Labour candidates talk youth culture and crime

In a recent interview with, Liburd said one such programme she plans to introduce in Central Basseterre, ‘Progress for Women’, would help young women to improve their self-esteem. 

“I believe that it is programmes like these (progress for women) that would help. What you need is that you always need alternatives; give young people alternative ways in which to expend their energy that we know they all have,” Liburd said, as she expanded on social oriented plans for the constituency.

“That is why in Central Basseterre, I am having a cultural renaissance, a cultural rebirth of the area so that we are promoting festivals in McKnight, Market Street and in the Pine Garden area. We are going to bring back culturama, not in the queen show, calypso show sense, but in showcasing the culturally rich talent,” she explained.

She believes that the country has diverse communities that should be reflected in the vibrancy of communities.

“It must reflect on the uniqueness of these communities, because, as you know, Central Basseterre is made up of communities,” she stressed.

Meanwhile, the Labour Party’s candidate in constituency #5, Norgen Wilson, said that more Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras would be installed, along with having more human resources placed on the streets to deal with the issue of crime and violence.   

“This is in hope of capturing or having evidence of persons who are actually carrying out gun related crimes. One of our major problems with in the Federation is actually having more young men on the streets, so we have been making evaluations as to how do we go about increasing the number of officers on the streets. We have actually implemented a system where there would be more civilians taking up roles that you don’t necessarily need police officers to be handling at an administrative level,” Wilson indicated.

He noted that by implementing the civilian officers programme, more police officers would be available to patrol the streets, with the belief that increased visibility of officers would lower the instances of criminal activities around the Federation.

“We hope that there will be a reduction, or a deterrent, where serious crimes such as gun violence are concerned. This (programme) would help us to put immediately, or almost immediately, at least one hundred extra officers out on the streets,” he posited.

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