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Julian Willock calls for a National Security Advisor to be appointed!

- Mr Willock said this officer will coordinate between all law enforcement agencies & report to the Premier
Political aspirant and former Permanent Secretary Mr Julian Willock has called for the appointment of a National Security Advisor as the Virgin Islands grapples with an upsurge in gun crime. Photo: VINO
Mr Julian Willock was today Wednesday March 7, 2018 interviewed on the Fresh Radio Vybz online radio show by host Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’. Photo: VINO/Facebook
Mr Julian Willock was today Wednesday March 7, 2018 interviewed on the Fresh Radio Vybz online radio show by host Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’. Photo: VINO/Facebook
According to Mr Julian Willock, the open borders are a cause for concern when it comes to addressing crime in the Virgin Islands. Photo: Internet Source
According to Mr Julian Willock, the open borders are a cause for concern when it comes to addressing crime in the Virgin Islands. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Known throughout the Virgin Islands for being the voice of the voiceless and not afraid to take on hard issues and bring forward solutions, Mr Julian Willock has yet again brought forward another solution and suggestion, this time to address crime.

Mr Willock called for the appointment of a National Security Advisor (NSA). He said the new post and person is to report to the Premier and indirectly to the Governor and National Security Council.

He was today Wednesday March 7, 2018 being interviewed on the Fresh Radio Vybz online radio show with host Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ and answered a question on what needs to be done about the out of control crime situation the Territory is facing.

We need a National Security Advisor- Willock

The former Director of the Water and Sewerage Department said that all law enforcement agencies need proper coordination and a central person who can work with all the heads in addressing their role in security of the Virgin Islands (VI).

He said while all the focus is always on the Police Force, “we cannot ignore the Customs, and Immigration Departments and Her Majesty’s Prison’s role in crime fighting and reduction.”

Mr Willock said the Heads of the four agencies (Police, Customs, Immigration, and Prison) will work very closely with the NSA to come up with a comprehensive and wide ranging crime strategy to reduce crime that include our sea borders, trafficking of people, security challenges at Her Majesty’s Prison, and other criminal activities, so that efforts are coordinated and all law enforcement Departments are on the same page, and there is an exchange of relevant information.

He said with the downsizing of Government “now is a good time to make this happen.”

The former Permanent Secretary and political aspirant said the new NSA will also look at the role of other agencies that have border mandates, such as the Conservation and Fishes Department, which is responsible for addressing foreign boats illegally fishing in our waters, and the National Parks Trust  for boaters using their moorings illegally.

The role of a National Security Advisor

The NSA will also look at the role of the BVI Ports Authority and the Shipping Registry in border protection, as part of an overall crime strategy, according to Mr Willock. Most of the “guns coming into the Territory,” Mr Willock said “comes in on boats because of our wide open borders.”

Mr Willock insisted that “we need all hands on deck to help reduce crime, the churches, the schools, non-government organisations, of course parents and the home while fixing the human resources issues within the police force.”

“If we do not come up with a national crime plan then our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, et cetera, will continue to shed tears over lost loved ones,” the young Virgin Islander stated.

The local businessman further warned the National Democratic Party to listen to his message on the need for a NSA “and not the messenger.”

31 Responses to “Julian Willock calls for a National Security Advisor to be appointed!”

  • Emerson (07/03/2018, 18:53) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    Let us build a sea wall and keep the drugs and guns out. A wall is the most sensible thing right now. We can also make someone else pay for the wall. The diversion will prevent people from focusing on the up coming elections 2019.
  • Emerging Leadership (07/03/2018, 19:09) Like (42) Dislike (31) Reply
    This young man will certainly become a strong contender if he decides to run for elections. One thing I appreciate about this young man is that, he is fully researched, and as well, presents a solid base for his position whenever he goes public to present his ideas and solutions, whether you agree or not. Keep up the good work young man. Our Virgin Islands certainly needs you and other emerging leaders right now.
  • voter (07/03/2018, 19:23) Like (25) Dislike (16) Reply
    Hats off to Willock he has ideas and solutions
  • wize up (07/03/2018, 19:25) Like (25) Dislike (19) Reply
    Willock for premier or what
  • BetteGH (07/03/2018, 19:34) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
    Sorry sir, that is entirely too much power in the hands of one person.
    • Reply (08/03/2018, 06:18) Like (18) Dislike (9) Reply
      Give him creddit for thinking outside the box .
      I never thought on the other agencies

