(ZIZ News) – A synopsis of the Federation’s crime statistics for this year was presented on Wednesday evening when the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force hosted another town hall meeting, this time in partnership with the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force and Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise Department.
Acting Commissioner of Police, Stafford Liburd shared the homicide figures and spoke of the Force’s successes where drug and firearm seizure is concerned.
On the issue of murders, it was revealed that there had been 26 this year.
“We have seen a decrease in the overall crime by 20 percent and we are encouraged but still concerned about the rate of violent crimes,” Commissioner Liburd stated.
He added, “Our officers continue to have success in the fight against illegal drugs with 830 pounds of compressed marijuana being seized so far this year and almost 10 pounds being taken from the street as well. In the fight against removing guns from the street, we in law enforcement and in particular the police, has succeeded in having 19 illegal firearms and associated ammunition from the streets so far this year.”
The town hall was moderated by Superintendent of Police Terrance James, and featured presentations by Defence Force Commander Colonel Patrick Wallace and Senior Customs and Excise Officer, Jomo Buttler.