Team Unity outlines crime-fighting policies as candidates prepare for polls

Aimed at creating a “safer nation”, the organization its intention to aggressively tackle the nation’s gun related violence that has been taking the lives of many young persons in the communities on St. Kitts and Nevis.

In the latest shooting incident left one man dead and the other seriously injured in the Sandy Point community. While Team Unity officials have expressed condolences and support for the families affected, they have expressed willingness to be assertive in crime fighting.

“At this rate, we are looking to exceed record level of homicides in our Federation. It would seem that the Douglas Administration is unwilling, or unable, to address the state of criminality that is running rampant.

While we never wish to politicize crime, it cannot be denied that under the current Douglas regime, crime – especially gun and violent crime – has risen to unprecedented and hitherto unthinkable heights. There seems to be no end in sight.

“It is no secret that in a matter of days the people of St. Kitts and Nevis will go to the polls to elect a government to pilot the ship of state for the next five years. Team UNITY is cognizant of the fact that there can be no real progress, be it economic, social or otherwise without citizens, visitors and investors feeling secure, as they go about their individual and collective business within St. Kitts and Nevis,” the media release stated.

Team Unity suggests that “the failing Douglas Administration remains impotent on the issue”, the statement reads, which adds, “Criminal activities are not good for business! A significant amount of our health resources are being utilized to offset the cost of medical care for victims.”

The Team Unity plan involves the following components:

a.    Institute regular meetings with the Police high command and foster meaningful support for shared goals and strategy.

b.    Invest in law enforcement by providing better equipment, facilities, appropriate transportation and requisite training.

c.    Invest in greater use of technology and provide appropriate incentives to the private sector for the acquisition of appropriate technology to facilitate a public/private sector partnership to fight crime and violence.

d.   Work to de-politicize the Police Force and ensure that promotions are based on merit.

e.    Institute insurance for officers injured or killed in the line of duty.

f.     Advocate for the further development of Neighbourhood Watches and Community Policing.

g.   Seek the intervention of detectives from abroad to help solve the backlog of cases, beginning with the murders, gun and violent crimes.

h.   Introduce in the Federal Parliament anti-gang legislation that criminalizes gangs, gang wear and gang activity.

i.     Create opportunities in troubled areas geared towards continuing education, employment and the elevation of self-esteem.

j.     Establish a Task Force on Crime and Violence with appropriate funding, having within its mandate the responsibility to reward individuals whose information leads to the arrest and conviction of criminals.

k.    Establish in Nevis a Youth Facility for young offenders with minor offences to separate them from the more hardened criminals. This facility will be based primarily on education and rehabilitation of young offenders and will include mandated skills training, community service and re-education.

l.     Invest in Closed Circuit Television throughout the public areas of the island of St. Kitts and work with The NIA to expand its efforts in Nevis.

m.  Legislate tougher sanctions and penalties for gun possession, gun crimes and crimes of violence.

n.   Invest in fingerprinting equipment and modern crime scene investigation training for our Police and develop a finger print database to assist in the solving of crimes.

o.    Develop a policy of ZERO TOLERANCE for anti-social behavior, loitering, public disorder, and any and all violations of existing law. 

 

According to the release, Team UNITY believes that the implementation of these policies, along with tireless review, assessment and community involvement, will result in a dramatic reduction in a very short space of time on the way to reduce the current levels of material criminality in our Federation.

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