(ZIZ News) — The Cayon Community Centre was the venue for Monday night’s town hall, hosted by the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.
Members of the Police High Command: Acting Commissioner of Police Stafford Liburd and Assistant Commissioners of Police Ian Queeley and Vaughn Henderson, together with the country’s Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris were in attendance.
It started off with remarks by COP Liburd, who gave an overview of the force’s Six-Point Plan of Action that was launched earlier this year.
He said one of their approaches to crime prevention is to ensure that police officers are properly trained.
“Whatever we do, the foremost and first is crime prevention and whatever we are doing, our intention is to prevent crime but we recognise that we cannot stop crime and that is why a great deal of effort is being spent on training,” Liburd said as he made special mention of detectives and prosecutors who are being trained to pay greater attention to detail.
ACP Queeley took a different approach in his remarks when he shared the negative impact that crime and violence can have on the local community.
“We have, over the past few years, gravitated from an agricultural base economy to one of services and tourism. The stakes are high in tourism. A number of Caribbean countries are competing for a piece of the same pie, our product is unique. Our product is good,” he said, adding that “Any investor who is going to invest in our country, one of the first thing that investor looks for is security, safety and if there is no safety and security, that investor confidence is somewhat shattered.”
Crime prevention, intelligence-led policing, targeted operation, community engagement, collaboration strategies, and continuous improvement and administration are the facets that comprise the Police Force’s Six-Point Plan of Action.