Police vow to go after gangs responsible for recent shootings

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Police vow to go after gangs responsible for recent shootings

Intelligence obtained by police suggests that the recent spate of violence and shootings in the Castries area for past two weeks is a result of criminal gangs.

That’s according to Commissioner of the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) Vernon Francois who has made a promise to go after these criminal elements and ensure that they are brought to justice.

Francois told the media today (July 17) that the police force has developed new strategies to deal with the issue. He said that instead of conducting patrols, intelligence is being used to target specific communities believed to have these criminals. Areas such as Chaussee Road, Grave Yard and Leslie Land are major target areas.

He recalled that at the beginning of the year, the RSLPF had to deal with a similar situation in Morne Du Don.

“The force was able to tackle that through intelligence-led policing, putting together our targeted packages,” he said.

According to him, 15 arrests were made during those operations. The top cop said the same strategies will be used to rid communities of the individuals responsible for the recent shootings.

“We will not back down…we have achieved some degree of success,” he added.

Last week, the RSLPF recovered three firearms along with matching ammunition while four persons were arrested and charged for the murder of Yulanda Fredrick. In relation to the shooting of a 19-year-old male in Conway, two people have been arrested. They are likely to be charged once police investigations wrap up.

François said, “I want to warn the criminals in those areas that we are out to get them and there is not going to be any back down on our part. We are going to do everything it takes, within the laws of St. Lucia to deal with the criminal elements in our midst.” A lot of resources, he noted have been mobilised to ensure that the police are successful. There will also be a greater focus on increased police presence and patrols on streets and targeted communities.

Questioned as to whether he agrees with the statement made by National Security Minister Victor La Corbininiere that the murder of Yulanda Fredrick may have caused the upsurge in criminal activity, Francois was at first reluctant to comment. However, he added his voice by stating that the while the murder could have caused some violence, he believes it may have stemmed from communities being against each other.

Further, the top cop reiterated that the police force is doing all it can to reduce crime with limited resources.

He believes that the upsurge in crime suggests that there may be several societal issues at hand. “I want to assure St Lucians that we are doing all in our power to ensure that the criminals are arrested and charged, he reiterated.

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  1. Doh worry Karma eh easy when we avenge our fallen soldier Rambally business will boom !! #GAZAandFearless RIP Cocoy

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  2. Every crime that happen in St Lucia link it to Graveyard just because of some incident. But no one comments when the guys that were arrested from Morne Du Don for the shootings at the start of the year when they walk into Graveyard and started shooting. Graveyard never denied been what they are but is not them alone that carry out gang banging techniques but all that happens is one set of people that get harassed for your useless speculations and rumours. Lucians start making educated assumptions not ignorant talk to sure how uneducated and ignorant your'll can be.

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  3. Everybody seems to pinpoint the Graveyard when a murder happens. What about last year carnival when Conway fella just try open fire on Graveyard just on their own business and kill innocent person in the process even the girl after the boat ride and when Leslie Land guys came and burst gunshots in the Graveyard and kill the innocent girl where are the perpetrators for these crimes. what about when ppl just come attempting gang banging techniques against their enemies and is Graveyard that is blamed for it. Crime is not originated by one area only. Police need to get their intelligence right and go behind any criminal despite even if its their friends and stop playing it is better to just put the blame on Graveyard just because of some guys outburst on national television making Peter pay for Paul. The Media itself should stop every time a murder or crime incident is reported on television stop using file footage of past incidents and showing the vicinity of Wilton's Yard like they were responsible in some way with the act of crime despite the fact the crime happen at some remote place. All that that brings speculation to people minds and have people speculating their thoughts and bring useless drama in people lives just through these reporting flicks

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  4. Everybody that saying is this person that is boss and crime leader and the one that's responsible why don't you give evidence to the police. Why don't yall say whem yall own family and friends involve just trying to take the pressure from yourselves and family and put it elsewhere

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  5. How I sick?? A criminal is a criminal no matter if u undercover or well known...my point is there hv lawful nd unlawful criminals

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  6. hmmmm truth and choops your'll really know alot i think the police should pay your'll a visit or your'll should bring in the evidence...but i find police should really b tracking down computers and phones to arrest all those that writing saloptay cause your'll no so much yet still keeping it away from the police and still complain when they're doing their jobs then again mr commissoner you missing out on some of the hot spots if u going for one go for all

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  7. Police cah get no criminals cause some of them are the criminals...wat about the 5 fellas they kill vf couple years ago were any police arrested?...watch hw 5 ppl Jus die in vain r.I.p bird

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  8. Hope there is something in the anti gang bill that allows for suspected criminals to declare source of funds

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  9. I am happy to hear that the police are awear of these murders. It looked for awhile that they were asleep.

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  10. Url always deh 2 cum an put pressure on police officers...if url were in their shoes wtf wud url do...choops tired of url crap....let da police do their jobs an stop critizing.... if url hav better solutions pertainin 2 issues in st lucia join da force an work sum out buh until den leave da officers alone...give dem their break

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  11. Really what about the gun that killed the young man in the prime ministers office. Some guys from the graveyard were caught with the gun taken to court. The court put them on bail in the sum of 1000 guess what he paid bail and skipped St lucia so the judicial system is a waste.

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    • Until since you know which gun that kill the guy in the prime minister office ,and you have evidence to prove this fact why not testify. You will be protect in witness protection plan. All yourll just repeating speculation talks and rumours like yall were the witnesses on the scene or was in the planning by the killers and just putting useless trouble and harassment in people lives

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  12. Yes response to choops so many of ur'll involved in a lot n ur'll still on the streets wen ur'll get caught is the only times ur'll pleading for justice. As far as I'm cincern all of ur'll guilty if u put a leader in the grave yard come n hv a confrence bring the press.

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  13. It's the graveyard dats weh the cops have to go an let the guys live dey life trying to look for their yutes

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  14. Hey Choops you need to give Francois and his men the dirt on tibar the gang leader so they could deal with him. Seems police looking at the wrong people for their intelligence work - how come they eh visit you yet. They always giving out their numbers - CALL THEM CHOOPS DON'T BE AFRAID YOU MAY BE SAVING YOUR LIFE AND THAT OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. DO WHAT'S RIGHT PEOPLE. Ever hear of Anonymous - come on we need to safeguard our ourselves, families and in particular our children. Society please assist the PO POs when yall can, PLEASE AH BEGGING PLEASE

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  15. The police are not gaddaires either give info or shut up. What have you all done to make Saint Lucia safer besides hide in your homes. Smh no wonder crime is rampant.

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  16. So here we go again. The police go start searching communities and we will see them come on the news and complain that police unfair and should look elsewhere for trouble makers. Mwe memme.

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  17. François how comes tibar the gang leader from grave yard was invole in the killing of the Conway young man and he still on the streets

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  18. Dem officers go always be steps behind the criminals...u nt seeing is fellas frm outside town tht doin deh ting nd making it look like is town mun tht fighting down each other smh