Prime Minister and Minister responsible for Justice and National Security Hon. Philip J. Pierre has succeeded Deputy Prime Minister and National Security Minister of Jamaica Hon. Dr. Horace Chang to assume the Chairmanship of the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement [CONSLE].
CONSLE is an organ of CARICOM and is responsible for the formulation of regional security policies and the coordination of measures to give effect to the policies.
On December 15, 2022, Prime Minister Pierre held an audience with the outgoing CONSLE Chair. The meeting profited an opportunity for Hon. Pierre and Hon. Dr. Chang to explore avenues that will advance the mandate of the CONSLE which includes developing and promoting measures designed to combat and eliminate threats to national and regional security, ensure the expeditious and efficient mobilisation and deployment of regional resources to manage and defuse national and regional security crises and to combat serious crimes in consultation with the relevant member states.
Hon. Dr. Chang was also accompanied by a special delegation out of Jamaica which interfaced with senior leadership of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, the Crown Prosecution Services, and the Office of the Attorney General which is headed by Hon. Leslie Mondesir.
The aforementioned exchange provided an opportunity to deepen cooperation, strengthen mutual legal assistance arrangements and enhance intelligence-sharing processes between Saint Lucia and Jamaica to strategically attack crime and dismantle and disrupt the activities of criminal networks and organiations domestically and regionally.
Hon. Philip J. Pierre will lead the CONSLE for the first time as Prime Minister and Minister responsible for Justice and National Security.