The Acting Police Commissioner in St. Lucia, Errol Alexander, says criminals in the tiny Caribbean island are behaving as if they are in Jamaica!!

St. Lucia recorded a near 15-percent decline in murders in 2014, when compared to 2013.

But since the start of the year there has been a worrying rise in the rate of violent crimes, including gun attacks on members of the Police service.

Speaking on the weekly programme, ‘Call the Police’, on Radio St. Lucia, Commissioner Alexander extended the warning to say that unlike in Jamaica, St. Lucian Police will take whatever measures are necessary to protect themselves.

His comment came days after gunmen fired several shots at a Police station.

There was also a recent incident where a group of young men confronted a Police Constable at a Carnival event.

No one was injured in either incident.

Commissioner Alexander says criminals must know that the Police have a right to defend themselves and will match force with force.

He says criminals are free to assume that they have more firepower than the Police.