone swimming at the said beach when he encountered difficulties. He submerged into the sea and his body was washed ashore a short while later.

He was transported to the Gros Islet Poly Clinic via ambulance where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A post mortem examination is scheduled for a later date to determine the cause of death.

Investigations into the matter continue.

 

PM’s Addresses Babonneau Police Station Opening

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A Staple of a Community’s Comfort, Assurance & Security”

Remarks by Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning & Social Security on the occasion of the opening of the Babonneau police station.

July 22nd 2013

BABONNEAU, A NEW VERTEX  

Ladies and gentlemen, a few weeks ago, a wicked and heinous crime took place in this community. A young man was brutally murdered and his body was dumped without ceremony, not too far away from here. Any act of murder is reprehensible. No killing can ever be justified save and except in those circumstances, the law recognises. But when the victim is young and his suspected assailants are also young, then, collectively, we become not only mourners but victims as well.

It is ironic, that this cruel act took place just days before this ceremony to recognise the establishment of a new police station in our state.

The former government has to take the honours for constructing this long planned police station, which we are about to open.  This investment continues the ambitious programme of police modernization  which the former SLP Government commenced         when it took office in 1997. This has since led to a sizeable investment in the infrastructure to support the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

During Labour’s previous tenure in office, six police stations were upgraded, namely Gros Islet, Marigot, Canaries, Soufriere, Choiseul and Laborie. New police stations were also constructed in Anse la Raye, Marchand, Vieux Fort, Micoud, Riche Fond and Dennery. Our investment in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force went beyond the infrastructure. As a government, we understood and appreciated that modern equipment and a well-trained Human Resource was critical to our crime fighting efforts. It is for this reason, the Government that I led, expanded the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force by over 450 trained officers, invested in a modern Frame Relay System and introduced stronger legislation such as a new Evidence Act, a new Criminal Code and measures to deal with Praedial Larceny and Money Laundering.  We understood and appreciated, as we do now, that the sacrifice made by law enforcers to ensure our safety and security, must be complimented with institutional and legislative support.

TO SERVE AND PROTECT

This new facility is intended to serve and protect the growing communities in and around Babonneau. Babonneau is an emerging centre, and indeed we may soon have to start referring to a triangular conurbation of Castries-Gros Islet-Babonneau, with Babonneau as its newest vertex.

With a voting population of over ten thousand persons in Babonneau, this facility to serve the northeast is undoubtedly long in coming. We know, however, that the siting of this facility has not been free from controversy. Indeed, it would have been more ideal, more aesthetically pleasing if the character of Babonneau Junction with its road island was maintained and embellished. Put another way, while we seek to provide function, we should still remember it must go hand-in-hand with form.

Notwithstanding this, it is fitting that Government supports Babonneau’s expansion and development. Many families are looking to Babonneau and its environs to establish future homes. This station will, undoubtedly, provide further encouragement and comfort.

COMMUNITY MUST FEEL OWNERSHIP

Institutions of law and order such as police stations ought to have a net positive effect on surrounding communities. For that to happen, the community must feel ownership of and receive value from the new facility and the services it provides.

The people of Fond Assau, the communities at Garrand, Raisinard, Cacao, Girard, the inheritors of historic Paix Bouche, the economic enterprises from Marquis, La Guerre, Plateau, Chassin to Balata, Ti Morne and Cabiche will now be comforted by knowing that there is a Police Station a few minutes away that can now respond to emergency calls.

These communities can now benefit in a greater way, from community policing initiatives of the Police Force. This base can now serve as an early detection and prevention centre, dedicated to Babonneau and its environs.

POLICE AS CULTURAL AGENTS

Police stations are not unlike churches, courts, hospitals or other public facilities. They are institutions within the community, and so they must build acceptance and credibility within that space.

While the buildings are important, the people that use them make the difference as to whether its impact is felt or not.

The police officer must be part of the social fabric, part of the culture. He or she must be respected and beyond reproach. Always remember, that respect is earned; it cannot survive solely by virtue of office.

In fact, police officers must even see themselves as cultural agents, by promoting a culture of self-respect and respect for the rights of others, a culture of discipline, a culture of peace and order.

SETTING THE STANDARD

I    want now to say a few words to those officers who are assigned to this station. In fact, let me introduce you to them:

  1. Inspector Ronald Philip;
  2. No. 275 Sergeant Arnold Jaganath;
  3. No 641 Woman Corporal Samantha Norley Aurlien;
  4. No. 316 Acting Corporal Clement Alexander;
  5. No. 547 Constable Nereus Lambert;
  6. No. 192 Constable Julian Henry;
  7. No. 789 Constable Semius Eristhee;
  8. No. 223 Constable Ain Polius;
  9. No. 492 Constable Murton Dornelly;
  10. No. 786 Constable Kenan Daniel;
  11. No. 442 Constable Orville Innocent;
  12. No. 814 Woman Constable Cheryl Leon;
  13. No. 445 Special Constable Edward;
  14. No. 214 Woman Special Constable Kimian Mauris;
  15. No. 430 Woman Special Constable Kasha Joan Bailey; and
  16. No. 241 Woman Special Constable Jane Johnson.

