Police Mobile Command Unit
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
January 03, 2014 (SKNIS)
The crime fighting efforts of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) are being accelerated with the handing over of a custom-built mobile command unit and four additional Pathfinder SUVs.
The vehicles were given as part of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Safety and Security Improvement Programme and represent the government’s drive to improve safety and security in the Federation, according to Permanent Secretary of the Anti-crime Unit, Her Excellency Astona Browne.
“The officers now have the capacity to apply modern technology in detecting criminal activity,” said Ambassador Browne. “They have modern crime fighting capabilities through training in many areas of law enforcement, which have proven quite effective as the officers are now more knowledgeable in processing and analyzing information that leads to the apprehension of criminals.”
Prime Minister, and Minister with responsibility for the Anti-crime Unit, The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas, said that the decision to add this unit to the force, which was in motion since 2012, will enhance not only the crime fighting capabilities of the force, but improve its reassuring presence in communities across the federation as well.
“Presence, visibility and community relationship are very important where policing is concerned. This unit will facilitate all three because it brings to life the meaning of the word “Ëœpresence’. That’s what our communities are asking for. That’s what our citizens are demanding.”
Commissioner of Police, Celvin G. Walwyn stressed that the addition of the vehicles and the comprehensive training for the officers that would be operating it will help the force to continue to reduce the crime rate.
“We ask the public’s continued support as we continue to turn back crime in the federation.as of today I can tell you that crime is still down and I thank the members of the RSCNPF for their support in the fight against crime.”
The mobile command unit, which serves as a moving meeting room is outfitted with a number of modern technologies to assist in crime fighting such as audio-visual equipment, data communication facilities, an internal server, electricity generator, Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), WiFi, First Aid tools, 360 degree surveillance and will be run on low-sulfur diesel.
Under similar initiatives, the force has also received 10 Luxgen model vehicles as well as a state of the art fire tender in Nevis earlier in 2014.