Representatives from each organization met on Monday (22nd Nov.) at police headquarters to discuss issues – relative to the foregoing – which each felt was pertinent if both are to effectively execute their respective duties.
The meeting was held at the request of the Media Association and graciously assented to by Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Operations (ACP Operations) (Ag), Ian Queeley.
In an exclusive interview with MiyVue, the ACP explained that the meeting was informative, important and timely. He further noted that as a result of the meeting, the need for better and constant communication between the two entities has been realized.
“We sat to discuss and engage in discourse, whereby we would want to have a better relationship with the media and vice versa. The media and police have recognized that there is a need for better and constant communication in disseminating the information that is required. First of all, we want to let the public know that not only the media and the police, but the entire community of St. Kitts and Nevis is required to cooperate with both media and the police in getting the information that is required in our effort to solve crime.”
The acting ACP noted that more effective communication between the media and the police could only redound to the benefit of the federation and its people.
“We would not only be getting more timely information but the facts as they are would be recorded, we would be able to get more evidence, we would get the evidence which is required to assist us in solving crimes that are plaguing our society, therefore making St. Kitts and Nevis a better and safer place to live.”
The local media corps representatives and the officers who were present left the meeting with a better understanding of the difficulties faced by each and pledged to continue along that path of education and sensitisation.