UNITEDPAC calls on National Security Minister Phillip la Corbinere to account for murder rate

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UNITEDPAC calls on National Security Minister Phillip la Corbinere to account for murder rate

d14eecd1-85ff-40c7-883f-3edfad1c27f9PRESS RELEASE – Readers may remember for the first three months last year St. Lucia’s homicide count was zero.

The Minister for National Security Philip La Corbinere immediately went into action bragging and claiming credit indicating it was as a result of measures he was instrumental in directing, rather than refer to any good work and other efforts of our police officers or maybe just how plain lucky and fortunate the country was.

Well and unfortunately that situation suddenly changed and murders occurred at an accelerated rate, as we would remember. The Minister immediately went silent and virtually invisible. The sad part was the continued absence of official sentiments of sympathy to the families of victims and reassurances to the general public of intolerance to those acts and that every effort would be made to minimize that situation.

Murder after murder and the Minister remained silent but only surfaced in a weak defense to the attack on the non-functionality of the CCTV cameras in the Chaussee Road area. To date who knows if camera operations have been restored in that area and if non-functionality is the norm in other cameras elsewhere.

For now and unfortunately we are at murder No. 2 and an act almost as horrific and savage as the last murder for 2015. Let’s see how long it will take Minister La Corbinere first to tell the nation hello for the new year, acknowledge those horrific murders, show his concern on serious crime in general, give reassurances and then give an address as to his plans for our most pressing state problem.

But then he must first have a plan and a convincing one at that and he must be able to inspire confidence in it so as to give us the citizenry hope. He must be able to at least finally earn his keep and show that he in control but not through displaying insensitivity and arrogance.

High levels of crime will not be good for our island and even worse all of the unresolved ones. We trust that the Minister will make every attempt to minimize the effects of IMPACS and its controversy on the operations of the police force and provide the police with the urgent support resources they need. The forensic service and court systems have both collapsed and now the DPP’s office is substantially rattled which to only exacerbate Bordelais’ already bursting remand population.

Last year in his own admission Minister La Corbinere claimed that a weakness in implementing the Anti gang Legislation was the absence of officers trained in that regard. Interesting it was only then such was realized and long after the bill was passed. To date has any officer(s) been trained?

Now we are hearing the Acting Commissioner saying they are awaiting training in the use of certain strategies in handling mentally challenged persons and so yet again is that recurring issue. Surely taxpayers deserve a whole lot more than that.

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  1. I would think that this a question that should be addressed to the criminals themselves, since they should be held accountable for their own actions. Don't blame the police or the politicians, unless you are a politician on the outside looking in. We have societal issues in this country and throughout the Caribbean region, when the smallest of problem is met with violence. These problems cannot be solved by any administration, it is a community issue that we keep deferring to politicians. Why all the noise, we already know that they can't fix it. We don't talk to our neighbors anymore, just look at the current suicide rate in the Caribbean and the reasons give for these attempts. Start your day by having a friendly conversation with your neighbor, even if it is just saying good morning.

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  2. Look at that picture. It tells a million words. But talk about IMPACS, who allegdely soucered the information, the high murder rate, the too many unsolved murders and rapes, a court system that collapsed, the crime lab closed, the remand population at Bordelais bursting, CCTV cameras non-functional, when will the family receive their justice for their son 's death ina police station, a new commissioner to be appointed, last year CID officers had no furniture and computers but they had pinez in their behind and the list of issues goes on and on.

    Some advice La Corbinere wake up and start to earn your salary and rectify these many issues. But you were good and fit to run after Timothy Poleon. Do not run after Chastanet and a group of individuals exercising their civic and constitutional rights. Better still take a good look at your picture and address your arrogance and pompous nature

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  3. This man is an indictment on the Kenny Anthony administration. If there is 1 huge reason among the many to vote this administration out is LaCorbiniere. A Waste of tax payers money.

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  4. You eh tired of having LaCorbs come on air and bluff St. Lucians? Haven't we heard enough from mate? It's a waste of time and energy to listen to him and expect anything meaningful or substantial. The same pappyshow from him and the other jokers. Day in and day out they're on air with their selected mouthpiece and specially independent news media to spew their propaganda and nonsense. When you can't control the press your create your own. Maybe he'll just make a surprise appearance on Shelton, Claudius, or Jadia's show so he can have a sympathetic ear and answer well rehearsed questions. Jokers! You all cannot fool us anymore.

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