MEMBERS of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture’s, Law and Order Committee, met with the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Severin Moncherry to discuss the bothersome issue of the robbing of distribution vehicles of its members.
A number of goods distribution vehicles have been “held up” over the last few months and the Chamber thought it was important that this matter be dealt with assertively by all.
The Commissioner was joined in the Meeting by Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Anastasius Mason, Inspector Eldric Bernard, Sergeant Aiden Marcion, and Corporal Ann Joseph.
The Chamber Law and Order Committee is chaired by the President of the Chamber, Mr. Martin Dorville and includes a number of members from various companies including, Mr, Leo Lionel of PCD, Mr. Andre Lewis of Lewis Industries, Mr. Rowston of G4S Security and Mr. Anselm Mathurin of Flow.
The Commissioner acknowledged that a meeting with the Chamber was long overdue and advised the Chamber that the issue has been given serious attention and shared the strategies which the Police have employed to combat these occurrences.
The Chamber welcomed the information provided and agreed there was need to improve collaboration and communication between the organizations.
The Meeting discussed a number of issues and agreed on ideas to be implemented in the fight against crime.
The Chamber empathized with the RSPF as it appreciates the difficult task faced by the Force, and reinforced its view that there is a need for the Country to develop a national crime fighting strategy.
The Meeting went on to discuss other areas of collaboration. It was decided a Senior Police Officer would serve on the Chambers’ Law and Order Committee and another Senior Officer would meet with members involved in Distribution Van Sales.
The Commissioner of Police also offered the services of the RSLPF to train staff of Chamber members to be more effective Security Officers.
In concluding a most positive and energized meeting the Chamber reaffirmed its commitment to work with the Police and Government in fighting crime and specifically encouraging members to participate in the soon to be initiated integrated surveillance system. (St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce)