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Neighbourhood Policing for East End/Long Look

Long Look Community Consultative Group members collecting contact details for key Police officers to aid the process of effective communication. Photo: VINO
Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Roy Stoutt said residents of Long Look can look forward to seeing a lot more of him as he will be making his presence felt as the RVIPF seeks to become a friend of society in its quest to serve and protect. Photo: VINO
Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Roy Stoutt said residents of Long Look can look forward to seeing a lot more of him as he will be making his presence felt as the RVIPF seeks to become a friend of society in its quest to serve and protect. Photo: VINO
The community meeting was attended mainly by the elderly folks of the community. It is the hope that the messages from the meeting would meet those who remained in their homes. Photo: VINO
The community meeting was attended mainly by the elderly folks of the community. It is the hope that the messages from the meeting would meet those who remained in their homes. Photo: VINO
LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI - Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Roy Stoutt has been tasked with the supervisory role of assisting with the formation of a Neighbourhood Policing Group for the East End/Long Look communities.

Stoutt, who has a well-grounded root in the Long Look/East End community, was part of the team led by Acting Commissioner of Police David Morris that met residents of the East End/Look Look area recently to express appreciation for their cooperation, which resulted in the sentencing of Allen Baptiste and Yan Edwards to life imprisonment for the murder of Keri Harrigan.

Stoutt, in addressing residents, took the opportunity to speak on the importance of Neighbourhood Policing and its likely effects on the stabilisation of crime. “It’s important that the police and the people work together. We cannot do it alone we have to work together,” Stoutt stressed.

To aid the process of establishing the Neighbourhood Policing Group, Stoutt said that there will be some dedicated officers in each area who will be frequenting their designated areas by interacting and patrolling. “When you have any problem you are going to speak to the officers, I think we’re going to put one or two here but right now we are really limited but we are still going to do that.”

Mr Stoutt noted that the RVIPF is in the process of identifying the specific Police Officers to be assigned to the programme, “Because we want the best to interact with the public.” The selected officer will go through intense training before Neighbourhood Policing is put in the forefront.

“What we are asking is for the public to cooperate with the police. When the police come around to you and you have a problem speak with them and make sure that we are working together on the same page.”

Speaking generally about the Neighbourhood Policing programme, Mr Stoutt said “We want to revive some of those that have gone dormant and we are going to try our best to see if we can get that as soon as possible. So in every district we’ll help to reduce crime.” Crime prevention, he said, will also be part of the strategies that would require the support of neighbourhood policing groups to help combat crime throughout the territory. “That’s where someone will be looking out. You going away on vacation, tell your neighbour don’t think that your neighbor wants to know your business, you don’t want to go away and when you come back you meet your house broken into.”

The Long Look Community Consultative Group was given accolades for the work it has been doing and are also being charged to take on the mantle of ensuring community policing becomes key among residents.

Stoutt said that residents of Long Look can look forward to seeing a lot more of him as he will be making his presence felt as the RVIPF seeks to become a friend of society in its quest to serve and protect. 

9 Responses to “Neighbourhood Policing for East End/Long Look”

  • Honestly (21/04/2013, 09:30) Like (2) Dislike (30) Reply
    I hope when James return he becomes the police commissioner with stout as his deputy we do not NEED MORRIS
    • wet well (21/04/2013, 11:51) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      the NDP and that Governor will not go for that!
    • facts man (21/04/2013, 12:43) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      plus the cuban does not like Roy for that detention and questioning many years ago
  • On looker (21/04/2013, 11:09) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply

    What can st***t be seen in long look doing his PH@t, could barely move self. People like him in uniform for years never seen running after a criminal, just getting Ph@t off his years of service doing nothing, you mean seeing you driving through long look once in a blue moon, all we can see you doing is sitting at the gap by parham town gap in the evenings.

  • Get the fact (21/04/2013, 17:31) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nap or who ever govern the bvi don't have control over rvipf will never cause justice will never serve ay we wud bawl
  • pat (21/04/2013, 18:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    let's hope the wall of silence soon crumbles. The Boston Marathon bomber was caught because a resident reported him in his boat to the police. Other wise the police would still be looking. Neighbourhood associations in all districts should be established, not only for crime watch, but for monthly meetings on issues to bring to the ministers, pot luck dinners, support and citizen events like picking up trash etc. If strongly established, associations could also become a strong voting block.
  • Marie (21/04/2013, 20:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    3 years ago I talked for 5 minutes at a Long Look community meeting about community policing and how it worked in New York and after a year pilot project it went state wide and is very successful. I certainly hope it can work here and I hope the people start giving information to their community Officers so we can once again get our island back. If we don't work on keeping us safe, who is going to do it? The past has shown us that the police cannot do it alone so we need to try something else. Come on B.V.I. and band together on this. I want to once again feel safe at home.
  • long time (22/04/2013, 12:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This effort is a long time coming but is much appreciated by the Long Look Community. The Gazebo that is built on the STICKET is a waste of money. The guys just use the space to hang out and do drugs. They make unwanted noise most nights and people can't sleep. The Police and government officials need to put effort into helping the youths to build self esteem, get off drugs and become productive members of the community. A Pretty Gazebo is not going to do it, and further they don't know how to appreciate it because their mindset is not in the right place.


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