Top Cop alarmed after shots fired at officer

Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, has expressed alarm at an incident Tuesday in which a gunman opened fire at a police officer on Riverside Road.

The officer,who was not injured, returned fire, but it was unclear whether the gunman who fled the scene, was hit.

“It is very alarming and concerning to me when I hear that young people will fire at the police,” Moncherry told St Lucia Times.

He said he wanted to send a clear message that police officers, like any other citizen, have a right to defend themselves.

The top cop observed that the law outlines what force can be used in specific situations.

“In some cases, that can result in death,” Moncherry noted.

He declared that he will not sit by and allow criminals or would-be criminals to attack his officers and support it in any way.

Moncherry told St Lucia Times that he understands that members of the public would be concerned.

However he gave the assurance that the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) will continue to do its best to ensure that citizens and visitors are protected.

The Police Commissioner explained that since taking up his position, he decided to adopt a zero tolerance regarding crime.

“It begins with the small ones – I don’t know if you are aware of the ‘broken window’ theory: If you do not attend to the very small offences, then you may have a problem with bigger crimes,” Moncherry explained.

“What we are going to do in the coming weeks is to ensure that we deal with every offence whatsoever, so we are going to adopt a zero level tolerance to crime on the whole,” the Commissioner explained.

 

18 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 13, 2017 at 5:24 pm Reply

    criminals shooting at police officers….that is how serious crime started in Jamaica….we have to watch it and not allow it to get out of control…..

    1. Anonymous
      September 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm Reply

      It is already out of control. That is why it has gotten there. It is good though. Let those jokers experience the fear of ordinary citizens. Can’t hide behind that badge anymore.

      1. Proud St. Lucian
        September 13, 2017 at 8:39 pm

        Seriously?

      2. Anonymous
        September 13, 2017 at 9:55 pm

        Yes seriously. Their incompetence and unprofessional attitude is the main cause for crime. Sure they cannot stop crime outright but if they get results criminals will think twice. You call from the middle of town to report a burglary. They saying they have no vehicle. How long it taking to walk from HQ to anywhere in town. Maybe them being victims of the crime wave will lead them to act. Useless bullies.

  2. MetYo
    September 13, 2017 at 6:14 pm Reply

    I am a bit confused at the “very alarming and concerning” statement since the police officer was in civilian clothing at the time of the shooting, What evidence is there to indicate that the shooter was aware that his target was a police officer? I would definitely be panicking to hear that a uniformed police office was targeted.

  3. Anonymous
    September 13, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply

    Sad but true!! Lord have mercy

    1. Anonymous
      September 13, 2017 at 8:42 pm Reply

      If Lord had mercy the world would not be in kaos

  4. b
    September 13, 2017 at 8:43 pm Reply

    The guy knew very well it’s a police officer who gave the order to Stop .Why he didn’t stop .Why take out the Fire arm turn and discharge so many rounds of ammunition.Tge pokice officer did an excellent t job by returning Fire .

    1. Cyril Peter
      September 13, 2017 at 9:01 pm Reply

      Why is that gunman still alive

  5. Cyril peter
    September 13, 2017 at 8:58 pm Reply

    Why is the PERP. STILL ALIVE

  6. Jo Shmo
    September 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm Reply

    To keep a garden clean & thriving ……. you need to eliminate the weeds … #gallows

  7. Anonymous
    September 13, 2017 at 10:06 pm Reply

    Bring back Restore Confidence. Simple

  8. Merciful
    September 14, 2017 at 4:25 am Reply

    The police have to clean up they back yard, no justice for the poor. The police are the biggest murderers. Up to now the impac is still an issue, the DPP contract is almost expired and yet nothing is being done about it. So what do the police expect to happen

  9. Bad gyal
    September 14, 2017 at 6:34 am Reply

    These lucians don’t know what their want. Police this police that. Wahhh . Police do their job., u bash them. What u want frrom them?

  10. Anonymous
    September 14, 2017 at 8:09 am Reply

    The cops are criminal…And thief …also…bad boys police…

  11. Anonymous
    September 14, 2017 at 8:40 am Reply

    So the Top cop wasn’t alarmed when criminals were busting shots at innocent civilians.Only when his men are fired upon he takes it personally?

  12. Anonymous
    September 14, 2017 at 2:21 pm Reply

    Blah blah blah more talk from those in authority followed by no action as usual they can fire at us but not at police welcome to waking up from your dream.

  13. Anonymous
    September 15, 2017 at 7:53 am Reply

    This police Hierarchy is a waste. They are clueless, brainless, senseless just to name a few. The Commissioner should have just remained quiet. Are you only concerned about the crime situation because a police officer was shot at. Are youuuuuuuu! What’s about we citizens who are forced to endure the killings and gun battles almost daily. You have said nothing. Where is your strategy to combat the crime situation, where is your organization’s strategic plan. Non existent?
    I thought so. This is the worst this organization has been and we the citizens are being punished because of their incompetence.

    Where is the minister of National security in all of this. Men bet men pwerl. It seems like this office attracts the worst of our ministers. This guy is also clueless and should relieved of his position. He is definitely incapable of setting direction for the force.

    Government should demand that the police commissioner and his other commissioners come up with a workable anti crime strategy and if they can’t, relieve them of their positions. These lazy arses.

    Vernon Francis was our last commissioner. I hope there is someone in there who can continue where he left off. At least he tried.

    I wish those IMPACS guys well. At least they tried. Now we can see what the country is without their boots on the ground. They were all hard working men. Rumor has it that some of them will be charged later this month or early next month. This will be a sad day for this country. The criminals will be further empowered and will further terrorize our streets and we law abiding citizens will be forced to run for cover. This will be the situation as the current crop of police managers are only concerned about their salary and safety. This is why we are being encouraged to defend ourselves. Oh what chaos this will be. In The absence of a functional police force I will have to heed the stupid advice of the COP and will defend myself and family. Never thought I would have to take on the job of the cops. But citizens we have no choice. We cannot surrender to those criminals. We need to save Saint Lucia from her gaping wounds.

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