BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - OFFICERS of the police force are being commended for the work they have undertaken over the last several months in keeping the level of crime down.
That was offered to the officers today (Aug. 16) by Commissioner of Police, Hilroy Brandy as he addressed various levels of officers at a lecture that also included Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew.
During his presentation, Brandy reminded the officers that as they begin to embrace the new administration, they must also embrace the new polices that they bring for law and order.
Officers have been encouraged to perform at the highest standard as they move to ensure the Federation remains one of the best destinations for people to live, work and visit.
Over the last several years, the Police Force came in for heavy criticisms for its handling of arrest, treatment of some members of the public and the non-sharing of information with the public.
Now, with a new administration in place, the Top Cop is pledging the Force's support to the implementation of the initiatives that will further enhance enforcement of the law and order within St. Kitts and Nevis.
“...as we implement the new priorities, please continue to recognize the power of the police to fulfill action and behaviour, and the ability to secure and maintain public respect,” urged Brandy.
He called for an embracement of the core values of the Force: Leadership, Respect, Integrity, Fairness and Accountability.
But even as he reiterated those values, concerns are still mounting over the officers who are within the Force, as within the last 12 months a number of them have been slapped with various charges, from tossing contraband over the prison walls, abuse of power and possession of illegal firearms.