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‘Missteps in past coming home to roost’- Hon Fraser on crime

- recommends stronger penalties; brave legislation & arming of police
Speaking on the upsurge of violent crimes in the Virgin Islands, Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), right, has said Lawmakers must be brave enough to pass legislation that protects the citizens of the territory better. Also in photo are Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), centre, and Attorney General Baba Aziz. Photo: Facebook
Road Town Police Station: Arming members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police (RVIPF) is one deterrent to crime, says Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3). Photo: VINO/File
Road Town Police Station: Arming members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police (RVIPF) is one deterrent to crime, says Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3). Photo: VINO/File
The SUV that three persons were in when they came under heavy gunfire in West End, Tortola on November 22, 2017. Two of the occupants died, which took the homicide count in the Virgin Islands to an unprecedented 10 for the year 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
The SUV that three persons were in when they came under heavy gunfire in West End, Tortola on November 22, 2017. Two of the occupants died, which took the homicide count in the Virgin Islands to an unprecedented 10 for the year 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the murder rate here in the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) reaching an unprecedented 10, with one more month still to go in 2017, Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has gone a step further than condemning the gun violence by proposing solutions to the problem.

Problem is real & serious

“The problem before us is real and serious, but can very easily be exploited with rhetoric for political purposes. While it is good to identify the underlying issues, casting blames without solutions will not be helpful,” Hon Fraser stated in an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online on the issue of an upsurge in violent crime in the Territory.

It is his belief that the upsurge in violence is “the symptom of a series of missteps in the past that are now coming home to roost.” Abolishing capital punishment, adapting every Western Liberal position on morality, and changing our sociocultural model to mirror Western Cultures, without a law enforcement reset, were all listed by the veteran legislator as changes that led up to our present state.

Stricter punishments needed

He further stated that if the authorities are sending mixed messages criminals are swift to take advantage.

“What’s the message to a criminal in a place that doesn’t have capital punishment? My take is, that a capital-crime can at worst draw a punishment of life imprisonment, which in reality could be as little as 15 years or less, and this is hardly a deterrent.”

The talk of stricter punishments is not new to the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) government as it was a part their 2011 Manifesto.

The manifesto had promised our children, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and ordinary law-abiding residents that they would enforce provisions which deal with illegal handguns and introduce 10-year minimum sentences for those caught with an unlawful firearm.

Six years later and the territory is no way closer to achieving security. Instead the gun violence has escalated.

Empty words; Lawmakers must be brave

Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) had again promised to address the issue of gun legislation at the first sitting of the House of Assembly in 2015; however, that too were just empty words.

While the mandate for security falls primarily on the Judicial arm of government, Hon Fraser pointed out that that Legislative arm has a part to play as well. “Lawmakers must be brave enough to pass legislation that protects the citizens of the territory better. One such means is to make laws for certain crimes that carries minimum sentences. Case in point, the possession of illegal firearms will see prison time for some, and another punishment for others.

“The battle against crime is a two-way street, Legislators can’t expect to leave their responsibility up to the Judiciary which itself has its own set of circumstances. This is not going to change unless social pressures are brought to bear upon those who are in position.”

He continued by advocating for more police presence and good intelligence as a deterrent to criminal activity.

Gun violence is here; arm the police

“The territory is badly in need of a law enforcement reset. Gun violence is here, and it will stay here if we continue to regard it as a fact of life rather than the scourge that it is. First, we must staff our force adequately second, we must equip our force adequately and probably most importantly, we must never put our force at a disadvantage.”

“I can say without fear of contradiction that currently; these three conditions are not in the favour of our Police Department. Coming from the UK, where there is always a Police Officer on your block, or not far away, and trying to practice the same style of policing here where the closest Police Officer is miles away without a patrol car, can’t work.”

The Representative of the Third District was not shy in emphasising again for the record his support for arming police officers. “It is not rocket science that criminals armed with firearms will have a decided advantage over Police Officers armed with nightsticks. And further, as a consequence no Police Officer will put themselves at such a disadvantage.”

The façade of being safe because of the Special Forces was dispelled as Hon Fraser explained that the squad “engages after the crime is committed, as opposed to the Patrol Officer who’s a deterrent.

“I find it strange that it was seen fit and quite welcoming to have armed Police Officers with machine guns all over the island after the hurricane by the same people who argues against having our Officers armed. I wonder why that was the case. Just curious.”

