WhatsApp Broadcasts ‘Alerting Criminals’ To Police Operations

Saint Lucia police have expressed concern that WhatsApp broadcasts are ‘alerting criminals’ to law enforcement operations.

A senior law enforcement official observed recently that the practice of persons broadcasting messages alerting members of the public to when and where  there are traffic checks or road blocks, hampers the police from performing their duties.

Just this week, at least two such messages were making the rounds, although it was not immediately clear when they were broadcast.

“Yeah Messieurs, I see them pass down by Marina deh – bike in front, two vans behind; Gros Islet police,” a heavy male voice declares in one WhatsApp broadcast obtained by St Lucia Times.

The voice advises persons on the highway to “open you all eyes” because he was not aware exactly where the police were going.

“Look for them – they come from North going down,” the male individual says.

In a separate message a different  animated male  voice alerts people to a road block.

“Messieurs – all those that coming from work deh; road block at the back of Corinth. Watch you all selves; they searching everybody – stopping everybody. Watch you all selves messieurs,” it declares.

On Monday, the issue of the WhatsApp broadcasts about police operations was raised during the MBC Television programme ‘Police Insight’.

Aa message was broadcast via WhatsApp shortly afterwards asserting that the eyes of the police were now ‘opening wide’.

 

14 COMMENTS

  1. You can’t stop people informing other people of the police roadblocks, a similar situation exists in the UK and to make it even worse a navigation app in the UK called WAZE always shows areas that have slow moving traffic, accidents and police presence.
    I don’t believe this hampers police, its actually beneficial because if someone turns away to avoid a stop zone then invariably they have something to hide……

    • Let’s imagine for a second one of those criminals sees a road block and hastily escapes. The Police goes in chase. The criminal speeds near your house, loses control of vehicle and hits and kills someone near and dear to you.

      • GTA V but you make no sense…you said if the criminal sees the road block…obviously he didn’t get a message telling him don’t pass there. Had he avoided the block there would be no need for a police chase so what’s your point exactly? LOL

  2. Hence the reason why, we don’t see the use of these traffic road blocks; instead give the police a well equpt lab. and good materials to work with, also a special trained unit to go after these criminals who deprive people of their rights!

    • Zabo, you’re definitely on point. Excellent suggestions; that’s how it should be in this modern era. We can’t remain in the horse and buggy mindset and expect to solve modern problems; this is not possible.

  3. THIS IS FOR YOU’LL INCONSIDERATE POLICE DAT HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THEY ARE DOING.I AGREE IF PPL WANT TO RUN AWAY FROM TRAFFIC. LAST TIME I WAS STUCK IN TRAFFIC FOR 3 HOURS FROM CASTRIES TO GROS ISLET AND BACK, BABY ON BOARD AND ALL. THE COPS ARE STOPPING PPL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD TALKING TO PPL LIKE THEY ARE CRIMINALS WITH NO REGARD FOR THE TRAFFIC ACCUMULATING BEHIND FOR MILES SINCE THEY FEEL IS SOMETHING SMART THEY DOING BECAUSE IT’S PEAK TIME, RUSH AWAY, A TIME WHEN PPL FRUSTRATION CAN BE HIGH. AND THATS HOW YOU FIGHT CRIME, BY MAKING THE REST OF THE PUBLIC PAY FOR OTHER CRIMINALS. SOMEONE SHOULD DEVELOP AN APP THAT CAN ALERT US TOO, DAMN CLUELESS POPO.

  4. LoL…we always see most police as incompetent and unintelligent…it’s call mordern day technology and you likkle punks do not have any type of authority to prevent,give and take…hasn’t them same tecnology worked to yall advantage?as the world evolves criminals and crime takes up new strategies so it’s the cops job to go back to the drawing board and not just sit on their butts waiting on a salary….in that stupid police theory they might aswell confiscate every cellular phone on island and even tackle the local telecoms….is he saying whatsapp is the only transmedia via phone where ppl can relate info’s….what an imbecile!…what are their points when dem same phone sell out Buju and Kartel🤔

  5. Police aught to be smarter and one step ahead of the criminals. If the police sends frequent but fake alerts to counteract the criminals, receivers of these messages will only get confused overtime and may soon ignore those messages. Stop the excuses and use your intelligence.

  6. Da police is very well equipped as far as some of the members have been boasting. Instead of utilizing their equipment to target real criminal activities they target police colleagues who genuinely fight crime.

  7. When those hogs stop you they already have a wahj….shouting at you pull over like you’re a common criminal…look at your licence and then tell you it’s ok. They have no decorum, they just act like bullies throwing their weight(and trust me some of them are weighty )around. smh

  8. The criminals are way ahead of the police in technology. They had a watsap video which apeared to be taken from an aerial point of view,which would sugest that they are using drones. The video showd two policemen patroling the entrepot area,near the intersection by the school,and a voice alerting the fellows to look out “you see them,they at the gap at entrepot by the school fellers look out.

  9. To speak to people without causing confrontation is being able to use – Tact / being tactful. And that is the problem that has been prevalent with some of our officers.

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