Nevis PM Places Fight Against Crime High On Agenda

Nevis Premier - Joseph Parry

Nevis Government Vows To Reduce Crime

Charlestown, Nevis
January 7th, 2009

The fight against crime is one of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) led Government’s highest priorities as was clearly stated in the 2006 Manifesto.

Over the last two years the Government has introduced a number of programs to assist alienated young people to become active contributing members of society.

The Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry, in his 2009 New Year’s message declared that many jobs were provided by government for the young people of Nevis. He further indicated that local and regional training was provided for those who were willing to grasp the opportunity.

Furthermore, the Premier reemphasized his Government’s efforts to stem negative behavior among our youth.  “In 2006, we were aware of the emergence of the gang culture, of drug use and the tendency of a number of elements toward criminal behavior. We have supported the police in every way we can. We assisted with a police dog, vehicles for patrol, speed traps and computers,” he said.

The Premier also stated that there is still a great need to provide the police with more equipment and materials for them to be more effective.

According to the Premier, the response of the expatriate community has been positive in rallying to the Government’s assistance.

“The protection and security of Nevis is the business of all of us– local and expatriate alike. We need to pay for security by paying our taxes. This goes for all businesses operating on Nevis. It makes no sense to identify problems and expect protection but make no financial contribution. I am appealing to all concerned to be involved now!”

Finally, with respect to crime, the Premier concluded that he is optimistic that Nevis will succeed in rooting out the problem.  He said he is satisfied that young people can be more constructive in their lifestyle. “It will take time; but we must never get tired of trying,” he reiterated.

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