(ZIZ News) — On Monday, Acting Minister of National Security, The Hon. Ian Liburd met with members of The Police High Command and the St. Kitts Nevis Defence Force to address the recent spate of violent crimes in the Federation.

The discussions followed The High Command’s internal strategic meeting on Saturday in the wake of shooting incidents that left three young men dead.

Minister Liburd stated why it was necessary to have the meeting.

“We’ve been experiencing a spate of armed robberies/burglaries and sadly last week we experienced three homicides in St. Kitts. We thought it would be prudent to get the high command from both security forces: The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and the St. Kitts Nevis Defence Force to really look at the situation as it relates to the scourge of crime”, he explained.

The Acting Minister of National Security then went on to extend condolences to the family and loved ones affected by the previous incidents of crime.

“I want to commend the security forces for the appetite that they are showing to really rid this country of this scourge of crime. Again I extend condolences to the families who lost loved ones and I wish those who are victims or who are injured rather, a full and speedy recovery. From this meeting I can say as a member of cabinet that we the Police and the Defence Force are on top of things and whatever the issues, we will surmount them in short order” he noted.

And while the Minister declined to give details about the meeting he did note that it covered topics such as the growing need for manpower, and the government’s continuous investment in technology, drones in particular.

New initiatives to combat crime using police dogs, CCTV coverage and surveillance were also addressed.