The Castries City Mayor has questioned whether the Royal St Lucia Police Force is a security company or was designed to protect citizens. He said City Police Officers are working hard to protect Castries but are not receiving any assistance from the Royal St Lucia Police Force. He said the situation is especially evident when there are cruise ships in Port Castries. According to Mayor Francis, there are hardly any police officers when cruise ships are in port. By comparison, he says, when there are entertainment events taking place, there are shortages of uniformed police officers providing private security services. He has called on the Commissioner of Police to put an end to these special duties. He also questioned why police officers should be in uniform while performing private security duties and called for the matter to be investigated.