BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – AS a result of the various strategies implemented by the High Command of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force in in their 2019 Policing Plan, the crime rate for this year is significantly lower than those of 2018 1nd 2017.
This revelation was made by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) with Responsibility for Operations, Adolph Adams.
He was at the time speaking on a recent ‘Police with You’ radio programme aired on ZIZ.
A police communiqué reported that in his explanation for this achievement, Adams said the High Command had set a mandate to reduce major crimes by at least 20 percent, which the Police Force had successful attained.
He noted that as a result of the mandate, the twin-island Federation has been “a much safer place to live and to do business”.
“We have put a number of strategies in place to make our Federation safe. We have put a lot of resources into prevention, and that includes intelligence-led policing, targeted operations, engaging stakeholders, community policing, continuous improvement and administration.”
The ACP stated that in recent times, more of their programmes have been geared towards children so that they could be nurtured and guided in a positive direction.
“The High Command thought it was best to strategise and bring about programmes we can engage our children in and steer them away from a life of crime and a life of gangsterism…In doing so, I think we will have a more productive society if we guide our children in a positive path. One of the things that we are trying to push is community policing. We are really reaching out to our communities by way of youth engagement programmes.”
ACP Adams declared that the National Intervention Team had become the face of the organisation as it relates to Community Policing, specifically with children.
He informed that the Police Force has several community outreach programmes, including the Explorer’s Clubs with a membership of over 700.
“We are already seeing the effects of our plans. We have seen the drastic reduction of crime by almost 30 percent and an increase in the detection rate. I think this is one of the best times that police is enjoying since I’m into crime fighting.
“As a community and as a Police Force, we have been doing good so far. I am very thankful for all the information that has been coming to the police from the community in order for us to be so successful in fighting crime,” said ACP Adams.