I say to the staff of this new station, Babonneau’s first police team, that your responsibility is indeed a venerable undertaking upon which you must set high standards. You must set the bar high.

Some of the principles of policing that should resonate with you now and always are that:

  1. Your basic mission should always be the prevention of crime and disorder;
  2. You must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observation of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public;
  3. You must seek and preserve public favour not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law; and
  4. Finally, your efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.

LAW AND ORDER, ALWAYS A PRIORITY

Ladies and gentlemen, the first duty of Government continues to be the maintenance of the rule of law and order. It should matter not which party controls the House of Assembly, or who holds the office of Prime Minister. Security of our citizens must always be paramount.

However, this tenet must also align with the belief that people are fundamentally good and only anomalous rogue elements, far in the minority, must be corrected.

Yet, we also must concede that the power of such rogue elements can be profound to a people, to families.

For instance, the discourtesy of just one badly parked vehicle on a busy street can cause serious traffic back up. The theft of one item like a mobile phone or a camera can spoil the entire vacation of a visitor, and their perception of our island. One act of domestic violence can cause psychological damage on children growing up in the household.  One murder on an unsuspecting community as happened recently, can unleash incalculable pain and grief, not only on the family of the victim but on the entire community.

We cannot condone crime by our silence, by our inaction, by our turning away from the realities. We cannot condone crime, no matter how small, no matter how removed the victims and perpetrators might appear to be from ourselves and loved ones.

WE WANT A CRIME-FREE BABONNEAU

Crime grows fast in environments that appear not to be managed, or in places that seem to be forgotten or cast aside. Today, we must say clearly, that we want a crime-free Babonneau. We want a peaceful community in which you can nurture your children, in which your life, limb, property and other liberties are respected.

For instance, one phenomenon which we cannot ignore is the rise in gangs and attendant gun related violence and homicides.

In the past, we silently ignored the mushrooming of gangs in our midst, sometimes under the misguided notion of freedom of association. But since when an association established for criminal enterprise, to steal, murder and plunder at will is protected by our Constitution?

Today, the police have been working assiduously to deal with gangs and the negative gang culture that spawns anti-social behaviour and organised crime. We will support their efforts by enacting anti-gang legislation as has been done in Trinidad and Tobago and about to be done in Jamaica. In fact, in the last parliamentary session, we introduced new legislation to strengthen the powers of police in tackling gangs but could not enact it because the parliamentary session had ended. We will shortly be re-introducing this Bill to the House of Assembly for its consideration.

This is no longer merely an urban or inner city phenomenon. It has spread to encompass suburban communities as well. Officers assigned to this new station will have to engage the community in countering the rise of such groups. The networks of drug trafficking, mayhem and malice must be defeated by a network of surveillance, intelligence and smart might.

AN INSTITUTION ALIVE

Government will spend $71 million this year maintaining our police force, about 1200 strong. Yet, we know that such continued investment in citizen security requires accountable, transparent policing, for no one is above the law.

We all need the police, and yet we must all practice policing in our lives and communities.

We need the police not just when a crime is committed, not just during an emergency or natural disaster, not just during election day, not only for mass crowd events, not only for traffic management.

We need good policing all the time, as a staple of comfort, assurance, security.

This station today must not be allowed to become isolated, remote, far removed and uninviting from the people which it was built to serve.

It must represent an institution alive, interactive, intelligent and proactive in its duties towards crime prevention and law enforcement.

However, the maintenance of law and order can never be solely the responsibility of Government or the Police, but the responsibility of all society.

The individual has a responsibility to his or her self to uphold the law because there must be a belief that it protects oneself just as it protects anyone else. The best way to defend yourself is to support law enforcement.

The family has a duty to itself to uphold the law.

So too does the community, the village, the city.

Let us work together, support each other and be each other’s keeper to build a stronger, safer community and country.

COP’s End of Year Address

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End of Year Address to the Nation by Commissioner of Police Vernon Francois

Once again it is the time of year for me to extend warmest greetings during the festive season and a Happy New Year to one and all.  It is opportune for me to thank the Government of Saint Lucia and the other government agencies for their continued support during 2012.   It is my fervent hope that we will all continue working towards the overall development of our beloved country.

I am also thankful to the general citizenry for their level of support and continued faith in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. Our success this year has shown what the police and the public can achieve if we work together. Your willingness to cooperate with the police department has contributed immensely to our fight against crime. It is, therefore, my commitment to reward your goodwill by my unwavering efforts to work towards a more professional Police Department.

