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Contact: Julita Peter

JusticeThursday, January 17, 2002 - Legislation to address the vandalism of public buildings will soon be in place when the island’s new Criminal Code is enacted by the end of March 2002. Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony made the disclosure earlier this week at the sod turning ceremony marking the construction of a new southern divisional headquarters of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force in Vieux-Fort.

According to Dr. Anthony, “Too often have we constructed buildings throughout the length and breadth of this country only to witness the destruction and the waste of tax payers money; this new facility is not just for police officers but for the entire community. That is why I have asked the Attorney General to ensure that he includes in the new Criminal Code legislation that will fine heavily, those persons who deface and destroy public buildings of this country.”

The National Insurance Property Development and Management Company (NIPRO) is funding the southern divisional police headquarters at a total cost of six million dollars. The two-storey facility is being constructed on 2.65 acres of land, and is the biggest commercial commitment that the government has entered into with NIPRO.

Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony

Dr. Anthony says the citizens of St. Lucia have reason to demand more from the Police Force, as the investment in the country’s judicial structure over the last few years has been substantive.

“When you think of the fact that the new prison is costing the people of St. Lucia 46 million dollars; you add a price tag of 6 million for this police station, and add the price tag of the Marchand and the other new police stations, it means that over the last five years alone we would have spent over 100 million dollars in legal and judicial infrastructure in this country,” Dr Anthony added.

When completed the southern divisional headquarters will be the most modern police station in St. Lucia. The construction of such infrastructure forms part of improvement of the legal, judicial and penal systems in the last few years that has seen a revision of the criminal code and the entire body of laws of Saint Lucia, Police Reform, Penal Reform and Legal and Judicial Reform.


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