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Fighting crime a matter of national resources- Hon Fraser

Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) said fighting crime in the Virgin Islands has to be one of national resources, meaning everyone has to play their part. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Premier and Minister for National Resources and Labour, Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) said all as citizens of the Virgin Islands have an equal responsibility to ensure security of the territory. Photo: VINO/File
Deputy Premier and Minister for National Resources and Labour, Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) said all as citizens of the Virgin Islands have an equal responsibility to ensure security of the territory. Photo: VINO/File
Some of the persons at the community meeting called by the Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews at the Stickett in Long Look, Tortola on January 16, 2017. Photo: Provided
Some of the persons at the community meeting called by the Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews at the Stickett in Long Look, Tortola on January 16, 2017. Photo: Provided
EAST END, Tortola, VI - Leader of the Opposition Honourable Julian Fraser (R3) exhibited a high level of maturity and passion for the safety and security of the Virgin Islands when he showed his ability to put politics aside and defend the Representatives of the Seventh and Eighth Districts, who are Members on the opposite side of the aisle in the House of Assembly.

Hon Fraser was speaking at a community meeting held at the Stickett in Long Look, Tortola on January 16, 2017. The meeting was called by Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews.

With a series of crime committed recently, including armed robberies and fatal shootings in the Seventh and Eighth Districts, the two Representatives, Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) and Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion Hon Marlon A.. Penn (R8), have come in for some criticism from members of the public.

In very brief remarks delivered,‎ Hon Fraser told residents that since 2007 when the Cabinet System of Government was introduced in the Virgin Islands there has been only two Deputy Premiers in the country and both were from Districts 7 and 8. "Those two members were the only two elected members of government except for the Premier who sits on the National Security Council."

He continued, "and if anyone knows the intricacies, the ins and outs of the police department and the security of this country, it is the representative of this area of the country.”

A matter of national resources

Hon Fraser told residents that if they see the police haven't been effective in doing their jobs the blame cannot be put on the two politicians. "It's got to be a matter of national resources."

This was supported by Dr Pickering when he told the meeting, "Because of the position I hold in the government I sit on some of the senior committees in the country and I see the work first hand that the Commissioner and his team is doing," he said while complimenting the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

Continuing his charge to the community, Dr Pickering said, "‎It is important for us to understand we live in a changing world, in a changing environment and as we are more and more prosperous ‎we have to be prepared to deal with different issues, different challenges, and not in the same old ways."

He added that all as citizens of the community have an equal responsibility to ensure security of the territory.

“It's not a job for the Commissioner, or a job for the elected representative or a job for the pastor or a teacher, it is a job for all of us and the more we work together the stronger our society will be, the stronger our community will be, the safer we all will feel," Dr Pickering said to the community of Long Look/East End.

9 Responses to “Fighting crime a matter of national resources- Hon Fraser”

  • boi frazer (21/01/2017, 12:47) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply

    You have really grown in political maturity over the years. You will make a much better Leader than those immature colleagues of yours who can't even keep their words to the public. That party has stained the foundation that Lavity built and need to change the party name to POH. Come out from among them and allow them to crumble like PEP and the others. Form the New VIP.

  • long look me come from (21/01/2017, 12:58) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    Fraser is the man
  • Real leaders (21/01/2017, 13:46) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    How can one be a leader if he doesn't come out of the first district. I for one have your back Hon. Fraser.
  • de silent one (21/01/2017, 18:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must admit that in or out of Government, Mr Fraser is the only notable one that has always advocate about the seriousness of crime/law enforcement and the police situation. He probably need to be given that responsibility to undertake and assist with the management crime. Hhhmm.
  • Bias (21/01/2017, 18:18) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Dead Horse. Time to stop beating it.
  • i from here (21/01/2017, 19:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I lost business due to crime in the bvi
  • LOL (21/01/2017, 20:47) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Frazer needs to leave Fahie and Sowonde to finish off the VIP. Sowonde is the political harbinger, a political grim reaper of sorts. Look at his track record of folding up political parties. Frazer need to join up with a few disgruntled NDP backbenchers and some new blood and leh we do this thing!
  • NewsFlash! (21/01/2017, 22:04) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    I disagree with Fraser and Pickering. Let me be clear district 7 and 8 reps and the entire government are responsible for crime in a BIG way. Had this being a rise in crime on tourists you'd be hearing the government singing some serious crime curbing tunes with multi-million dollar spending.

    Your government should develop crime prevention policies and strategies to protect you the citizens to make you feel safe. Pickering should be managing the Stickett better, it's a public space that's just left to rot. He's responsible for the "easy" deaths at the Stickett! There I said it because of poor management of the area. Don't go up on a god dam podium and not take any responsibility. The government wants the people to snitch but tell the people what you are doing to protect them. So there you go our country will not be any better because the politicians blame it on the people to go help all we god dam self and those foreign police officers they bring in to protect us don't give a shiiite!
    • Misinformed (24/01/2017, 15:57) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      How you could say politicians responsible for crime when the governor responsible for the police. Security being the responsibility of the Governor, it is stupid and hypocritical to be blaming the Representative from 7 and 8 Districts for crimes


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