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Thursday, February 2, 2006 - Prime Minister Dr Kenny D. Anthony has mandated the Commissioner of Police to prepare and present plans to combat crime during 2006, consistent with his announcement in his New Year Address to the Nation that seeking further reductions in crime will be the Government's number-one priority for this year.

Crime reduction was a major priority for the government last year and the Prime Minister reported that there had been several successes. These included a 400% increase in the number of illegal firearms taken off the streets through the Programme for the Recovery of Illegal Weapons.

Last year, additional measures were taken to reduce crime, including introduction of the new Criminal Code, a new revised edition of the Laws of St. Lucia, improvement of the curriculum at the Police Training Academy, establishment of a new Crown Prosecution Service and enactment of the Interception of Communications Bill to strengthen the ability of the police to keep track of the more sophisticated criminals and their activities.

The Prime Minister said, however, that while there was no increase in the number of homicides last year over the previous year, he still felt that 37 murders too many and he wanted to see the number reduced this year.

The Prime Minister says he expects the Commissioner to present his crime-fighting plan for 2006 to the Cabinet of Ministers soon.

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