This was one of the troubling issues that occupied the attention of Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, when he made a radio and television address to Kittitians and Nevisians on Wednesday night, (31st August, 2011).
Dr. Douglas’ address was designed to set out a series of new initiatives that he has instituted to strengthen the government’s position to combat the increasing criminal activities of gangs in the country.
He said the entire nation has expressed great shock and dismay over the recent escalation in crime, as manifested in the senseless and ruthless murder of four of our young people in the course of four days, just over a week ago.
Douglas said, “We run the risk of shattering the confidence of our many foreign investors, scaring away potential tourists and depleting our confidence in ourselves as a people and our willingness to engage in investment and other economic activities critical to the development of our nation.”
He went on to outline a number of new departments and programs that the government is about to implement to create the type of response that would produce the results demanded by the public, to rid the society of the senseless killings and other gang related activities.