(ZIZ News) — The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force has been in the headlines in the past few weeks for its numerous arrests, particularly where illegal drugs, firearms and ammunition seizure are concerned.
Prime Minister and Minister responsible for National Security, Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris used the most recent sitting of National Assembly to give an update on the significant quantity of illegal drugs seized so far noting that “the utilisation of intelligence-led policing, combined with targeting operations, have seized significant quantities of foreign compressed marijuana of a street value of $8.21 million, cured locally grown marijuana of a street value of $712 thousand and 1.064 kilo of cocaine at a street value of just about $100 thousand.”
Since that sitting, the Force’s Public Relations Department has reported seizing more than one kilo of cocaine on November 22nd and one semi-automatic pistol with 15 rounds of ammunition on November 20th.
Dr. Harris credits the work to the implementation of the Force’s Six Point Plan of Action to reduce crime, noting that “the police have demonstrated the efficacy of the Six Point Plan and these recent events have demonstrated their ability to work in unity with other members of the law enforcement community such as the Defence Force, the Coast Guard, Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise and the Prison service.”
Recently, following a major drug bust, Assistant Commissioner of Police for Crime, Ian Queeley agreed that intelligence-led policing and targeted operations were proving to be extremely successful as the police continue to fight crime.
Another major aspect of the Six Point Plan is community policing and on Wednesday, the Force will meet with residents of Newtown, Bird Rock and the surrounding areas at a town hall meeting at the Newtown Community Centre.