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Open letter to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force

By Letter to the Editor

Letter-007“To provide a professional policing service and in partnership with all communities to create a safer environment for all people in St. Lucia” – the mission statement which can be found on the website of Helen’s national security team.

Why then is it the loud cry of many locals and foreigners alike that there is a dearth of the aforesaid? There have been a few rants on social media within the past few weeks and months and they appear to have fallen on deaf ears. However, I will still voice my frustration here. Probably not out of the hope of anything being done, but out of the sheer need to rant in the hearing of someone else apart from my dear wife. I won’t give much details but just hear me out.

June 19th, 2016 – Father’s Day: Incoming call from dad while having breakfast at about 9 a.m. I answered this call a bit disappointed because I felt like my dad didn’t give me a chance to call him first on Father’s Day. As I was about to tell my dad that he should have waited for me to call him, I was interrupted with the bad news that he had been physically assaulted at his own house in a community on the outskirts of Castries city by a pair of ….. umm… young men.

This house is the first home I knew. This community is where I used to like visiting on holidays. Now, it is just a hotspot of crime. In fact, recently someone else in the community lost their dad to a knife wound inflicted by their sibling.

These youths had been trespassing and for calling upon them to desist, they advanced towards my dad to the point of his front door and they attacked him leaving him with head injuries including a broken nose, eye damage, shoulder injuries and a list of other discomforts.

Breakfast halted, I rushed down to him to take him to the hospital while my cousin contacted the police. Lo and behold, the commencement of my frustration.

These ‘young men’ are neighbors of my dad. March 19th, 2017 they haven’t been arrested yet! Three months short of a year. After the initial report on June 19th, the prime suspect had gone into hiding so he wasn’t in the area for some time. But he visited periodically. Whenever he comes around my dad calls me and I call the police. There is always a reason why they can’t go at the time or why they take so long that he leaves. This has been my plight every 1 or 2 weeks when he is in the area.

You know what pisses me off even more? The attitude of these officers. It’s like they pretty much fist you as a victim with an entire lube-less forearm! Calling so frequently and speaking the Queen’s English so as to not unnecessarily aggravate the officers (because they more vex you call), I have to brief whoever answers on the case each time. The investigating officer is never at work during the hours I call, he never returns my call when I ask for one, his supervisor defends his lack of enthusiasm on the matter, and everyone seems to just be clocking out their time while counting down to the early pension that police officers can get.

I almost wish that every one of them suffer bricks and stones to the face like my dad did so they can understand what we go through without any sort of protection from them. But then I remember that there are actually good officers on the force. I am yet to have come across one when needed, but I believe they exist somewhere within the ranks.

Thanks for finally issuing a warrant for the arrest a little over 6 months after the assault. Thanks for sending a police van to drive through without stopping on that Sunday about 2 months ago and just say you passed and didn’t see him. Thanks for informing me that there were no vans in the yard. Thanks for telling me you will look into it. Thanks for putting me in my place when I expressed frustration. Oh, and thanks to Inspector ….  for expressing how upset you were with that sweet lady at the police complaints commission for simply calling to find out what was going on.

I understand that the police force may be suffering due to a lack of resources. But I think we are fooled with an impression of what that lack is. Elementary (or maybe early secondary) school taught me that a country’s greatest resource is its people. Do we lack resources? Or is it resourceful people that are in short supply? Ever wonder why the public sector pales in comparison to the high standard of ethics realized in the private sector? Being told to call back when the investigating officer is on duty to get information on a life and death situation is unacceptable. In case it was forgotten, remember your pledge as a police officer:

“As a member of the Royal St.Lucia Police Force; I pledge to perform my duties honestly and faithfully, without fear, favor or prejudice. I shall serve my country with the highest level of integrity and professionalism. I shall display a high level of pride and dignity, and at all times uphold a positive image of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. This I pledge.”

If customer service training is needed, I would gladly facilitate. And whatever many of the Saint Lucian populous can do to assist, I’m sure we would be happy to. Just do what you pledged to do as an officer. Please. You have friends, you have families. Consider another officer doing this to your family. I’ll go back to tracking down these guys on our 238 square miles to give more tip offs. Hopefully one day they’ll be apprehended.

Who knows, the “heavy SSU presence” on the site of the DSH project may actually be more useful tracking down criminals such as those in the many outskirt communities of Castries.

Meanwhile, pray with me that I don’t “arrest” them myself because I am adequately equipped to do so. I just don’t want to do it for fear that I may be bringing in dead meat.

Impatiently waiting,
MJ

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24 comments

  1. These stories of police incompetence are far too common. There are some good police officers but sadly I believe these to be in the minority.

