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jwsommer
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September 15, 2012 1:15 pm  

Good morning, all --

There is a petition circulating to support Peace Officer Status for federal agents in the USVI.

If this is an important issue to you, here is a link to the petition:
http://www.change.org/petitions/legislature-of-the-usvi-vote-in-favor-of-peace-officer-status-for-our-territory


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STXSARA
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September 15, 2012 1:26 pm  

This petition is set to send each Senator an email when someone signs the petition.

This bill might not be the answer to all, but it is a step in the right direction.

Please sign!


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margaritagirl
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September 16, 2012 12:19 pm  

Thanks for posting this.
I just signed it.
Everyone please sign.


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piaa
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September 16, 2012 12:25 pm  

Signed and shared on Facebook

Pia


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Bratt
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September 16, 2012 1:21 pm  

Signed and shared.


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Dante
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September 16, 2012 3:03 pm  

Thank you for posting. I signed.


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blu4u
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September 16, 2012 4:06 pm  

Signed. Thank you. Wrote my own letter as well years ago. I send photo copy each month.


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rosesisland
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September 16, 2012 6:42 pm  

Signed and sent. Thanks for posting the link above.


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jwsommer
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September 16, 2012 6:54 pm  

Thanks to everyone who has signed and shared!


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September 17, 2012 12:55 am  

Signed and shared !


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ms411
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September 17, 2012 10:41 am  

Signed.


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ms411
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September 18, 2012 5:25 pm  

This just came...

"Congratulations! You did it. You let the USVI Senators know loud and clear that public safety is critical to our community. And they responded with a 9-5 vote passing the Peace Officer Status bill. Read more here:

http://stcroixsource.com/content/news/local-news/2012/09/18/senate-approves-peace-officer-status-bill

Thank you for your swift action - we garnered 514 signatures between 4:30 pm Friday to 9 am this morning - basically 2 business days.

Let's keep this momentum going and foster a strong, safe and prosperous community in the USVI."


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Alana33
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September 18, 2012 7:19 pm  

Yeah and I heard our Senators went kicking and screaming every step of the way before passing it!
At least it is passed! Thank goodness.


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Cruz
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September 18, 2012 8:41 pm  

I guess the Virgin Islands will now be crime free because this has passed....smh


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isl3985
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September 18, 2012 9:10 pm  

Anyone have a link to the actual bill? I couldn't find one.


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jostvandog
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September 19, 2012 5:33 pm  

Why would anyone in their right mind vote against something that would help ease crime? Afraid for friends or relatives being arrested?


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trainwreck82
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September 19, 2012 6:17 pm  

Why would anyone in their right mind vote against something that would help ease crime? Afraid for friends or relatives being arrested?

Our legislators are petulant children, constantly pandering to the VI's lowest common denominator in an attempt to get re-elected. The lowest common denominator, people like the 5th constitutional convention, view this as nothing more than statesiders telling them their business and nothing burns their asses more than that - they will actively vote against their own best interests to maintain the status quo. Honestly, I'm shocked it got passed, and it only looks like it did with very heavy handed "we'll give you peace offer status but you better believe we will hold you to a far higher standard of conduct than we would ever impose on our own police force" type language.


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September 19, 2012 7:14 pm  

can't remember which senator, but one of them said they would be affraid for the children if it passed and hanson voted no as did nelson, cant remember the other two


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blu4u
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September 19, 2012 7:24 pm  

ok so they passed it--great! Let's take it as a victory and run...

Now the agencies need to co-operate. This is 2-way street.
Set some goals. My top 5 suggestion
1--go after the guns. guns coming in. guns on the street. guns used in crimes.
2--proceedures--make arrests "that count" and lead to convictions.
3--protection of witnesses
4--drugs
5--gangs & repete offenders (ie bad boys)


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JulieKay
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September 19, 2012 7:35 pm  

ok so they passed it--great! Let's take it as a victory and run...

Now the agencies need to co-operate. This is 2-way street.
Set some goals. My top 5 suggestion
1--go after the guns. guns coming in. guns on the street. guns used in crimes.
2--proceedures--make arrests "that count" and lead to convictions.
3--protection of witnesses
4--drugs
5--gangs & repete offenders (ie bad boys)

Quoted to say I agree. (tu)


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blu4u
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September 19, 2012 7:40 pm  

Glad to see you "back in action".


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JulieKay
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September 19, 2012 7:53 pm  

Thank you! I come and go, depending upon my amount of disposable time. Today I seem to be finding a good niche hanging out here. 😎 Good to see you and de gang again too! 😀


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September 19, 2012 8:36 pm  

Here is a link to a Source article concerning the peace officer bill. It contains what senators voted yea or nay and what amendments are in it.

http://stjohnsource.com/content/news/local-news/2012/09/18/senate-approves-peace-officer-status-bill?mini=calendar/2012/07/all

An open letter to The Source to the Senators who voted no to the peace officer bill written by Kathy Cook.

http://stcroixsource.com/content/commentary/open-forum/2012/09/16/why-did-these-senators-vote-against-peace-officer-status-bi

CBS News2 news footage about the Peace Officer Bill - Approved (I hope this link works. From Youtube. CBSNews2 Youtube page)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0VlDyzYZjk&feature=youtube_gdata_player


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blu4u
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September 19, 2012 8:42 pm  

Holy smokes. Thanks for the video.

"after much debate and "whatnot".. " Whatnot" means horsesh1t and posturing, in this context.
This one I cann't figure out..."someone is holding a knife to your throat, that's a "local matter". What the heck was his point..???


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BeachcomberStt
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September 19, 2012 8:52 pm  

Holy smokes thanks for the video.

You're welcome!


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