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Wednesday 27 April 2011  Local police are taking Operation Restore Confidence on the high seas as they press on with their mission to secure Saint Lucia.


Police Commissioner Mr Vernon Francois made that disclosure while providing the Government Information Service with an update on the operation which was launched in the height of criminal activity on the island.


Commissioner Francois says the next step is to enhance patrols along Saint Lucia`s coastal borders.


“We are in the process of arresting wanted individuals and recovering illegal firearms so we propose to continue with the operation and we are actually moving into a marine phase of Operation Restore Confidence  where we will  utilise our Marine Unit because its critical that we patrol the coastal boarders.

We do not manufacture firearms in Saint Lucia and we are very concerned with the number of illegal guns on the street. We also have evidence that a lot of items which are stolen in Saint Lucia are taken to St Vincent for sale and exchange so we are working with our Marine Unit to execute a marine phase of “Operation Restore Confidence”.


The Police Commissioner has also disclosed that there is evidence indicating greater support for the police from members of the public.


Commissioner Francois says it is very important for public support to continue if the  present success in crime fighting is to be sustained.


“Moving forward we also propose to work with various communities. At various police stations we will form various community consultative groups in order to have interaction with youth leaders, community groups, and sports clubs in the form of town hall meetings. The idea is to work together with the various communities in order to make Saint Lucia a better place because we recognise as police that we cannot do it on our own.”


The Police Commissioner says the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force will work with all genuine partners in its attempt to secure Saint Lucia.


Commissioner Francois says law enforcers are very happy with the assistance from members of the public who have provided substantial information to aid in the foiling of several criminal plots and actions throughout Saint Lucia.

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