Amid the cancellation of festivities scheduled for the season, voluntary efforts remain paramount. These efforts have forged collaborations between organizations, profit, and non-profit. Notable is the recent alliance between members of the Saint Lucia Protective Services Association (SLPSA) who sought to bring Christmas cheer to families of Vieux Fort affected by the pandemic on Christmas Day.
The Saint Lucia Protective Services (SLPSA) is the lawful body responsible for enforcing security throughout the island. The SLPSA consist of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), the Bordelais Correctional Facility, the Saint Lucia Fire Services, and the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority Ports Police Department.
The past 11 months were unforeseeable, thus far the island has seen the closure of prominent organizations, small businesses, and a significant impact on the hotel and tourism industries. Already Saint Lucia has borne witness to an upsurge in its rate of unemployment. This has resulted in the creation of this project. Acting Inspector Port Castries, Jacqueline Faucher shared that,
“as front liners, we saw the direct impact of COVID-19 on the operations of the Authority, the people and families that we serve and by extension our island. This drive assisted in bringing cheer to families and most importantly children in the Vieux Fort District.”
The efforts of the Port Police Department along with that of Saint Lucia’s Protective Services are far-reaching and will serve as proof that in every aspect our officers will fullfil their mandate to serve and protect.