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Contact: Shannon LeBourne


Wednesday, February 02, 2011 – As the island continues to grapple with the crime situation on the island, Prime Minister Honourable Stephenson King has disclosed that later this month there will be a joint sitting of Parliament and the Senate to discuss crime and security later this month.


The joint sitting will allow every Parliamentarian to contribute to and participate in the country’s crime fighting efforts.


In his opening statement to Saint Lucia’s Parliament Tuesday morning February 1st, Prime Minister King announced that government will present its National Crime Response Strategy at the joint sitting of the house.  “Our strategy will entail short, medium and long term efforts, at the heart of all these efforts will be the concept of enforcement, the strengthening of our families and our communities. Once we meet in the join sitting of Parliament and the Senate and can agree on a joint vision and the strategies moving forward we will ensure that all the implementing agencies re given the necessary resources for the execution of the plan”.


The Prime Minister says while government will implement various stringent measures to help curb crime, similar importance will be placed on social reform.  Mr King says government is very concerned about the rising incidents of youth crime and will institute the necessary measures to afford the nations youth equal opportunities to contribute to self and national development in a positive manner.


 “The designation of youth violence as simply a criminal justice concern will limit the strategies that can be implemented to deal with the rising destruction of the future human capital of the country, it is for this fundamental issue that my administration views crime as a social issue and see crime prevention as a national priority”, the prime minister announced.


Prime Minister King says government will continue to promote an all-inclusive approach to fighting crime.


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