In his opening statement, Dr. Douglas said, “I hope that this week finds all of us making a special effort as parents, employees, spouses, neighbours, professionals, and even children. I emphasize that meeting responsibilities takes time, and it often involves some form of sacrifice, whether large or small, but there is no denying that the benefits are also great. Our lives become more orderly; those around us have greater regard for us and even we within our own hearts and minds have greater feelings of calm and self-respect.”
According to the Federation’s leader, “The truth is that this is the only way we create and maintain a positive, constructive and healthy nation.”
On the subject of responsibilities, the Prime Minister addressed some aspects of national matters, more specifically, law enforcement. An issue he says that most people are not aware of.
“I want to take the time to highlight certain aspects of our national lives, of which most of us are unaware. I am talking here about the practical rigorous, difficult and on the ground demands that are placed upon those who are called upon to prevent lawless criminal persons from stressing law abiding citizens and undermining all that everyone else is working so hard to build up.
“I refer here to the demanding outstanding work of our law enforcement and security forces. We all tend to have the details whenever criminals decide to commit crime, then sometime later we get to understand that suspect A or suspect B was arrested. What many of us have little information on and therefore never think about too much, is all of the training, the planning, the strategic thinking and bravery that take these law enforcers from the commission of the crime to the actual arrest,” Douglas said.
Prime Minister Douglas further stated, “I am referring to all that goes into identifying, tracking, outthinking and apprehending those who think that they can bring the madness they see on television, to life here in St. Kitts and Nevis.”