Permanent Secretary of the Anti-Crime Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister, Astona Browne, is advocating that even though government cherishes the relationship it has with a number of individuals, agencies and friendly governments, more private stakeholders in St. Kitts and Nevis need to join with the local government, in support of law enforcement.
Browne made the point that safety and security are not the responsibilities of government alone. She said “All of us coming together have a role to play in ensuring the safety of our respective communities and our countries.”
Browne explained that the country relies on support from the European Union for example, Canada, the United States of America, the United Kingdom (and others), because they all bring to the table their enhanced resources and expertise that we can benefit from.
Contributions have also been received on the home front with several companies and organizations stepping forward and this must be viewed as very important because in some other jurisdictions, we do not see that support.
She added strong private sector assistance, to a large extent, helps to support whatever initiative is being pursued by security forces on the ground.
“Whether it’s in the form of a vehicle or some equipment that is needed to advance their work and improve the delivery of service to the community, whatever form it takes, we are grateful and we would like to encourage other persons to come onboard. Yes Government has committed the resources and will continue to commit the resources but the partnerships … would go a long way,” stated Browne.
An appeal was also made by the permanent secretary for the public to lend further support to the police by cooperating fully with the law and reporting any violations which can be done anonymously through the Crime Stoppers hotline 1-800-8477.
“I think that we are moving in the right direction and with the partnerships that we have garnered over the years, we expect to see an improved product as far as safety and security is concerned,” Mrs. Browne stressed.