Police Force urged to create action plan to tackle crime

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Former Police Commissioner Cuthbert Phillips

Former Police Commissioner Cuthbert Phillips

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is being encouraged to create an action plan with clear priorities and objectives for tackling crime and making the island safer.

Former Police Commissioner Cuthbert Phillips said while he is not sure if there is an existing plan, he still believes that a comprehensive one is needed now more than ever, in light of increasing trends of crime.

Phillips who was a guest on News Maker Live on Wednesday evening, said the safety of Saint Lucians should remain a top priority and as such, moving to create this plan will help to tackle crime more effectively.

But the former top cop noted that in drafting such a plan, the RSLPF must engage in extensive public consultation, through town hall meetings, which he acknowledged have started, and through surveys.

Meanwhile, Phillips said there is usually an upsurge in break-ins and muggings during the upcoming holiday season stating that this is something that the police should also focus on.

“I don’t know if they have such a plan, but you have to look at Christmas which is coming. What is the nature of crime? Where is it taking place? And what time it is taking place? And you have to put things into perspective.”

He said the RSLPF must also give consideration to implementing a ‘stop and search’ operation especially at nights. Phillips suggested that a special squad of police officers should be used for this.

Equally important, the former top cop also highlighted the need for Saint Lucians to look out for each other, even though less people are not ‘being their brother’s keeper.’ But he stressed that in order for the police to be more effective, they must get the assistance of members of the community.

Phillips said these days when a neighbour sees a crime is committed, they most times prefer not to say anything. This, according to him, not only breeds division, but encourages criminal activities.

“If we want to fight crime in Saint Lucia, the whole community, everybody must be involved,” he stated.

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10 comments

  1. Sounds like St. Lucia has gone downhill, I've been there twice before (last time was almost 10 years ago) and we were planning to go again in the next couple of years but have changed our minds because of what we have been hearing about the crimes against tourists.

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  2. mr phillip was a police back when there were no cell phones. the action plan should b that the community should turn in the criminals at their home and stop harboring them

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  3. Trade in guns for cash, no questions asked.

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  4. The police , is a burden to the state , no value for our money..Total waste of resources. Needs a snake up big time.

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  5. Here is the solution. Police should be rewarded by their achievements. They should be committed, well trained and adequately armed and on the beat 24/7. Efficient radio communication is key. The police must respond to every crime reported in a timely manner, no more than 25 minutes and failure to do so, should result in an investigation and swift action taken to rectify the situation. The police must stop sleeping on the job and stop using the stations as play houses. The public must feel safe, and be confident that reporters will remain anonymous.

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  6. The crime situation will not improve if wholesale changes are not made to the police. first they must be renamed as a service and not a force.

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  7. I once went to provide a statement about an incident at a local police station and heard the police within the department saying really horrible things about a woman who had called to report a robbery.

    While I commend a vast majority of the police for the very difficult job that they do, I was DISGUSTED by the lack of professionalism that was being shown by those police officers (who I can name of course). They showed no urgency in dealing with the lady's report and felt that she was so much of a bother. I sat there and wondered what they would be saying about me when I left.

    Sad situation indeed...

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    • I had an experience at the Marchand Police station reporting a robbery. It was quite unbelievable. I could not believe those were the people who are supposed to protect and serve. I know not all cops are bad, but the bad ones are really messing things up. That visit gave me a clearer understanding of why the public is sometimes hesitant to assist the Police. Then they claim they have community policing, smh.

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  8. I am happy to see so many rallying to reduce crime in our homeland. We need, not just an action plan, but URGENT ACTION.

    Let us DO something.

    -Can we invest in cameras island-wide?
    -What about an anonymous hotline for reporting criminal activity? - and I mean truly anonymous. The British
    guys were really good for anonymity when they assisted our police force
    -What about emergency phones placed at strategic locations?
    - What about police being placed at strategic locations along major roadways island-wide? (not the same spot every day, of course)

    We CAN do something to send those criminals a STRONG message, particularly during this festive season. Let us take OUR country back from those criminals. We are so fortunate to live in a country of majestic scenic beauty with lovely people. We cannot allow a few bad apples to ruin our peace and our image.

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  9. Mr. Phillips we appreciate your insight but we need to look from inside the police force for some answers also. Have you ever called the police station and the load of bull crap questions some inexperienced office would ask instead of getting their A**** off and attend to the public. I believe this behavior has contributed to the see no evil hear no evil attitude of the public.

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