National Consultation On Crime Meeting To Be Held

Nevis Premier To Be In Attendance

Nevis Premier To Be In Attendance

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
December 10, 2008 (CUOPM)

High school and college students, educators, journalists, lawyers and politicians are among a wide cross section of the St. Kitts and Nevis community invited to Friday’s National Consultation on Crime.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Mrs. Astona Browne said the consultation at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino at Frigate Bay, will also be attended by representatives of non-governmental and community organisations including the St. Kitts and Nevis Youth Parliamentarians, (SKNYPA), the Rotary Clubs, Lions Club, St. Kitts and Nevis Trades and Labour Union, the St. Kitts Teachers Union, the St. Kitts Nurses Association and the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Political Leader of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), Hon. Vance Amory; Political Leader of the People’s Action Movement (PAM), Mr. Lindsay Grant, Political Leader of the United National Empowerment Party (UNEP), Dr. Henry Browne and the General Secretaries of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) and the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party have also been invited.

The half-hour opening ceremony will feature the invocation by Father Isaiah Phillip and remarks by St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and the Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry.

During the remarks will be said by Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Williams and the FBI official who conducted a study on crime and gang activity in St. Kitts will present a situational analysis of the report.

Prime Minister Douglas is keeping a promise made last week Tuesday on the weekly programme “Ask the Prime Minister” to convene the forum following the receipt of the comprehensive report on crime from a top United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official.

“This National Consultation on Crime will provide the requisite forum to dialogue with Government officials, the security forces and civil society in devising and arriving at clearly defined roles for a collaborative approach to address this scourge,” the Ministry said in a news release.

Participants have been invited to engage in constructive discussions on this issue as their views will further inform the existing national security plan.

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