The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Mo­tor­cy­cle Pa­trol Fleet within the Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Force (RSLPF) Traf­fic Depart­ment will very shortly en­gage in the train­ing of more than twenty po­lice of­fi­cers in or­der to beef up num­bers to com­ple­ment the mo­tor­cy­cle fleet.

On July 30, 2018 the Traf­fic Depart­ment was of­fi­cially handed five spank­ing new XJ6Yamaha mo­tor­cy­cles shipped from Ja­pan to aug­ment the ex­ist­ing fleet.

Min­is­ter for Home Af­fairs and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Hon­ourable Her­mangild Fran­cis has in­di­cated that the gov­ern­ment is sys­tem­at­i­cally ad­dress­ing the many needs of the RSLPF.

Ad­min­is­tra­tive Sergeant Miguel Lan­siquot ex­pressed how pleased the Traf­fic Depart­ment is with the in­jec­tion of brand new mo­tor­cy­cles and thanked Min­is­ter Fran­cis and the hi­er­ar­chy of the RSLPF: “We are aim­ing for a greater po­lice pres­ence on our roads and we are very grate­ful for the ef­forts of the hi­er­ar­chy of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, as well as Min­is­ter Fran­cis, who has been very in­stru­men­tal to this re­cent pro­cure­ment. It is clear that the daily pa­trol by the traf­fic po­lice makes a marked dif­fer­ence on any given day. Po­lice pres­ence en­cour­ages com­pli­ance by the mo­tor­ing pub­lic, min­i­mizes ac­ci­dents and ex­ces­sive speed­ing. Over­all it de­ters other un­law­ful acts; so we are al­ways happy to re­ceive the tools that will en­hance our work.”

The train­ing of more po­lice mo­tor­cy­clists will com­mence in Septem­ber. Sergeant Lan­siquot says that the fe­male of­fi­cers are wel­comed to ex­press their in­ter­est in be­ing trained.

“We still have just one woman po­lice of­fi­cer as part of our mo­tor­cy­cle pa­trol fleet but we be­lieve in hav­ing more,” he noted ex­pec­tantly. “It is also note­wor­thy that the en­tire train­ing will be man­aged in­ter­nally be­cause we have within the RSLPF our very own cer­ti­fied in­struc­tors and ex­am­iner so we do not have to out­source in or­der for this train­ing to take place.”

The Mo­tor­cy­cle Pa­trol Fleet has also been out­fit­ted with new safety gear in­clud­ing hel­mets, gloves and boots.

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