Nevis Premier Discusses Crime Problem With Police

Nevis Premier With Nevis Police
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Nevis Premier With Nevis Police

Charlestown, Nevis
July 31, 2008

In a continued effort to combat crime on Nevis, Premier, the Hon. Joseph Parry, held yet another in a series of discussions, with top-ranking members of the St. Christopher and Nevis Police force.  The meeting, designed to heighten the awareness of criminal activity and seek ways to thwart the practice, was held at the Premier’s Bath Hotel office Tuesday morning.

Attending the meeting with Premier Parry was Commissioner of the St.Kitts- Nevis Police Force, Mr. Austin Williams, Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Stafford Liburd and Superintendent Mr. Samuel Seabrookes.

While congratulating the Police for bringing things under control very quickly, the Premier added that the government would take additional steps to improve the surveillance and monitoring of movement between St.Kitts and Nevis on the Ferry and the Sea Bridge.  He noted that for the past two weeks we have had no incidents at all on the island of Nevis and that Commissioner Williams has been working very closely with Supt. Seabrookes and the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) to ensure that we deal with the matter speedily and effectively.

According to Commissioner Williams, forces from St.Kitts have been assisting Nevis and will continue to assist the situation for as long as it is needed.

“We are all concerned about the upsurge of Crime in the Federation and we (the police force) are working to curb the criminal activity,” he said. He indicated that a number of strategic operations have been set up to deal with crime. These include a joint twenty-four hour mobile patrol with the Police and Defense Force, as well as bicycle patrol.  He also indicated that members of the police force were very instrumental in reviving and creating many of the boys’ clubs, which are presently situated on St. Kitts and Nevis.

The police are working earnestly and as to date, 24 illegal firearms have been removed from the streets, over 15,000 marijuana plants have been destroyed and roughly 1,500 traffic tickets have been issued.

“An eleven percent rise in crime has occurred in St. Kitts- Nevis and we are putting our best foot forward to address the issue and we are working even harder to bring comfort to the general public,” said Mr. Williams.

It was disclosed during the meeting that additional plans for a close circuit monitor system will be implemented in Basseterre with a view to extend it to Frigate Bay and Charlestown.

On talking about the Culturama Season and the role of the Police, Mr. Williams said Patrols will be available on the island and special attention will be made to look at the Ferry and Sea Bridge in an effort to monitor suspicious persons.

“This meeting has to do with what we discussed in the past and also what we are hoping to do in the future and this is how serious we take the issue of crime and crime prevention on the island of Nevis,” concluded Premier Parry.

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