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  2. Dear Desi & his son, you are right that what was allegedly done to your father is revolting, BUT IT IS NOT!! Stop making it out to be what it is not ( There are witnesses who can speak on the accused behalf). Your father is a very revolting man and that is not the first person he has done that to. So while you are impatiently waiting for the police to arrest the accused the community is also IMPATIENTLY waiting for your father to stop his disgusting behaviour and for him to stop lying .

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  3. MJ r u Captain planet? Choops I'm patiently waiting for u to shut ur ass! Go find something better to do in the community instead of lukin for petty medals. Mr. Desi, when r u gonna quit? Ure a liar! There are witnesses who can attest to that story. I saw whn u hit the alleged with the stone.

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  4. They are not police officers with a passion they are officers for job security and good salary. I know of persons who wish to be officers to serve and protect their country from children but never got a chance to be interviewed and that is because they mother or father are not part if the force.

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  5. Sad but true. Where is the love for country or humanity ?

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  6. stop lieing to the public your house was destroy long ago by some people u try to pull the same stunt on stop ur lies.everybody in the community no that your dad is the most disgusting person in the community an besides he knock the person with uh stone first and its not trespassing cause everybody passes the same route u just choose to pick on the poor young man like you always do for years stop ur lies

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  7. The English man would have taken care of business. They were hungry for the position, so they found reason, whether real or manufactured, to get rid of him.

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  8. The commissioner can do nothing about this as they all in the same class. Lazy CCC,s. They just watched the clock callenda and cash. Police have been on strike for years. could you imagine with all this crap going on they had the shamelessness to claim they had a 59% detection rate for 2016.

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  9. Is the author Michael Jackson? (pun intended)...I feel your pain Sir. I wish you all the best though, and I will pray that your father remains safe in his unsafe environment.

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  10. I don't expect nothing less from the police. The in thing now, is call the nearest police station. So the public has to do their work for them. Police don't want to work. But it is sad this issue continue to drag. That's why there dill always have evil.

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  11. I have first hand knowledge of this kind of service. (I was in my mid -late 20s) Nothing was done absolutely NOTHING! I gave up and moved away, far away.

    I do hope serious progress is made in your dad's case and the perpetrators get the jail time they deserve.

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  12. That's so sad. Am a police officer 6 years service and ever time I hear such I feel embarrassed. I will strongly agree that we have a bunch of lazy, unprofessional and I don't car officers around. But yet again hearing the seriousness of the situation any officer could have responded and make an arrest. I can't say y this wasn't done. To end my comment I will say we have too many senior officers in the force who have the attitude that they work in the force already and are just awaiting their time to leave with their gratuity. Be advised that you can take action against the officer himself at the civil court. May God help us all.

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  13. Ok

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  14. St Lucia police officers need to act more professional MJ, I agree with you this is frustrating.That's why St. Lucia has so much crime because of their don't care attitude they never know nothing,protecting the identity of rapists where they should have their faces plastered all over town it's like criminals are protected more than the victims..Sad smh

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    • Look at the type of people becoming police officers. Are they the grade A students? Nope. They are those students you would normally classify as "lazy". Sure there are students who are naturally "smarter" than others but there are many more students who succeed because of hard work. The police officers we have here usually form part of the lazy bunch. Those who lack work ethic. It is those same lazy officers that eventually get promoted taking their mindset to the top and filtering down. Any decent officers would get frustrated in such a system. Since job options here are limited they opt to stay in the force and make a salary. In the private sector we have performance appraisals. I wonder if the same holds for police.

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  15. It's sad wen u hear of those incidents where the police do not respond to assist the public.whether the officer is on duty or not another officer can assist n make the arrest for him...smh poor excuses given to the public shame on the bad apples who make the rest appear just as bad....

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  16. These officers are all clowns. Just a bunch of young, lazy, trigger-happy idiots who abuse their authorities. I don't like them for these reasons and more. Hopefully oneday something will be done.

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  17. Hopeful our Head of Police find time to read his open letter and can make a positive change in the system.
    Everyone who called police ever have received the excuses there is no vehicle available at moment or I call you back (but never call back). Please lets get rid with this bad habits.

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  18. If you shoot one or both, sre how fast they will come

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  19. Sad that this is the standard of service one is to expect should they ever find themselves in a situation requiring police intervention.

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    • stop the lies for uh lil money

      your'll lucians just quick to talk like your'll no what happen this man is well known to the community as uh dirty dog.un thats not the full story stop urll lies to the public desy U want to throw stones after the person un u want to be right stop making up stories un making the police look bad ridiculous

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