This information was revealed on Tuesday by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. CG Walwyn, during his address at the 18th Annual Regional Drug Conference, at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.
According to Walwyn students held the position that if they are not the ones being affected by drugs and their usage, it was no problem. That is a mindset that the agency and the community must work together to change,” said Mr. Walwyn.
He also touched on recent initiatives the Police was pursuing, and noted that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, have partnered in the fight against drug use, and gang violence in the Federation.
“Sgt Sean McCormack has been sent to the Federation by Orange County Florida, Sheriff Jerry Demings at our request, to train police officers in a new programme that replaces the DARE programme. The objective is to give students from Kindergarten to Third Grade and students ages 10-13, the tools for making the right choices,” said Commissioner Walwyn.
“The belief is that if we embrace the children at an early age, the memberships in gangs and the potential for increased violence will decrease,” said Mr. Walwyn, who expressed thanks to Sheriff Demings for his assistance in the fight against gangs and drugs in the Federation.
“It is important that we include measures to help our children in the equation of reducing drug use and violence in the Federation,” he said.
Walwyn added that though in the public’s opinion, his law enforcement agency might appear minuscule in the great arena of narcotics interdiction, he however is of the view that attitude determines its altitude and have demonstrated that not only do “we believe that we can do a lot with a little, our numbers to date clearly illustrate that.”