Former Police Chief wants stop and search patrol

Former Police Chief, Cuthbert Phillips, has advocated the creation of a special police patrol during the Christmas season to stop and search suspicious characters at night.

The former Police Commissioner’s farm house at Cul de Sac was broken into at the weekend and a so far undetermined number of items stolen.

Phillips told the Times it was about the seventh time that such a break-in has occurred at the same location.

“What I am recommending is that the police get a special squad, sometimes you can cancel leave for the police band and all these things – you bring back men from leave and have a special squad at this time of the year to do ┬ánight stop and search,” he said.

Phillips expressed the view that the searches can be conducted into the wee hours of the morning.

He noted that during the night and early morning criminals might be arrested carrying bags and other stolen items.

Phillips said especially at Christmas time there is an upsurge in break-ins and the snatching of valuables.

He acknowledged that private citizens have a responsibility to secure their homes and other property.

But the former Police Chief noted that even when citizens put burglar bars on their homes, criminals use hacksaws to cut through the bars.

He told the Times that alarms go off all the time but the criminals are aware that it would take law enforcement officials some time to get to the premises where the alarm has been triggered, giving the bandits a window of opportunity to escape.

In addition, Phillips noted that even where criminals are caught in the act on security cameras, it takes a lot of time for them to be brought to justice.

He asserted that bandits are becoming so bold that they at times do not even bother to wear masks but aggressively confront citizens and rob them.



  1. Anonymous
    November 21, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    We need to resort to the cat o nine. I am sure that we will see a massive reduction in the prison population if it is reinstated. No long prison sentences. For stealing four weeks and fifty stroke. For robbery six weeks eighty strokes. For rape one hundred strokes and three months. Minor offences including deposing of garbage illegally five days twenty five strokes. Reckless driving two days ten stroked. With this menu law and order will swiftly return to fair Helen.

  2. Anonymous
    November 21, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Despite it may sound like a good idea to fight crime I do think it would violate our constitutional rights as citizens.As history has shown many of the big metropolitan cities in the US are doing away with this type of tackling crime.

  3. Anonymous
    November 21, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Everything America do you’ll want to follow their pattern give me a break.

  4. Isabel Lange
    November 22, 2016 at 12:15 am

    We should apply the law ver strictly. I do not know about America because it is not true. They do a lot more and patrol a lot more than we do. My human right is violated because these people are disregarding my safety and my right to live in peace

  5. LB
    November 22, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Stop and search was done in St Lucia years ago … it should be reinstated. The amount of arms, suspended drivers licenses, no drivers license, escapees which were uncovered was astounding. Bring it back! Violate my civilian rights? Hell no, only if i have something to hide.

  6. Anonymous
    November 22, 2016 at 10:35 am

    For the persons who are talking about violating their constitutional rights,let me inform you that the police has the power to stop and search anyone at any time. I totally agree with bringing back the stop and search criminals are becoming too embolden.

  7. Anonymous
    November 22, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I totally agreed it’s time for these criminals to stop. People work hard for a living and someone just come and rob you of valuables it’s not right. We always have to put ourselves in other people shoes. Would you feel please if someone rob your mom, dad or anybody that you care for of all their valuables no you won’t. So lets get some law and order back in our beautiful country. Let’s look out for each and in the end everything will be more peaceful. Peace and love goes a long way.

  8. John Williams
    November 22, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Total agreement with Mr. Phillips. One has to to be creative to meet the criminal threat. This and other strategies must be implemented for St. Lucian’s safety. The American stop and search was focused on black people. Once the police are able to safely defeat the crime menace, the quality of life will show improvement. Merchants pay for security which costs is passed to consumers etc. The gun problem needs to be addressed head-on. I say, mandatory long prison sentences for offenders. They eh coming out in a hurry.

  9. LucianGemini
    December 20, 2016 at 8:26 am

    This can easily be abused by police to ‘search’ anyone cuz they don’t even need a reason. And we know the black ghetto boys will be the only target. White collar crime given a break as always.
    Violence has only shown to increase violence why do you think people in the middle east use boombing instead of talking/negotiation?
    We need to solve the problem of poverty, lacknof education and low self worth. For some prison and licks eh nothing, they’ve been getting licks there whole life. These people don’t have a plan for 5-10 or 50 years, some don’t even expect to be alive! Licks! Eh nothing cuz they have nothing anyway and don’t expect that to change.

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