Senior Cop speaks against law breaking officers

Senior Cop speaks against law breaking officers

“The Police are not above the law!”

That’s the view of a senior Police Officer in response to a photograph taken of a Traffic Police vehicle which had a broken number plate and a broken indicator light.

The photograph was taken yesterday, January 4, 2015, by a Saint Lucia Times reader.

According to the senior officer, driving such a vehicle is not an offence for which someone can be arrested but can be issued a ticket.

“The same way if a driver is driving a Police vehicle and he does not have a seat belt, a Traffic Officer  can stop him and issue a ticket,” the official told the Times, adding that it does not make a difference if it is a Police officer in the driver’s seat.

According to him, a Police driver must make sure that the vehicle being driven conforms to the traffic regulations

 “You can’t stop people and tell them that you need to get your lights fixed and we are driving vehicles and our lights are not fixed; so it does not make a difference if you are a police officer or not because the traffic act speaks to everybody,” the official asserted.

He told the Times that the Police must set the example because an officer driving a vehicle with a broken number plate is actually breaking the law.

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  1. Robocop
    January 5, 2016 at 2:20 pm Reply

    So when are they going to tell the accountant general to stop hugging the money allocated to fix police vehicles

  2. Stay in ur section
    January 5, 2016 at 2:31 pm Reply

    I remember when I nearly hit a police van by the Marchand Market – they coming up Water Works and I going down.

  3. numbers
    January 5, 2016 at 2:32 pm Reply

    When a light is broken and needs repair or replacing if it takes time to so do you cannot attend to their accident because the vehicle light is broken?………just asking

  4. police defender
    January 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm Reply

    Is it the police drivers responsibility to do. Up police vehicles?

  5. pretty b
    January 5, 2016 at 2:52 pm Reply

    Yh. And tell them to do the right job.

  6. The Commentator
    January 5, 2016 at 5:53 pm Reply

    Have the necessary resources been allocated to the Police to allow them to repair their damaged vehicles?
    It could be that the senior Police Officer is just passing the buck knowing full well what the constraints are. The alternative was for the officer to say that he cannot attend to the traffic accident because the Police vehicle has a broken number plate. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place.

  7. Dominic
    January 5, 2016 at 6:09 pm Reply

    Then a young constable will get reported because he cannot attend to a report with damage lisence plates. You guys have to be very careful when you all say things because almost every police vehicle we have in the. Force right now are in deplorable conditions and a smart gringo reading that piece. Hmm I smell trouble.

  8. Anonymous
    January 6, 2016 at 3:16 am Reply

    the law is the law what is good for the goose is good for the gander

  9. All eyes can see
    January 6, 2016 at 9:47 am Reply

    I ea driving no more POLICE VEHICLES they all have a defect of something, and not forgetting the PM said ” Do not expect any new vehicles or new police officers until 2017. That is y they had to bring in SPC’s as regular police officers. But they can find money to bring in HAM and all kinds of huge contracts in Babonneau and other places

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