‘Meet the Commissioner’ initiative to be launched

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‘Meet the Commissioner’ initiative to be launched
Police Commissioner Vernon Francois
Police Commissioner Vernon Francois

In an effort to continue improving relations with the public through communication, Police Commissioner Vernon Francois plans to begin a series of community town hall meetings dubbed ‘Meet the Commissioner’.

According to a Government Information Service (GIS) press release, this programme will also include a quarterly press conference involving the commissioner and other senior members of the police force.

The commissioner said the Police Force will also place greater emphasis on road traffic by designating patrol points on various parts of the island.

Meanwhile, Francois said a number of milestones in policing were achieved last year despite many challenges.

“We propose to continue our intelligence-driven policing and community partnership efforts in the New Year. It is our expectation that our crime fighting efforts, particularly as it relates to property crime will be augmented by the recently commissioned Automated Fingerprint Information System,” he said.

Commissioner Francois asserts that in his capacity he intends to continue to praise the efforts of noble and dedicated police officers, likewise he is prepared to punish those who display errant behaviour.

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  1. Last week our neighbourhood in Marisule, experienced an attempted car jacking and a drive by shooting in broad daylight.
    In both separate cases no one was hurt, but the neighbours are frightened and tourists have vowed not to return to the nearby hotel.
    When drug dealers operate openly right next to the Seventh day Adventist.church, amid piles of broken bottles , cursing,loud arguments and blasting music, no wonder that pedestrians avoid the area...but other criminals have now drifted into it..!
    Property owners are afraid to report the perpetrators, fearing violent retaliation ...and somehow any police raids in the past never turn up any drugs. Either they have been warned ahead by a “friendly” cop...or they have a system of avoiding detection.
    Why...you have only to watch. The drugs are stashed in trees, and in the nearby “shacks” for the hundreds of tourist taxis, high school students , and others who now come here to the Rum shop to buy drugs.

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  2. "The commissioner said the Police Force will also place greater emphasis on road traffic by designating patrol points on various parts of the island"- this is nice, BUT what's needed is for Police to patrol in and around the ghetto areas. That is where the majority of the criminal elements come from, THIS IS A KNOWN FACT.

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