Beautiful Virgin Islands

More conversations to come on Police Act, crime fighting in VI– Premier Wheatley

More conversations to come on Police Act, crime fighting in VI– Premier Wheatley

Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has promised to bring more conversations on the Bill titled 'Police Act 2023' and on crime in the Virgin Islands, as part of seeking ways to help local law enforcement target crime in the Virgin Islands.

Premier Wheatley spoke via a press conference on May 2, 2023, on General Updates in the VI where he touched on crime-fighting in the VI and the now-paused Police Act 2023.

“At the time when we basically pulled it, we did say to the public we need a little bit more time to discuss it with the people so we will have the conversation especially as it pertains to the upsurge of crime,” the Premier told reporters.

Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has promised to bring more conversations on the Police Act 2023 and on crime in the VI, as part of seeking ways to help local law enforcement find ways to target crime in the Virgin Islands.

Legislation cannot be ignored - Premier

“You cannot ignore legislative remedies to help to arrest the problem of crime, so I ask persons to take a mature look and approach at the concept of what could be done to help enhance policing while ensuring that we protect our civil rights to that they are not abused by giving the police too much power.”

The Premier added that the people of the VI will have to have a mature conversation on the way forward as it pertains to crime in the VI, since more time has been given to look at the bill rather than to rush it.

Earlier in the year and ahead of general elections, the Police Act 2023 was placed on pause following backlash from the public. Despite this; however, Governor John J. Rankin (CMG) has defended the Bill.

“Secondly, let me say that the Police Act and its updating have actually been in progress for many years, and therefore, it is not a rushed piece of legislation. What's also important is that while protecting human rights, we also give the police the modern techniques which are required to tackle modern crime, and one of those techniques, for example, is taking DNA samples,” he said.

In Section 27-35 which deals with fingerprints, foot impressions, and DNA, concerns were raised that the Bill essentially allows the police to take fingerprints of a person without consent in almost every imaginable circumstance, without a warrant for the same.
Earlier in the year and ahead of General Elections, the Police Act 2023 was placed on pause following backlash from the public however, despite this, the Governor John J. Rankin (CMG) has defended the bill.

Governor defended previous bill

The Governor had defended that section of the Bill relating to DNA and fingerprinting, saying it can be an effective tool to catch a rapist, for example. “I make no apology for that,” he said despite the potential for abuse.

Meanwhile, Section 36 of the same Bill allowed for the police to search persons in their dwellings without a warrant if they have reasonable grounds for believing that the person does not live there or does not have permission to be there.

Section 38 also allowed a police officer to search the home of someone who is arrested on an arrestable offense without a warrant, even without that person being present.

Related Articles

Beautiful Virgin Islands
The gunman who attempted to assassinate Donald Trump Saturday is 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks
Banksy's Influence on Port Talbot's Street Art Scene
Bodies of Two Men Found in Suitcases on Bristol Bridge, 24-Year-Old Arrested
Kate Middleton to Attend Wimbledon Men's Final Amid Cancer Recovery
Russia's Electronic Warfare Neutralizes Western Weapons in Ukraine
Trump Challenges Biden to Debate and Golf Match
Macron Accuses Israeli Minister of Election Interference
US Senator Highlights Weaknesses in Western Military Industry During Ukraine Conflict
George Clooney Urges Biden to Withdraw from Presidential Race
Political Shift in the UK: A Detailed Analysis of Labour's Victory and Future Prospects
Viktor Orbán's Peace Mission: A Diplomatic Controversy in the EU
India Advocates Peace and Prosperity: PM Modi's Speech in Austria
New UK PM Keir Starmer Reaffirms Strong Support for Ukraine at NATO Summit
Spain PM Pedro Sanchez Denounces Double Standards on Gaza at NATO Summit
UK Police Arrest Suspect in Crossbow Attack After Three Women Killed
Sunita Williams Safe on ISS, to Address Earth on July 10
Biden Affirms Commitment To Presidential Race
France Faces Political Turmoil and Airport Strikes Ahead of Paris Olympics 2024
Putin Hosts PM Modi for a Private Meeting
TSMC: The Taiwanese Chip Giant Valued Over $1 Trillion
Boeing Pleads Guilty Over 737 MAX Crashes
2024 Predicted to Be World's Hottest Year
Iran's President-Elect Masoud Pezeshkian Reiterates Support for Hezbollah
White House Denies Biden Being Treated for Parkinson's Disease
Biden to Meet New UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer
Biden Insists on Continuing Presidential Race Amid Criticism
UK Defence Minister Pledges Enhanced Support to Ukraine
French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal Resigns After Election Setback
Macron Faces New Political Challenges Despite Election Relief
France's Far-Right Falls Short in Parliamentary Elections
Key Figures in France's Left-Wing New Popular Front Bloc
England Reaches Euro 2024 Semifinals After Penalty Shootout Win
Rishi Sunak Apologizes After Historic Tory Defeat
Voter Discontent in Recent UK and French Elections
Trump was recorded attacking Biden: "I kicked the old pile of shit"
Understanding the MRP Method in UK Elections
US Officials Resign Over Biden's Gaza Policy
First-Time Immigrant Voters Aim to Influence UK Elections 2024
Reform UK Receives Major Donations from Brexit Campaign Group
Tata Steel Strike Called Off, Paving the Way for Crucial Talks
Sir Keir Starmer's Acceptance of Substantial Gifts from UK Donors
New Zealand Introduces Law to Make Tech Giants Pay for News
NASA Astronauts Stranded in Space Due to Boeing's Starliner Issues
OpenAI and Microsoft Sued for Copyright Infringement
Starmer Vows to Renegotiate Brexit Deal Amid Far-Right Rise in France
Monster Hurricane Beryl Hits Caribbean as Category Five Storm
EU Charges Meta with Breaching Antitrust Rules
Biden's Debate Performance Unites Democrats and Republicans
Prison Officer Faces Court Over Inmate Sex Video
Jude Bellingham's Iconic Euro 2024 Goal: A Historic Moment for England