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VIPD'S LEWIS HAMPERED BY 'DO-NOTHING OFFICERS'

Dear Source,
I have had the privilege of meeting and working with Elton Lewis for a brief period after Hurricane Hugo when he was heading up a section investigating 'improprieties' in the department.
He was very straightforward in the business dealings, stating his need and desires and definitely asking no favors.
It appears that, for too long, certain members of the V.I. Police Department have not had to produce proper performance and that they have not had to document their performances either.
Do police officers have to log their daily, or hourly, activities? I think not. Other jurisdictions officers do, why not here?
On our force there are officers who can show nothing, no accomplishments, in some cases no arrests — nothing.
I fear that it is the do-nothing officers and their higher rated superiors who are inhibiting Commissioner Lewis' attempt to improve the department.
Merv Baer
St. Croix

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Dear Source,
I have had the privilege of meeting and working with Elton Lewis for a brief period after Hurricane Hugo when he was heading up a section investigating 'improprieties' in the department.
He was very straightforward in the business dealings, stating his need and desires and definitely asking no favors.
It appears that, for too long, certain members of the V.I. Police Department have not had to produce proper performance and that they have not had to document their performances either.
Do police officers have to log their daily, or hourly, activities? I think not. Other jurisdictions officers do, why not here?
On our force there are officers who can show nothing, no accomplishments, in some cases no arrests -- nothing.
I fear that it is the do-nothing officers and their higher rated superiors who are inhibiting Commissioner Lewis' attempt to improve the department.
Merv Baer
St. Croix

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to source@viaccess.net.

Publisher's note : Like the St. Croix Source now? Find out how you can love us twice as much -- and show your support for the islands' free and independent news voice ... click here.