On Thursday 3rd November, 2011, the Commissioner hosted a meeting with members of the local media in St. Kitts & Nevis and thereafter agreed to address a number of issues posed by journalists.
Commissioner Walwyn in response to a question from MiyVue.com, which asked whether he is discouraged or encouraged by the response so far, since taking up office, said “This is my home, I was born here, my grandmother was from Nevis, my mother was born in St. Kitts, I was born in St. Kitts, and as long as it takes to get St. Kitts cleaned up, I will be here and I am not discouraged. I am encouraged because every day I see the difference.”
“I am here to improve safety and security,” the Commissioner said
Mr. Walwyn also indicated that he is seeing a positive difference, because of some of the changes and decisions he has made. These he said include the implementation of a Delta force that is trained in gang tactics; random searches each night of the week in strategic areas; the donation of mobile assets, such as buses, SUV and 12 bicycles, to the police force, by various organizations and individuals. He added that the regular street patrols in certain strategic areas have been making an impact.
“We have been making changes, and if go outside, you can feel the difference and people are starting to walk the streets again,” Commissioner Walwyn said.
One weakness the commissioner pointed out was the lack of vehicles. He said he felt that on Nevis there is enough to satisfy demands but on St. Kitts more is needed for patrolling.
Mr Walwyn also said that his aim here is to clean up the streets. He added that residents in both St. Kitts and Nevis are supporting his efforts and have being offering their assistance to the police force.