Acting police commissioner promises tough action in fighting crime

Acting Commissioner of Police Stafford Liburd, who made a nationally televised address to the nation on Monday, 20thApril, reaffirmed the force’s commitment to public security. 

He disclosed that there will soon be a large presence of officers roaming the streets of both islands. In addition, the acting commissioner said there will be increased patrols in known “hotspots” in the Federation.

“I have instructed the deployment of our command vehicle. This will be a key element in addressing immediate and long-term public safety issues. We are also seeking to harness new technology to fight crime, including the effective use of modern CCTV throughout the island,” the ACOP disclosed.

Another of the short-term plans that the force will be implementing is the inclusion of overseas assistance to help stem criminal activities in the Federation.

This came after the ACOP met with representative from a UK firm that will soon be in St. Kitts and Nevis to work along with the officers.

“Over the past several weeks, we have been developing specific strategies to address public safety in our Federation. We started by looking at best practices internationally, which has resulted in me, last month, inviting public safety experts from the UK with considerable Caribbean experience,” Liburd said.

Further, he pointed to the development of Community Policing as one of the initiatives that will be included in the short term policing plan.

“We are instituting traditional and modern community policing methods in our neighbourhoods. Policing is not about occupying neighbourhoods, rather true policing is about serving our neighbourhoods,” he exclaimed.  

True community policing has worked around the world, Liburd opined, noting that if done properly it can work in the Federation as well.

“True community policing empowers the community and the officers… We have already began to place officers in key locations where crime is occurring,” the acting commission disclosed.

The ACOP expressed deep regret to the families of the two recent murder victims over the weekend, with one occurring on each island, where a prominent banker was murdered in a robbery attempt on Nevis, while another was gunned down in the Cayon community.

“Our prayers go out to all the victims of these senseless crimes. As law enforcement professionals and your neighbours, our hearts go out to the family and friends of Everett Hanley and Jeffery Daniel…” Liburd proffered.

Liburd stated that the Force will not allow a few “bad apples” to spoil the entire batch.

To this end, he sent a stern word to the criminals, where he stressed that “We will find you. We will prosecute you, and take you off the street”.

We in St. Kitts and Nevis have an opportunity because it is truly a new day, Liburd posited.

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