While speaking on the weekly radio talk show, ‘In Touch with the Premier’, on Tuesday 16th August, 2011, Nevis’ Premier, outlined several initiatives taken by his Nevis Administration to confront the many challenges that are in relation to crime on Nevis.
He went on to state that his Administration was playing its part to ensure that the number of police officers, police vehicles and accommodations had increased over the years and at the insistence of the Premier and his Ministry, modern and comfortable barracks and police stations were constructed for officers working in Nevis.
Premier Parry expressed that he hopes that the ongoing improvements to the barracks and the Police stations would build moral and more effective law-enforcement personnel stationed in the Nevis Police Division.
The NIA had also embarked on greater mobilization of the officers which saw a change in the response time and allowed the Police to maintain a visible presence in the community.
The number of homicides that have been committed in the twin-island paradise now stands at twenty six (26).
Premier Parry revealed future plans of the Nevis Island Administration, highlighting that discussions emerged on the idea of building a Police Station in the Parish of St John.
“The Nevis Island Cabinet has been discussing the idea of a Police Station in St. John’s Parish. There is a need for an additional Police Station as there is no other police station between Charlestown to Gingerland,” he said.
Parry, made mention of the ongoing social programmes that are being facilitated by the Minister of Social Affairs, Hensley Daniel which included the overseas training in Trinidad for youths in auto mechanics, plumbing and electrical fields.
“The Social Affairs Department continues to offer training for young people, mentorship programmes and parenting training programs all in the effort to develop good ethics and positive values among young people on Nevis,” said the Premier.
In concluding the Premier affirmed that it was his projection that the situation in Nevis as it relates to criminals and their activities would be curtailed, as his administration was doing all that was possible to get rid of crime on Nevis.