Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has lamented the criminal activity in the City of Castries, while addressing the opening ceremony of the Festival of Lights last night on the Derek Walcott Square.
He said, “Over the past few years we have seen the blatant disregard for human life and property. The City of Castries has become a hub for criminal elements and activity. And this will be put to a halt.”
One of the measures to curb crime, said the Mayor, will be the recruitment of 18 new constables as part of the City Police Unit who will join with 12 veteran Constabulary officers employed within the Mayor’s office. These new personnel will be deployed shortly and are to be trained at the Police Training School at La Toc.
“It is my hope that in the coming months we increase the City Police Unit to 50, so that law and order can be restored in the city,” Francis said.
The Mayor also recognized the urgent need to beautify Castries.
“We will see that taking place in collaboration with my Government as the development of Castries is critical to the country’s economic survival,” he noted.
Even as individuals and businesses clean and decorate their surroundings during this time of year, Francis noted that much is amiss. He mentioned the problems of sexual abuse, inequality, hunger, and other problems we face as a society.
The Mayor called on every citizen, spiritual organization, and community group represented at the ceremony to stamp out the darkness threatening to destroy Saint Lucia.