“We are not in Jamaica… We have a right to match force with force” – Commissioner tells criminals who attack cops

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“We are not in Jamaica… We have a right to match force with force” – Commissioner tells criminals who attack cops
Acting Commissioner of Police Errol Alexander
Alexander
Alexander

Acting Police Commissioner Errol Alexander has sent a stern warning to criminals after a number of attacks on the police in recent times.

Speaking on Wednesday’s “Call The Police” programme on state-owned Radio Saint Lucia, Alexander said: “We had our meeting last week with the Police High Command and we are on high alert in relation to defending ourselves.

“So I am sending a message out there that if the criminals think that we are in Jamaica, we are not in Jamaica, we are in Saint Lucia, and we will take whatever measures necessary to protect the safety of our police officers.”

Alexander’s comments come days after reports surfaced that unknown individuals opened fire on the Richfond Police Station in Dennery on Sunday July 26, 2015 at about 4:30 a.m. No one was injured.

The top cop also disclosed that missiles were reportedly thrown at police officers on patrol on Chaussee Road in Castries.

But Alexander said the police is not backing down and will use whatever is necessary to defend themselves.

“I want to inform criminals that we are not flat on our backs and we have a right to defend ourselves and we have a right to match force with force, and if they believe they have more force than us, well fine,” Alexander said

The commissioner also disclosed that several young men confronted a police constable on the last day of Carnival, however the officer “froze”.

“That is why something did not happen. But I am saying if you are so bold in doing so we will be bold in taking the relevant action that we have to take. We have to protect ourselves,” he said.

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  1. The comissioner never spoke about revenge. What he is saying is that if you attacked police officers don't expect them to just stay there. And police never created criminals out there. There will always be criminals out there. Name me one country that you will find no criminals? Are we saying that in every country police officer create criminals?

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  2. These are all the attributes of a failed state. It occurs when the police feel that they are not the upholders of the law but rather the punishers. Don't you think that there will be more sympathizers and families of deceased persons than the 1000 odd cops that we have in St. Lucia? You people need to wisen up police are there to protect persons not to issue threats about having weapons. If someone steps out of line and issue threats to the police then they should be arrested and processed. Mr. Commissioner what makes YOU feel that you have the right to met out punishment to all and sundry, THAT IS NOT YOUR ROLE. Thats the role of the court. Is that the reason that the Court remains closed? The US and UN is watching and observing!!

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  3. This police force is dead waiting to be buried. It is now being managed by a group of people who cannot even run a police station much less a police organization. They are nothing but political prostitutes. Alexander needs to tell the public who were the SOUCERE police officers who went and tell the IMPACS investigators things they knew nothing about (LIES) for promotion. They f...... up Francois for position. the just start getting heat in their a........

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  4. Lol after reading both sides I'm smfh. Someone mentioned backward they r rite wat da f**** us. Have to do wit u all or Iran fight ur own fight smfh

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  5. What the heck is he saying? He is not well informed....saying that Jamaican Police are afraid to kill criminals, or that because there is the existence of Indecom here, then our cops hands are tied? Thats so far from the truth. Maybe someday you will reach the point where will start killing more people than the criminals do...something to ponder upon.

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    • I issue in Jamaica is dat the bad man have more bullets than the police. In some parts of Jamaica the police can't afford to go cuz they will be out gunned. I think this is what the commissioner is trying to say that they will match the thugs resources.

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  6. AND IF THE AMERICANS DO NOT WANT TO GIVE OUR POLICE AMMO FOR THEIR M16s TO TAKE OUT THE CRIMINALS THEN WE SHOULD APPROACH THE RUSSIANS FOR KALISHNIKOV AK47s RIFLES AND THE AK47 AMMO.
    AMMO IN THE HANDS OF THE POLICE IS MORE REASSURING THAN AMMO IN THE HANDS OF A CRIMINAL. GIVE THE CRIMINALS HELL ALEXANDER. GIVE THEM HELL.
    "Move your grass by the counter, go and ask your mother if she don't remember Corporal Alexander, avant mwe shoot baddow"

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  7. When politicians interfere in the runnings of the RSLPF this is exactly what happens. My solution, Let LaCobs be Commissioner.

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  8. This is what happens when politicians assume roles and responsibilities that they have no expertise in. La Corbs playing commissioner these days and the end result is there for all to see. A dysfunctional police force headed by a clueless and brainless police commissioner. If that is the face of reform then Saint Lucia is in grave dander - from criminals and the likes of la Corbs. Oh what a difference a leader can make. This is why Francois will always be our Police Commissioner. No analphabet will take his place.

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  9. AA- and dem police wonder why the US is monitoring them. How can you make a statement so bold and open... didnt he read the IMPACS report.

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  10. i can only shake my head at some of this comments, but them again everybody entitle to their opinion, we talk and keep talking until the problem is at our door, and them we have to call 'the same police' we cry down, i applaud the reference used by the AC/COP, presently the level of respect for the police in Jamaica have deteriorate drastically over the last year,; is that how we want St Lucia to come? The USA now talking about Human rights abuse when everyday a civilian get killed by the police, criminal or not. Mr COP, do what you have to do, to make this lovely nation safe.

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  11. Jamaica is no good but where is the place for that subject in this matter???? Dude get yourself prepared before making those stupid statements.

    Where is the Commissioner Vernon Francois?????????? he needs to come back.

    This guy thinks with his feet and talks crap.

