National Security Ministry to ensure police officers are held accountable for their duties
Hon. Sam Condor
BASSETERRE, St. KITTS, JULY 28TH 2010 (CUOPM) – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Hon. Sam Condor has committed his Ministry to ensure that law enforcement officers are held to account for the proper and effective performance of their duties.
Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty said Deputy Prime Minister Condor at the recent Cabinet meeting emphasised that security is a challenge that deserves the full and consistent attention of the government and the entire law abiding
He added that some of the challenges related to issues of management and processes, and he provided a synopsis of some of the most recent activities and events of concern to the security forces and the government.
The minister emphasised the efforts of his ministry to build public confidence in the security forces, and agreed that much more effort will be placed on ensuring that law enforcement officers are held to account for the proper and effective performance of their duties.
In pursuing a policy of improved accountability for police officers, it was agreed, the Police Service Commission should become even more sensitive to the need to adopt a no-nonsense approach regarding officers who themselves break the law or conduct themselves in a manner that undermines the security system and public confidence.
Increased police visibility and an array of other initiatives, such as the systematic naming of streets to assist residents in giving directions to law enforcement officers around the community, were advanced as measures that need to be implemented as soon as possible to intercept criminal activity.