I would also like in a profound way to thank my colleague Police Officers for their hard work in 2012.  Notwithstanding the arduous nature of your duties, you have shown by your efforts that the mission of the organization can be realized. I thank you for your support, whether you are a Gazetted Officer, Inspector, Regular Police Officer, Special Police Constable or Special Reserve Officer.

Thanks to your support and that of the Government and the general public, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force has been able to realize a number of initiatives in 2012.  We were able to further the philosophy of community oriented policing by conducting a Train the Trainers Program for selected officers.  The intention is for these Officers to train one hundred percent of our Officers in the area of Community Partnership and Service Driven Policing.

The observance of Police Week of Activities under the theme, “It’s our community, let’s work together for a safer society”, has been deemed the most successful in recent memory.  During the week, we visited and distributed grocery hampers to sick and shut –in  Police Officers and other needy members of our various communities; thanked Saint Lucians in a public way during our successful island wide Police Train; organized a two day exhibition featuring the various Police Units; awarded Police Officers, Units, Departments and Police Stations for outstanding work during the course of the year.

I must also highlight the work of our Officers who for the third consecutive year distributed sixty five grocery hampers to needy students in the Northern part of the island and the setting up of a vegetable garden at the Holy Family Children Home at Ciceron, Castries. They were also instrumental in organizing  Parenting Workshops and After School Programs in various communities across the island.  One other significant achievement in this area was the hosting of an awards ceremony for twenty three elderly persons for service to the Micoud Community.

Our efforts at rewarding police officers also reflected itself during the Commissioner’s quarterly parade and award ceremonies. After a period of over four years without any promotions in the Police Department, we were able, through an objective process, to promote forty four officers to the rank of Corporal;  twenty six to the rank of Sergeant and ten to the rank of Inspector. Through the support of the Ministry of Public Service and the Public Service Commission, we were also able to confirm in post all of our outstanding acting appointments at the Gazetted Officer level of the Force.

In the area of Health and Wellness, the Police Department was able, for the second consecutive year, to organize a successful health week of activities.  The week was highlighted by a health walk for Police Officers and members of the Saint Lucian Public and screening of Police Officers for a variety of lifestyle related illnesses. We are proud to be the only organization in St. Lucia to boast two annual fitness walks in which members of the public are invited to participate. Our efforts at health and fitness also extend to the organization financing the participation of police officers in walks which are organized by other agencies.

As an organization, we remain resolute in our battle against all forms of criminal activity in St. Lucia.  In this area, the Police Department has increased its focus on intelligence driven policing and improving our relationships with the Saint Lucian public.  We also focused on preventative policing by increasing our physical presence and operations in crime prone areas.  Our efforts in these areas have been augmented by the Special Reserve Police.  I am profoundly thankful for their unwavering support during the course of the year.

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force also appreciates the relationship between illegal drugs and criminality.  Our efforts in the area of drug reduction resulted in the seizure of 1032.08 kilograms of cannabis with a street value of EC $ 1, 362, 345.60 and 233.258 kilograms of cocaine worth a street value of EC $ 5, 131, 676.00.  These figures compare favorably with 2011, when 636.8 kilograms of cannabis and 187.7 kilograms of cocaine respectively, were removed from our shores. We propose to continue our intelligence driven policing and community partnership efforts in the New Year.  It is our expectations that our crime fighting efforts particularly as it relates to property crimes will be augmented by the recently commissioned automated fingerprint information system.

In an effort to continue improving relationships with the public through communication, I propose to commence a series of community town hall meetings dubbed “Meet the Commissioner” in the New Year.  This program will also include a quarterly press conference involving the Commissioner and other senior level members of the Police Force. We also propose in the New Year to have a greater focus on Road Traffic by designating patrol points in various parts of the island.

In conclusion, I would like to once again thank my colleague Police Officers and the general public for supporting the efforts of the Police Department in 2012.  I am counting on your support in the ensuing year.  It is also my intention to continue making Police Officers proud of their profession. Whilst I propose to reward good behavior, I am also committed to punishing errant behavior on the part of police officers. I reiterate my support for Police officers who act professionally.

Thanks for your support and let us all strive to realize a crime reduced and peaceful new year.

Man Shot in Attempted Robbery

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On Monday 31 December 2012 about 12:20am, Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department responded to an incident which occurred at Bocage, Castries.

On arrival, they received information that a police officer had parked his motor car registration number PJ 4652 near the SDA Church at Bocage. Upon returning he found a male individual seated in the front of the vehicle attempting to remove the car’s stereo set. In attempting to apprehend the male individual, the police officer was assaulted. A scuffle ensued resulting in the suspect being shot in the leg. The suspect then fled the scene. A search was conducted of the area but he wasn’t found.

About 4:00 am, Officers were summoned to the Accident and Emergency Room of Victoria Hospital. They received information that Shan Lamontagne of Bocage was treated and admitted for gunshot wounds. Shan Lamontagne is currently in a stable condition at the said hospital. Investigations into the matter are ongoing.