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    • TO YOU STEPH
      MR. ALEXANDER SAID IT LOUD AND CLEAR..STRAIGHT TALK..NO BULLSHIT TALK..HE MADE ALOT OF SENSE....AND YOU VERY WELL KNOW WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT...PUT YOURSELF IN HARMS WAY..YOU WILL FIND OUT....FIGHT AND PROTECT YOURSELVES OFFICERS OF THE ROYAL ST.LUCIA POILCE FORCE....DON'T LET THEM...BE BOLD, FORCEFULL AND STRONG WITH THEM ALL...

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  12. force with force St Lucia police ???
    watch out..The US will tell you the police is wrong and the criminal right.

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  13. The top cop sound like a man under pressure from 360 degrees. He is under pressure as he knows his bosses expects him to do something and do it fast. He has the IMPACS saga weighing on his shoulders. He cannot do anything which can be interpreted as violating the human rights of suspects or the guilty one(s). He is under pressure from the public as he knows the public expects results. He is under pressure from his own self as he don't want to appear ball-less because if he don't catch those who staged the attacked they will have de-balled him.

    Now is the time to show what you are made of. Instead of, in the relative safety of the studio, brag these empty "uncomprehensibles", be seen to be doing something. You see, unlike me, I want these guys to be shaking in their underwear. I don't want these guys occupying the same status as me a free spirit and not under the law. I want to be able to differentiate myself from them or him by virtue of the fact that I abide by the law and they don't. Those guys or guy rather there was no police........no law and order! The onus is therefore on you to protect your relevance!

    So quit the senseless loud mouthing and go after whoever it was attacked the police station and let the old saying "you don't take on the police and win" remain true.

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  14. The reference to Jamaica is that there is now a police oversight authority (INDECOM) that investigates police atrocities and extra-judicial killings. Since the advent of INDECOM (I.e. The Independent Commission of Investigation) police killings have had a significant fall in the overall murder statistics

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  15. That reference to Jamaica. When you got nothing to say just keep quiet. Reflection of intelligence is poor. The commissioner sound a lil childish.

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  16. Why speak out now when there is an attack on police officers?
    What about all the innocent Saint Lucians who have been brutally killed within the past few months?
    Why was there no statement from the police force to the criminals that such will not be tolerated?
    You are there to protect the public, not just yourselves!!!

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  17. Why Jamaica. ? You guys with your run down social lifestyle and backward mentality. Have no reason or right to even compare yourself with Jamaica. And this commissioner is a real idiot Jamaican police don't argue with thugs. You take up the gun you eat bullet so don't even think about comparing. You will never see our commissioner coming to threaten thugs. You might be lucky to see him expressing condolences to a bereaved family. Wether police or thugs Jamaicans don't so longtime talking.

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    • Backward mentality! I live among Jamaicans, if anyone has a backward mentality it would be them. I always say, Jamaicans are intelligent but they are the dumbest as well. Loud and arrogant. Don't be putting your people down for such! The commissioner of police should not have made this statement, 'some things are better left unsaid commissioner'even if it is the TRUTH.

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  18. is Mr Alexander serious! how the hell do you want crime to stop when u promoting revenge? a warning saying shit about matching force with force! this is absurd. those who are suppose to serve and protect looking for ways to kill. soon, lucia, with this attitude will become like Iran. always in war against ourselves. Damn you Mr Commissioner for such immature behaviour!

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  19. Excuse me,we do not have to be in Jamaica for thing to get extreem as it have been getting ,take a second and look at the criminals URL (the police force ) are creating. Going around beating people and killing people like its fun ,yes URL have a rite to do url jobs but URL officers who abuse the law are the reason URL are dealing with these situations ,talking bout Jamaica .like we followers ,nah URL got to deal with the monsters URL have created. I'm not saying its rite what they are doing but URL brought it this far.dont u think the people are getting tired of seeing they brothers shot by officers and nothing is done about it ,they are getting tired an like URL taking it to the next level ,they to are taking it to the next level and shooting back ...keep applying pressure an see where this goes ...url are the one creating monsters ,creating criminals and bring in the guns and drugs. You can't fight fire with fire ,u gone bring down the island

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  20. Is Mr Alexander serious? How the hell do you want crime to stop if u teaching revenge? A warning saying shit bout matching force with force! This is absurd. Those are suppose to serve and protect looking for ways to kill us. Soon I'm sure if this attitude continues we'll be like Iran. Always in war against ourselves. Damn you Mr Commissioner for such immature behavior.

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  21. For someone in a position of authority to make that kind of a statement he must really think like a politician
    and think the people are death,dumb and blind,is there no other way,how can you fight fire with fire,what does Jamaica have to do with St Lucia,what really are you trying to say,do you think you are dealing with brainless people?

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  22. IT IS TIME YOU POLICE TAKE OVER KILL THEM CAUSE THEY COMING TO KILL U ....WAH TO DEM RASSCALS

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  23. well i say don't tell them you going to defend yourself just make the USA aware of it and after just take the action needed... Or if we want to follow America laws so much then introduce death penalty. We need to choose if we are following British law or America law from now. Cause the choice we will have to make in coming months will determine the response our police department will get.. But i support my country in the end result protect our people and make Home safe again.

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  24. i need to be hired to get rid of those thugs my price is not high and my op will be highly confidential the only one will know about me is me and who hired me i am the mechanic

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  25. why the reference to Jamaica? This so-called commissioner has no idea what to do or say since he simply inherited this position!!