      Clap Clap Mr wilock
  • chad (07/03/2018, 19:48) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who will be this so called advisor? Remember under the Constitution, national security is a shared responsibility between the national security council. Although the Governor has overall responsibility for the subject. What will this advisor tell the NSC? Will that person be a political appointee or one who is qualified for the job. Not a bad idea, it's just that the government is slow forward thinking on this. The governor calling the shots using his Constitutional and Colonial powers concerning the subject, remember according to his record he is from a security background. Not sure if appointing one to advise those who supposed to already know will work.
  • Longshanks (07/03/2018, 20:20) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    One thing you can say for the esteemed one is that he has some good ideas and a pulpit to make them from. I would certainly prefer his to those of some others who seem to political aspirants / agitators (eg Cromwell Smith). I wish this young man all the best, provided always that he works to protect the financial services industry which is the lifeblood if government revenue.
  • I will like him to be part (07/03/2018, 20:56) Like (13) Dislike (11) Reply
    of the next ruling party but what really bothers me and others is that when elected most of the time these brilliant ideas are thrown out of the window and other hard hitting ones appear or nothing is done at all and concentration is placed on the ability of robbing the country and fulling their pockets. When will all politicians done with this? In another world.
  • foxy (07/03/2018, 20:58) Like (16) Dislike (7) Reply
    He talking good he has my vote
  • Good Question (07/03/2018, 22:59) Like (2) Dislike (25) Reply
    will he get back his deposit money if he decides to run for office??
  • Wendy (07/03/2018, 23:47) Like (39) Dislike (3) Reply
    This idea is solid the man is thinking outside the box
  • About Self (07/03/2018, 23:55) Like (26) Dislike (19) Reply
    Sounds like a whole lot of self promotion. Then when voted in persons become just as corrupt as all the rest. BVI has become a place synonymous with a culture that breeds a whole lot of dishonesty and corruption. Why do you think the youth are doing what they are doing? Children watch parents lie and cheat, then grow up to be politicians and administrators and corner men and women who lie and cheat. Only difference is one group hangs in the street, the other group hangs in offices dressed in suits.
  • Diplomat (08/03/2018, 00:47) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another bureaucrat may add some value and change outcome but lack of administrative personnel is not the weakness. One weakness and threat is an extensive , wide open and porous border. Property and violent crime, especially gun crimes, is skyrocketing. The VI does not have a gun factory/manufacturer. The guns are pouring in through the wide open, extensive and porous coastline/borders. The borders need to be secured with increased marine, and air assets almost on a 24 hour basis. It must leveraged technology, ie, cameras.........etc to monitor the coastline/border. Further, more police presence is needed, ie, mobile, foot, motor cycle, bicycle.....etc. Tortola/BVI is a small area and mobile patrol can be critical means/presence in preventing crime. No doubt increased police presence would help to deter crime. Improved police discipline and professionalism, including information leakage, will improve community support. For the long term, community behavioral change is needed to reduce crime.
  • BVI STRONG (08/03/2018, 06:19) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Verne brown will be good for this position
  • Boo (08/03/2018, 07:14) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    Sounds good on paper but what we will end up with is another highly paid politically appointed toothless advisor to the Premiere. No different to the the wash of consultants but this one on a longterm political contract drawing a salary
  • nonsense (08/03/2018, 07:33) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
    The people in the police force, immigration and customs just need to do their damn jobs. Advisor for what?
  • apple pie (08/03/2018, 07:34) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    my my…love him or hate him he is the only one around that is not searching for relevance, the esteem is a force even before been elected
  • BVI STRONG (08/03/2018, 07:41) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    There are 3 types of people in this world! People that Make things happen like Julian Willock, those that Watch things happen like some in this Government and people that say WHAT HAPPENED? like the haters Take your pick BVI!
  • watcher (08/03/2018, 07:45) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Nobody else will do it for us; stay out there J keep pushing boss
  • See (08/03/2018, 07:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Any fool can bring a gun into the country on a boat
    No one checks anything . Locals shop and bring most anything in without duty a lot of times . Let's be honest people ... that's the way it is
  • watcher (08/03/2018, 08:53) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The last thing crime fighting needs is another level of bureaucracy. Even though the BVI loves bureaucracy, the more mindless the better.
    • @ watcher (11/03/2018, 22:58) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Fool the idea according to what I read is getting all law enforcement agecies in the bvi on the same page
  • Hmmmm (08/03/2018, 10:34) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    So whats the point of gov n cop
  • jack (08/03/2018, 15:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Every modern country has this level of coordination Mr Willock the bvi needs you now
  • Truth (11/03/2018, 22:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Willock boy you got to wait until vip gets in this government is too weak to do anything new and innovative

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