Speaking to MiyVue.com, Commissioner Liburd said, “The area of concern is violent crime regarding shootings, and naturally, the murders. Those have increased over last year.”
He expressed confidence, however, that the police is up to the task in fighting violent crimes. “We are making progress, and we have had some technological assistance, which I am not prepared to disclose at the moment, but we are making progress,” Liburd said.
On a program aired Thursday by ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation, Assistant Commissioner of Police Ian Queeley made a plea for citizens and residents to get involved by reporting what they know.
He said, “I want to implore all of us within the society to do our part… Crime is a societal problem and not the problem of the police alone… Do what is moral to ensure that we all tackle this problem as a country.” Queeley is of the view that society is failing in its crime fighting responsibilities.
“Society is so small that we all know what happens, yet we fail to live up to our responsibilities and come forward with the necessary information that is required to (arrest) those persons who have chosen a life of crime,” ACP Queeley opined.
Head of Force Operations ACP Vaughn Henderson confirmed that joint operations between the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force and the Customs have intensified, along with other operational strategies being employed.
“We have also engaged the various tactical units of the force in a variety of operations. We have had an increase in our intelligence-led policing activities and have conducted over 130 vehicle stop and searches around the islands main roads, said Henderson, who also disclosed increased residential searches, including abandoned vehicles and properties.
He warned, “If you are a criminal, you should feel very uncomfortable to carry a gun or any offensive weapon. You are likely to be stopped and searched.”
Part of the crime fighting strategies includes reconnecting with communities around the island, by increased close contact with communities “building better relations and collaboration”, according to Acting Police Commissioner Liburd.