Seven members of the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force left the island today for St Lucia, to assist in crime fighting on the neighboring island.
The Government of Saint Lucia has been requesting assistance from the Regional Security System (RSS) of which Antigua and Barbuda is part, to lend some security assistance.
St Lucia has seen a wave of criminal activities over the past couple of weeks, with several residents losing their lives. seven people in the southern town of Vieux Fort have since died.
According to a press statement from the Defense Force, the deployment is focused directly on providing support to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force as a result of the recent upsurge in violence and crime there.
The senior command of the police force was present at the airport to support and encourage the officers as they were preparing to depart Antigua.
They were told to be ambassadors of Antigua and Barbuda and to perform their duties with commitment and professionalism
This is the second RSS deployment, rotating the first deployed contingent, and it is anticipated to last a total of three weeks.
On March 16, six police officers from the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) were deployed to Saint Lucia to help the country in its fight against gang violence.
Caribbean countries have been expressing regret over the upsurge in gang violence that is currently taking place in St Lucia.
Grenada’s prime Minister, Dickon Mitchell, who is the Chairman of the Regional Security System (RSS), was one such leader.