Homicide in St John
I saw a news report on CNN last night about the recent murder in St John. The family of the victim indicated that the police knew the "persons of interest" immediately after the murder occured, but have failed to arrest or bring charges against any individuals.
Residents, do you think that the police are sub-standard in their skills? Or is crime solving also done on an "island time" type schedule? i.e. they arrest someone whenever they get around to arresting someone.
There has been an arrest as Piaa said in this awful situation & I suspect more might follow. I think the police skills could certainly be improved but I don't think they're any worse than any other Caribbean island I've been to or had any experience on. The money isn't spent to have an adequate police force that is trained well enough much less to pay officers what they should be paid. It's also a different situation due to the isolation here compared to small-town USA. It's not easy to be a cop if you know most everyone or might be related.
Another thing to be considered is the huge number of visitors to these islands including St. John so the crime figures for STJ is very low in comparison to any small town elsewhere but that's no help if you do wind up a sad statistic. Another reason not to leave common sense at home & be out & about at night drinking too much and "getting into it" with locals who just may not be real happy campers. Sort of like how road rage happens.
There was a 20 year old local man killed during J'Ouvert in Tortola Monday but I bet that doesn't make CNN or any stateside news outlet.