Public Support Still Needed to Consolidate Considerable Police Gains in St. Kitts-Nevis
Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 13, 2019 (SKNIS): “A breath of fresh air” was an apt description for the sentiments expressed by nationals and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis who are enjoying the enhanced peace and security, resulting largely from the committed efforts of law enforcement, increased public cooperation, and the desire of young men to exit a life of crime and violence.
At a press conference on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, Acting Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Hilroy Brandy, shared that the combined efforts of the security forces, the public support, and the Peace Initiative, have resulted in the seizure of 43 illegal firearms for 2019. Thirty of the guns and 73 rounds of assorted ammunition were surrendered under the Peace Initiative – a programme introduced in March 2019 to help gang members transition from a life of crime to a productive lifestyle through alternative ventures such as agricultural production, construction, entrepreneurship, and other activities.
Mr. Brandy also reported that compared to figures from 2018 between the period January 01 to August 12, 2019, there has also been a 25 percent reduction in homicides, a 30 percent reduction in non-fatal shootings, a seven percent decline in robberies, and an overall 28 percent decrease in all crimes.
“There is no single solution or quick fix to addressing crime,” the acting commissioner stated. “The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force therefore will continue to utilize several approaches and will work tirelessly to maintain the peace. We only ask that each individual plays a role in getting us to where we would like to be. If you see something, still say something and work with us for the good of the country.”
Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, echoed similar sentiments and stated “We ask our citizens and residents to uphold the law and report those who are not complying. If you see something out of order or awry, say something to the police. A big thank you must be extended to all our citizens and residents who are bringing actionable information to the police and to all who are cooperating with law enforcement.”