Po­lice Re­spond Af­ter Com­ing Un­der At­tack

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Toni Ni­cholas send­ing a mes­sage out there; if the crim­i­nals think that we are in Ja­maica, we are not in Ja­maica, we are in Saint Lu­cia, okay. And we will take what­ever mea­sures nec­es­sary to pro­tect the safety of our po­lice of­fi­cers,” the top cop said.

Alexan­der was also asked by the show’s host Martin James to com­ment on re­ports of mis­siles be­ing hurled at of­fi­cers on duty along the Chaussee road re­cently. “We are pro­vid­ing a ser­vice for lawabid­ing peo­ple in Saint Lu­cia. We are on the Chaussee do­ing our pa­trols pre­vent­ing a cou­ple of com­mu­ni­ties from de­stroy­ing them­selves and they should see that as a good ini­tia­tive. Those per­sons who are throw­ing mis­siles, we are go­ing to de­fend our­selves and if we are able to get them the full brunt of the law will be done with­out fear with­out favour.”

Alexan­der also spoke of an in­ci­dent on Car­ni­val Tues­day when a num­ber of young men ac­costed a con­sta­ble who “froze.” “That is why some­thing did not hap­pen. But I am say­ing if you are so bold in do­ing so, we will be bold in tak­ing the rel­e­vant ac­tion that we have to take. We have to pro­tect our­selves and we can­not stand by and al­low these things to hap­pen and we do not pro­tect our­selves,” he said.

Through the kind of­fices of Vol­un­teer Saint Lu­cia, a car­ing cor­po­rate citizen has come to the aid of fam­i­lies af­fected by a re­cent fire in the south­ern town of Vieux Fort. The fam­i­lies were pre­sented with bags of gro­ceries at a brief cer­e­mony on Thurs­day, Au­gust 6, 2015.

On July 26, 2015, the blaze de­stroyed five houses and dam­aged a sixth in the Westall Group com­mu­nity, bet­ter known as the Mangue, leav­ing sev­eral fam­i­lies dis­placed.

Thurs­day’s pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony was held at the re­cently re­opened Su­per J Su­per­mar­ket on New Dock Road. On be­half of the man­age­ment and staff of Con­sol­i­dated Foods Lim­ited, Vol­un­teer Saint Lu­cia co­or­di­na­tor Cyril Saltibus and Su­per J New Dock Road store man­ager Lea St Clair handed over bags of gro­ceries re­spond­ing to an ap­peal by Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Vieux Fort South and Prime Min­is­ter, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony.

Ac­cord­ing to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the fam­i­lies, the gro­ceries will go a long way, as they are all stay­ing with friends and fam­ily. But Anya Ed­win, sec­re­tary to the Na­tional Vol­un­teer Co­or­di­na­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion, says there is still a great need for the lo­cal pri­vate sec­tor and the re­main­der of the cit­i­zenry to pro­vide fur­ther sup­port.

Said Ms. Ed­win, “I would like to thank Su­per J and Con­sol­i­dated Foods Lim­ited. I also make a spe­cial ap­peal to those other per­sons in the busi­ness com­mu­nity and Saint Lu­cia at large to do­nate what­ever items they have that they can to help the vic­tims get back on their feet.”

To as­sist the re­lief ef­forts, please con­tact Vol­un­teer Saint Lu­cia via tele­phone: 4843244 or 468-2125, or email vol­un­teer­saintlu­cia@gmail.com.

Act­ing po­lice com­mis­sioner Er­rol Alexan­der: We are

not flat on our backs.

cyril Saltibus of Vol­un­teer Saint Lu­cia speak­ing at the

pre­sen­ta­tion to fire vic­tims.

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