Police being blamed for society’s failure?

A senior police officer has questioned whether law enforcement officers are being blamed for what the society cannot handle.

Superintendent Moses James was addressing police officers, business people and other stakeholders at the Vieux Fort Police Station Wednesday.

The occasion was a raffle draw.

The raffle was launched to raise funds for police crime fighting initiatives in the South of the Island.

According to James, some persons assert that crime fighting is the job of the police only.

He explained that he reads online comments that bash the police as being ‘lazy’ and doing nothing.

However, James said he believes that the family is at one end of the spectrum of society with the police at the other end.

“The reason that a young man can find himself at my precinct or my custody suites or whatever is because every other agent of socialisation has failed,” he declared, adding that this includes the family.

“If it goes through the school, the church and right up to me- it is because everybody else has failed, that is why I have to deal with that problem now,” James declared.

He questioned why the police should be blamed for what society cannot handle or has failed to handle.

But James noted that the police do not have the luxury of failure.

“We would have a failed state or a failing state if the police cannot control crime,” James asserted.

“I need for us to refocus now – rather than use singular pronouns like ‘I’, we need to use ‘we’ and ’our’ in this fight against crime as it is our business,” James said.

He noted that the police need the support of the public.

James also spoke of the need for early intervention programmes to deal with the root causes of crime.

In this regard, the senior police officer noted that the police in the South of the Island have been able to record  success stories through such means, including making peace between factions at Belle Vue and Pierrot.

According to James, law enforcers  in the South of the island sought to address the root cause of problems by moving beyond traditional policing to have partnerships with the community.


  1. Anonymous
    July 5, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    The biggest challenge we faced with is that the little “badboy-Nigga” wannabees are being taught not to fear authority. In stead of respect they give Nigger attitude. Respect the police and the rule of law, and we be OK.

    1. Anonymous
      July 6, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Respect is earned. How many police officers have actually earned that? Do I need to give you a run down of their habits? Can you name one police officer you are willing to use a role model for your own child?

  2. Unknown
    July 5, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    We as a people can not blame the police for the failure in society, it is we as parents an the way we raise our children. We are to blame and when the police are doing their jobs we crying police brutality cause we are gaining from their crimes. The police officers are humans just like us with lives an just the uniform that separate them from us

  3. Merciful
    July 5, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    It’s to late for that. The police force has to deal with the impact before it can see the way forward. If the officers representing the St Lucia police force think they are above the law and they will not be procecuted when they have committed a crime. Why should we the tax payers help the police solve any crime when it’s some of these same police officers partaking in criminal activities.

  4. Anonymous
    July 5, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I totally agree with you my man…when you tell the crocked police what you so they can solve a problem they go back and tell their friends who say..and soon or later you get killed

  5. Society
    July 5, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Let’s remember the name.. police force…anytime something is force on people in general they will rebel some way….lets not forget slavery we…were forced into slavery…until we started rebelling….history comes in a circle..

    1. Jean St.Lici
      July 5, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Shut up, damn idiot!

  6. Anonymous
    July 5, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Are police officers are very unprofessional . However I think the impacts report is blown out of proportion. My 2 cent

  7. Anonymous
    July 5, 2017 at 8:17 pm


  8. Anonymous
    July 6, 2017 at 4:29 am

    The capitalist elite is.responsie for all the crime and the social decay in. St Lucia we have security companies paying guards 520 ec dollars a fortnight whiles the boss sit in a office earning 20 thousand and over a month king the big. Gorriila is not doing anything about. Exploitation just talk talk talk we need a revolution to get rid of the capitalist who live in cap. Estate. Rodney bay and borne terre

  9. Titus Emmanuel
    July 6, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I do not know?wheather is sociaty or people or the law inforcement what can be don when some one live in the usa and left his houses in a cumunity and neighbours breakdown both houses and take it to another property in the neighhood and build it on theire,s.is it not a serious CRIME ?thief. Damageing others property invasion crimenal activity. These has happen in st.lucia what can i do how can i get police .ssu low enforce ment to take on this investigation to bring these indevidutos to justice and without i come to st lucia .my number 413.345.4381.

  10. Anonymous
    July 6, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Great lecture my police friend I don’t know you personality. But you are very intelligent.. Your words should be taken heed .and your officers should followed suit. Regardless you will fine lots of idiots who will complaine critisize and condemn what you will want to see the country move forward. Am saying to you continue to keep on what you keeping on you must also remember they critisize Christ.. Moses. Noah. But it still came to pass .

  11. Anonymous
    July 6, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Poor Parenting, my friends, it’s all about poor parenting. Don’t expect the police to correct your parenting mistakes. Hold & guide your children closely.

  12. Anonymous
    July 6, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    The Police themselves are the most croocked ones in St lucia.thay need to do away with them all and recuit other police.fire all of them all and let them go and do what best .i wont mention. What else they are too corupt.tricks..Vice.the whole 9 yards

  13. Anonymous
    July 6, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Let them go and do what they do best

  14. Vieux Neg
    July 8, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Bro James you are so right and on point. Your job (and that of your colleagues ) is not an easy one, especially in a society that is so partisan politically tainted and right or wrong is therein determined.
    We as citizens must toe the line of social and moral rectitude and develop our society on these principles.

  15. Blueprint of parents
    August 7, 2017 at 12:10 am

    all the corruption we are witnessing it this beautiful land is happening because parents are not training there children when they are infant’s,to love other’s,say please thank you,be respectful of people.instead the parent sets the example of hate,get off my porch before I shoot you,talking that way directly in front of the young children,using hate speech,between family members.speaking of other faiths in a condemning manner,all these training courses the wonderful young children from infancy grow into what they have been taught.it’s no wonder as young as 7,8,year old boys or girls,are robbing killing,parents allow video games with gang war fare,to be played,so at a very early age the child’s mind is conditioned,and reality and fiction,combine.
    so it all begins at home with parents who care themselves first,to be able to bring a young one into the world,good principles,good morals,if they have no intention of training the child to grow up with society be kind,learning importance of supporting themselves,respectful of bosses,so on so forth,then they Just Need To Keep THERE LEGS CLOSED.