Police reports double digit decrease in reported serious crimes

Commissioner of Police Mr. C. G. Walwyn during the recent inspection of the ranks at the Police Training School. (Willet’s Photo)

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 10TH2012 (CUOPM) – The St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is reporting a decrease in the total number of reported incidences of crime in 2011 compared with the previous year.

Police Commissioner Mr. C. G. Walwyn said statistics revealed that there was a 14.3 percent reduction of serious crimes recorded.

“On our sister island of Nevis there was a 5.5% increase in the total number of crime reported overall compared with the previous year 2010. However, the detection rate in District C, Nevis Division stands at 47.4%,” said Mr. Walwyn, who pointed out that the law enforcement agency is also paying close attention to the percentage of crimes committed by juveniles in the Federation and will be endeavouring to intensify its crime prevention campaign in the present calendar year.

“The last quarter of 2011 has recorded a reduction of crimes in the Federation on a whole. The total allocated crimes for the Federation decreased by 5% or 105 reports less than the previous year, with a 35% detection rate,” said the Police Commissioner.

Mr. Walwyn said the Police have intensified their efforts to improve the detection rates of all crimes, especially considering that 7.9% of the crimes detected in the past year have been committed by

“As Commissioner of Police, I wish to record appreciation to those responsible citizens who are joining the law enforcement agency in implementing its crime prevention initiatives and to commend those who are partnering with Government in boosting the crime fighting capabilities of the Force for their valued support,” said the Police Commissioner.

Commissioner Walwyn said “as an Agency for peace, law and order, it is our duty and our commitment to improve on our previous performance and we solicit the support of all in spreading crime prevention tips and not just in reporting incidences in a manner that, at times, results in the distortion of the facts.”

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