24 Responses to “‘Missteps in past coming home to roost’- Hon Fraser on crime”

  • Hmmm (27/11/2017, 09:30) Like (28) Dislike (7) Reply
    Fraser trying to stay relevant.
    • ramone (03/12/2017, 15:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Excuse me, Fraser is part of the missteps of the past and part of our failing future. He needs to go home and stay away. He and his henchmen ruled this place for over 20 years and we the people suffered greatly. No I won’t forget.
  • okay (27/11/2017, 09:30) Like (27) Dislike (4) Reply
    He still is not a leader
  • Strupes (27/11/2017, 09:35) Like (34) Dislike (4) Reply
    If Fraser felt the Premier is a waste of time then he should have supported Fahie motion of no confidence in the Minister of Finance and Premier. Now he here talking trying to get back in the good graces of the people. Just get away.
    • @Strupes. Get serious (27/11/2017, 14:36) Like (3) Dislike (21) Reply
      Fahie no confidence motion was all a game. Frazer doesn't play games...If Fahie was really serious let him go and sit down with NDP back benchers try win them over because now is the right time for the no confidence vote
  • gun situation (27/11/2017, 09:58) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree that there is a gun problem and I am for harsher penalties for gun violence and illegal firearms. I am also for arming the police... people behaved better when we had (honest, trained) armed police on the roads post Irma. However, I am also for allowing upstanding citizens who are property owners to legally own firearms. Put in place the mechanisms to do so and mandate that they do at least 1 day of gun safety training and shooting yearly, and we will have citizens who obtain firearms legally so they are registered, and are equipped to defend their business and homes. We cannot allow only the miscreants in society to bear arms. It's a recipe for disaster.
    • Mc Hammer (27/11/2017, 14:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hammertime: agreed w/@gun situation regarding police being armed, however; can’t trust ‘em
    • pete (27/11/2017, 19:16) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      My God I do not believe it. In the USA it is that because guns are allowed there is a problem ( the anti gun lobby never mentions that Chicago and D.C has the strongest anti gun laws and the most gun violence/murders. Here we have anti gun laws. still the criminals have guns (and they always will) and now we are talking a day for training for legal guns!! Get over it. Punish from the smallest crime to the biggest and punish rapid AND PUNISH WITHOUT CONSIDERING WHO!!! There is too much of that. Start being strict with scooters/bikes/no parking zones/speeding. stopping for passengers etc. etc. Our Cops should be writing tickest as fast as the pen can travel and another group following up. THEN THE VIOLENCE would SLOW
  • ... (27/11/2017, 10:00) Like (10) Dislike (40) Reply
    all jokes aside Frazer is the man to lead us out of this post hurricane melee
    • @...I think so too. (27/11/2017, 14:33) Like (1) Dislike (21) Reply
      Frazer is definitely the man at this point and time to stop us from sinking and get us looking like a serious place. Right now we look like a joke and the world laughing at we
  • jack (27/11/2017, 10:11) Like (8) Dislike (26) Reply
    thanks Mr. Frasier we still believe in you to lead us to the promised land
  • HeavyHand (27/11/2017, 10:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Liberal position on MORALITY or better yet on individual rights over the acceptable norms of society....... we will always push the boundaries and if allowed we will break them. Freedom and individual rights must fit into the norms of the greater society for which you live, there must be a healthy fear in the people as to what we will and will not accept.

    Social & Cultural ....those that are invited to live amongst you must bring improvement to your culture, be similar or must be willing to adjust to your way of life.

    Make the Changes Now before its too Late!!!!!
  • Hmm (27/11/2017, 11:36) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    He is talking the truth but still not the mam to lead us. I encourage any new party with strong upright women and men to come forward now and proclaim your interest in being the new wave iut of the box, deal markers, law changers and makers for our BVIs. Its a new dawn its a new day. None of these parties VIP or NDP are capable visionary leaders to move us forward. We need people who understand the value of our own people ( caribbean people). Who understands the value of small business to help keep stability in our country and who recognizes that most of these 1960s legislation and laws needs to be looked at not by the church but by people who has no bias in society. A group with guidance of some of our veterans ( Mr. Mac) who understands finance and its direction in relation to the rest of the world. We had money and we never used it wisely for advancement or edification on any level of what grows our BVIs. NOW IS THE TIME!!!!! I WILL SUPPORT ANY PARTY THAT COMES FORWARD WITH A PROMISING PLATFORM WHO IS WILLING TO LISTEN TO THE EXPERIENCED ONES THAT HAS DINE WELL FOR US AND ADD CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE IDEAS TO REBUILD AND MOVE OUR BVIs to a world competitive level and promote national pride and future internal investments for our citizens. Securing a future for woman children and men of the British Virgin Islands.
  • wize up (27/11/2017, 14:14) Like (13) Dislike (12) Reply
    It's simply my personal opinion: the issues we have in BVI stems from leadership: our leaders will quickly run off to Florida and meet with cruise ship operators or jet off to New York for a tourism summit than host a town hall meeting to speak with our people: I will continue to say we the people are only significant in our own country just before an election....we must understand the Devil will find work for idal hands:
  • batman (27/11/2017, 14:17) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    I agree with the keader from D3.As a people for too long now we have been too soft on crime. When we have a certain Politician proudly posing in a pucture with a convicted murderer on facebook saying that the person was not a criminal was disgrace to the territory. This would not have hsppened in any other country without this Rep. being haul before an ethical board. With the latest murders we should wakeup. Not even our children are safe when they stand in the way of these heartless thugs. We must stand united now. Beleive me i am really concern driving on our roads at nights . We need a leader who is not afraid to speak out.
  • We are Joking (27/11/2017, 14:38) Like (1) Dislike (26) Reply
    This is not a Joke People we are sinking. Hate him...Like him... Frazer is the Leader we need
  • FBI (27/11/2017, 16:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Guns guns and more guns blame Scotland yard
  • de silent one (27/11/2017, 17:33) Like (0) Dislike (24) Reply
    Kudos to Hon. Fraser for his consistency in lobbying for the police to be armed and the security of the territory and its citizens/residents, times has change and we need to change with it too. It will bring about a change in behaviour from our want to be criminals.
  • fish (27/11/2017, 17:45) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    All of a sudden fraser is the man on the WHITE horse?

    He came to the people in 2015 and you all rejected him hands down what has charged?

    Just a bunch of hypocrites on here blogging frat
    • wize up (29/11/2017, 19:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ fish: please don't forget his own political party affiliates abandoned him just after the same elections: his own political affiliation took both of his titles (chairman and opposition leader)....
  • Retiree (27/11/2017, 18:37) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    What we have is a reaction force and not a proactive one, but that's what will happen when you have corrupt ppl running the force.

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