The Prime Minister further stated that no one has been spared from the tragedies, as everyone including the Government, the Security Forces and society have been struggling with the advent wave of violent crime over the past two years that has provided unprecedented challenges.
As a country, we are now developing a more cooperative and concerted approach instead of the past divisiveness that existed and we are making progress in the fight against the retarding influences of crime and the anti-social behaviour that maintains it said Prime Minister Douglas.
Dr. Douglas expressed his confidence in Mr. C. G. Walwyn the newly appointed Commissioner of Police, stating that he (Mr. Walwyn) would be able to institute the kind of systems structures and operational strategies that would bring the results that St Kitts and Nevis is in search of.
Mr. C Walwyn is a 25 year veteran of the U.S. law enforcement. He brings the networking that is fundamentally required and comes to us with a wide range of skills and experience that is pertinent to many levels of criminal activity but especially in the fight against violence explained the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister reiterated that the fight against crime must be multi-pronged involving the Government as lead agent along with the Private Sector and law abiding citizens of the country. We must give full support to the evolving Police Force as they take on the difficult task of crime fighting.
“I have no doubt that success would be achieved and we will get there sooner rather than later” he said “… it is important to know that consultations have been ongoing with the Regional Security System aimed at obtaining the appropriate level of support as we move further in attacking the blight of crime”
Looking towards the future he called for collaboration with a purpose, vision and a focus that help will rather than the devices that disrupt. “When blame is cast the natural reaction is to defend and these kinds of situations get us nowhere at all” noted Dr. Douglas.
Let us work together therefore to secure our communities and build stronger societies in our beloved nation urged the St. Kitts and Nevis leader.