RSLPF re­veals 2015 Crime and Traf­fic Stats at first Po­lice Press Con­fer­ence for 2016

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By STAR Reporter

On Fri­day Jan­uary 15th, 2016 the RSLPF hosted its first po­lice press con­fer­ence for 2016 to re­veal crime and traf­fic sta­tis­tics for the past year and also to draw com­par­isons with 2013 and 2014. The con­fer­ence was mod­er­ated by Act­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Er­rol Alexan­der. Also present were Act­ing As­sis­tant Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Anas­tasias Ma­son re­spon­si­ble for Ter­ri­to­rial Polic­ing, Do­rian O’Brien, Act­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner, Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for Op­er­a­tions, Mil­ton De­sir re­spon­si­ble for Crime, In­tel­li­gence and Pros­e­cu­tion, DCP Monch­ery, se­cond in charge of the or­ga­ni­za­tion and act­ing ACP Crucita Pelius who is re­spon­si­ble for Cor­per­ate Ser­vices and Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards.

Alexan­der high­lighted that while the mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive - ‘ev­ery­one around the ta­ble’ as he put it - are ‘act­ing’, he said that “mov­ing for­ward, it’s one of my Christ­mas wishes that they would have some sort of con­fir­ma­tion done on be­half of mem­bers, to im­prove the level of con­fi­dence com­ing in from per­sons on the ex­ec­u­tive.”

On the sub­ject of dis­ci­plinary mat­ters Alexan­der had this to say: “We have our own in­ter­nal court which deals with dis­ci­plinary mat­ters, with two facets to it; our own per­sonal side is that we have an ad­ju­di­ca­tor who acts as a mag­is­trate, we have a pre­sen­ter who acts as a pros­e­cu­tor, and this is proper struc­ture in the RSLPF that helps dis­ci­plinary mat­ters against po­lice of­fi­cers.

“For 2015, 86 mat­ters were heard rang­ing from ab­sent with­out leave to in­cur­ring debt. Out of th­ese 86 mat­ters, 35 po­lice of­fi­cers were con­victed, 27 of th­ese mat­ters were with­drawn, and 24 of th­ese mat­ters were dis­missed.”

Ac­cord­ing to Alexan­der 2015 was a rather “un­for­tu­nate time” for the RSLPF with six po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rested and sus­pended for mat­ters rang­ing from con­spir­acy to steal­ing by means of em­ploy­ment.

With re­gard to crime sta­tis­tics, there was an over­all de­crease in re­ported crimes for 2015 al­though the de­tec­tion rate re­mained at 52%. Firearm of­fences de­creased in 2015 and so did the num­ber of homi­cides. Homi­cides and mur­ders recorded have been on a con­stant de­cline, with the low­est fig­ures since 2007 be­ing pre­sented in 2015. The is­land recorded 29 homi­cides in 2015 com­pared to 34 the pre­vi­ous year.

The town of Cas­tries was the area that ex­pe­ri­enced the high­est num­ber of mur­ders which were mainly com­mit­ted by young males against other young males, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The prime weapons used were firearms and sharp ob­jects. Not­with­stand­ing this, there was an over­all de­crease in firearm of­fences by 38% in 2015 com­pared to 2014.

Sex­ual of­fences saw a gen­eral de­crease in 2015. How­ever, rape of­fences es­ca­lated by 11 cases. The de­tec­tion rate de­creased by 11% for sex­ual of­fences.

Rob­bery of­fences in­creased from 2013 to 2015 with last year record­ing an 18% in­crease when com­pared to 2014.

Of­fences against Prop­erty saw an over­all re­duc­tion, while bur­glary, steal­ing from per­son and un­law­ful dam­age recorded the high­est num­ber of cases. There were, how­ever, re­duc­tions in fig­ures in terms of re­ports, in com­par­i­son to 2014. Bur­glary re­mains the high­est recorded of­fence within the cat­e­gory of Of­fences against Prop­erty.

While the drug cat­e­gory recorded a de­crease in the num­ber of drug-re­lated re­ports, an in­crease was seen in the de­tec­tion rate. Pos­ses­sion of cannabis and in­tent to sup­ply re­main the high­est recorded drug of­fences to date.

In sum­mary, 17,463 of­fences were recorded by the RSLPF for the pe­riod of 20132015 with an over­all de­crease in re­ported crimes of 2,591, or 13%, in 2015 com­pared to 2014, and of 1,316 when com­pared to 2013.

De­tec­tion rates for 2014 and 2015 were com­pa­ra­ble, record­ing a rate of 52%, and slightly de­creased in 2013 which recorded 49%.

The dis­tri­bu­tion of ma­jor cat­e­gories of crime for 2015 re­flects that Crimes against the Per­son, Of­fences against Prop­erty and Sum­mary Of­fences recorded the high­est num­ber of re­ported cases, with th­ese three cat­e­gories ac­count­ing for over 94% of the to­tal crimes recorded through­out the is­land.

Over­all, an ex­am­i­na­tion of re­ported crimes for the pe­riod 2013-2015 re­vealed de­creases in ev­ery ma­jor crime cat­e­gory with the ex­cep­tion of dru­gre­lated of­fences.

Act­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Er­rol Alexan­der de­liv­er­ing a re­view of 2015 on

Fri­day at a press con­fer­ence.

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