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'Be Tolerant with us'- Sgt Rock to EE/LL residents

Sergeant Selwyn Rock has appealed to the communities of Long Look and East End to be tolerant with the police as they are ‘trying our best to fight crime.’ Photo: Team of Reporters
A handful of persons turned up for the community meeting called by the Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews at the Stickett in Long Look, Tortola on January 16, 2017. Photo: Provided
A handful of persons turned up for the community meeting called by the Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews at the Stickett in Long Look, Tortola on January 16, 2017. Photo: Provided
Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews had also urged residents of the Virgin Islands to assist the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) by providing them with information on criminals and criminal activities. Photo: Provided
Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews had also urged residents of the Virgin Islands to assist the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) by providing them with information on criminals and criminal activities. Photo: Provided
EAST END, Tortola, VI - Despite having its fair share of intolerable criminal activities of ‎murders, gun point robberies and more, East End/Long Look is said to have one of the most vibrant community groups in the territory and residents are being admonished to be more tolerant with police in fighting crime.

Residents heard this on January 16, 2017 from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force ‎(RVIPF) Police Sergeant heading the East End Police Station, Mr Selwyn Rock.

Sergeant Rock was addressing a community meeting at the Long Look Stickett where he said he and his team are usually very visible in the East End Communities, something he said will continue as they seek to strengthen partnerships. “We will also ask you to continue partnering with us. We can't do it alone.”

The community's partnership with the police has been credited for executing a number of initiatives, including road education and awareness campaigns put on by its consultative group. "That in itself was one of the initiatives to help ‎bring the community and the police closer together and also look at tackling the challenges we were having with the scooters, persons not wearing helmets and that sort of things, we can work together."

‘We are trying our best’

Sergeant Rock also appealed to the community to be tolerant with the police. "We are trying our best to fight crime."

Residents heard that police patrol throughout East End has been beefed up to the extent that a police officer was  ‎able to see and give chase to a man accused of shooting Frankie J. Fahie while robbing a customer in the man's "Fahie Boy Bar". Police were close by, however, the gunman reportedly out ran the officer and is still at-large.

12 Responses to “'Be Tolerant with us'- Sgt Rock to EE/LL residents”

  • ccc (22/01/2017, 12:08) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Blah blah blah blah
  • justice (22/01/2017, 12:45) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just remember its not the police that are murdering our citizens, they are not committing robberies at gun point or selling drugs to our youth.
    Help the police instead of being afraid to turn people in.
    • ta ta (23/01/2017, 22:47) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      As long as all rights are exhausted and all proceedings done exactly as prescribed/mandated by law so be.
  • EastEndman (23/01/2017, 07:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Visible in the Community? Passing in a vehicle now and again without engagement seem more like it. What about a good old fashion foot patrol? Stop and talk with the folks? There are a lot of elderly folks who are alone and would like to have someone chat with them. Devenish and the boy who marry the girl for the man who sell food used to do that. Since they leave thing gone down. I don't even see this man unless they have meeting.
  • de silent one (23/01/2017, 09:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where do we really go from here after this meeting, is it a one in lifetime thing due to the recent incidents in the area, then go back to the same way of policing? The police drive by in their vehicle, don't get out on a foot patrol to and interact with members of the community. They need to start doing some real policing. Things can be better, only if they do better.
  • Truth (23/01/2017, 10:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with east end man. The police need to walk thru east end and long look atleast twice a week on different days and sit with the people in the community and chat a little (make sure you wear a vest though) try it and see. On the other hand there are some police officers who does who done make things bad already by coming thru and roughing up people and not giving them a break, sometimes you have to use your discretion.
  • west end police officer (23/01/2017, 23:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the policing cannot reduce crime in a meaningful way but should be coupled with social intervention strategies.
  • Candi (24/01/2017, 14:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If majority of the members of the RVIPF wasn't so chatty and involved in so many crimes, the public would feel more comfortsable talking to them. So Mr Matthews, please get your officers in check.
    • talk (24/01/2017, 21:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @candi some officers not all. You still can find good officers man dont beat them down so bad. But i do agree weeding out bad apples before the whole box is spoil is the way to go. Some definitely talk too much case closed.
  • Usain (26/01/2017, 07:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Police need to get fit , get in shape to catch criminals


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