Douglas said he also sees the opportunity as one that would win back the confidence of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, with regard to the police force.
These were the hopes and pledges shared by the Prime Minister when he addressed police officers stationed in Nevis, during a recent ceremony hosted by a local Nevisian businesswoman.
This new burst of enthusiasm by the Prime Minister was tied, he said, to the recent appointment of Celvin Walwyn as the Commissioner of Police for the St. Kitts and Nevis. Douglas said he is of the view that Mr. Walwyn’s coming to office, paves the way for a brighter chapter in the history of the police force.
“I believe that C.G. Walwyn brings to the task, a very important record of success, of service, of professionalism and which I believe can be used as models for our serving officers to emulate,” said Douglas.
He is of the view that the changing of the guard is also an excellent opportunity that will motivate young men and women, especially those who have excelled academically, to return to the force and be given the opportunity to make a career in policing again in St. Kitts and Nevis.
“I believe we should all recognize that we are not only living in a relatively small, poor, developing country, but we are experiencing very challenging times because of the global economic and financial situation. Despite our own shortages , despite our own inadequacies, this government continues to pledge full support in every way to the continued development of policing in St. Kitts and Nevis and to provide the necessary policy guidance and support to the police officers as they pursue their duties,” said Dr. Douglas.
Admitting there are good cops and bad cops, the St. Kitts and Nevis leader said: “The bad cops need to be removed from the police force. They must not remain to contaminate those who are good in the Force and I make no apologies whatsoever for that.”
“I believe that if you have been task(ed) to do the job, you should do it properly and if you have reached the point where you no longer can provide professional service, we should do the right thing and that is to leave,” said Dr. Douglas.
“I believe that the police at this time have an excellent opportunity in moving forward. We have been through a very dismal period. We have been through a period where there has been an increase in criminal activity of almost all kinds, especially the increase in homicides that we have seen. I think our police force has had a very dark chapter in its history that has been written and note that I say has been written, because I believe the opportunity now presents its self to a brighter chapter to be written for the future,” said Prime Minister Douglas