PM Says Steps are Being Taken to Address Crime and Violence in St. Kitts and Nevis

Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNSOURCE) — Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew, the Prime Minister and Minister of National Security of St. Kitts and Nevis, says that his administration has strengthened the nation’s national security infrastructure through strategic actions.

Dr. Drew mentioned local initiatives including, among other things, the restructuring of the Alternative Lifestyle Pathway Program to “Elevate Program” and plans to organise a group to address crime and violence from a public health perspective. 

“We have invested heavily in national security in a number of different agencies. We have brought on more experts to help us set up the necessary infrastructure that we would need to deal with this. But apart from that, we have also gone out to ensure that in the broader sense of social services, we have expanded that so that we create a wholesome environment and an environment that is nor prone to create gangs…”

The problem of crime and violence, according to Prime Minister Dr. Drew, cannot be resolved quickly, but the public will appreciate that the St. Kitts and Nevis government is making serious efforts to address it.

The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force has been ramping up efforts to suppress violent crimes across communities in the Federation. The local police has reinstated the School Liaison Officer programme to encourage positive mentorship of our young students, and will encourage and support neighbourhood watches, improve the dissemination of information to the public, train national security personnel in all areas of service, maximize the use of technology and forensic science in their operations, and support youth-focused and behavioural programmes of the Ministries of Education and Social Services.

Prime Minister Dr. Drew stated that St. Kitts and Nevis has cooperated with the United States of America, Canada, and the United Kingdom on a worldwide scale. Numerous law enforcement professionals from St. Kitts and Nevis have benefited from the training opportunities thanks to sponsorship from the government of St. Kitts and Nevis for the Regional Security System. 

The national security minister also disclosed that money had been spent on a radar system and other tools for keeping an eye on the nation’s coasts. According to him, this will reduce the amount of illegal firearms and gun trafficking in the waters around the Caribbean.  

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