Role of the Uniform Patrol Division of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force
Basseterre, St. Kitts — The Men and Women of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force wish to remind the public of the duties of the Uniformed Patrol Division (UPD) of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force. Uniformed police are predominantly responsible for maintaining order and safety in public places and at public events. In particular, the competencies of the uniformed police include:
- To maintain law and order in public areas;
- To act as a traffic authority and control traffic and transport;
- To provide the best possible policing service to the local community to ensure people’s safety and to protect their life and property, taking into consideration the different needs of different groups (for example, ethnicity, language, sex and age);
- To co-operate with local society to prevent, detect and suppress crimes;
- To ensure the first response to the crime scene as soon as a crime is reported to the police; to secure the crime scene before police investigators and technical experts arrive;
- To act according to the law, recognize unlawful acts, detect offenders and properly use police powers;
- To exercise authority and available powers to resolve cases of minor offences;
- To contribute to the prevention and investigation of minor offences;
- To exercise authority powers in cases of production, sale and use of certain devices and materials that pose a threat to public security and violation of local and international intellectual property laws;
- To aid and assist in emergencies of all kinds and in the event of a major threat;
- To provide protection against acts that imminently endanger or harm the life or bodily integrity of persons or the security of property;
- To provide information and help to those in need of such assistance.
While the majority of our members serve the public with PRIDE, as with any organization, there will be a minute number of officers who sometimes run afoul of the law. Please be advised that the Office of Professional Standards (Internal Affairs) has been put in place to investigate all complaints against police officers. You can file a complaint or commend an officer by contacting the Senior Police Officer (SPO) at any station in the Federation or by visiting www.sknpolice.com. This is our commitment to you the citizens and visitors of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis; we will continue to provide you with improved quality police services, in our continued commitment to increasing the safety and security of the Federation.