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|The islands boast probably
the highest number of police officers per head of population of any where in
the world. Why? Why is crime prolific on this these small
islands that are also probably the most expensive place in the world to buy
- Narcotics are rife on the islands
and have been since the mid 80's; their use is widespread, there is much
disposable income and great profits to be made from sale..
- Crime is on the increase
- There is a lack of of police
- The police service is poorly
equipped and unprofessional
- Money Laundering legislation has
been overlooked and the police untrained - in 2004 the island saw its
In brief, the island plays at policing
- it is more a hobby than a profession. One need only consider two
2004 incidents to understand that the island's constabulary have little
understanding of the island's needs. Do the police abuse their power?
We do not ask you to accept our words, to read an account,
Narcotics of choice:
Penny Battle: a disturbance in a bar / restaurant often inhabited by
tourists due to it being located a matter of yards from Front Street.
The bar is also only a small block, a few hundreds yards, from the
island's main police station on Parliament Street, Hamilton - for a map to
appreciate this and in the event you wish to avoid the venue,
So just how long did it take the police to attend the disturbance which
involved 20 people .... almost 45 minutes!
Torture: understandably among a 60,000+ population, you will find the
odd extremist. But what causes someone to turn to torturing another
human being? In this case, apparently it is lack of police action which
caused a vigilante response. The victim of the torture apparently
been committing burglaries and as 'the police do nothing' (according to
the torturer's father), punishment was administered. Whilst we do
not condone the actions of the torturer, just how bad do things have to
get to cause someone to take such measures?
|and what of the
Alleged Importer released: after spending 18 months in custody, a
Jamaican cruise ship worker was free to go - the prosecution could not
find two witnesses!
Botched narcotics investigation - an operation where dummy packages
were delivered to a home but the police did not watch them! As a
result, while the officers were not watching, someone removed the
packages! Keystone Cops or what?
- Man suspected of assault flees the
island - Mr Provan joins other who have done just
the same thing ... a
gunman who killed Shaundee Jones few years
ago, a mother illegally moving kids out of
But this is nothing new ... some may still remember the
Ottiwell Simmons jnr case
(the son of the PLP MP and union leader)
allegedly linked to Buck Burrows , Larry Tacklyn
(accused of the Governor's murder in 1973) and
others - despite an extensive
he hunt managed to get off the island, stay at large
(in the USA?) and when
he voluntarily returned all the paperwork was missing, therefore no
charges, no proceedings, nothing! In the 90's we lost a
staff member from what was the Tavern on the Green - skipped the island
and also another Scottish man, Murray Beveridge (employed at
Henry VIII's and
linked to Miranda) from whom thousands of
dollars was seized which, when examined by the Government analyst, were
tainted with cocaine. So much for learning from mistakes!