BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - IN an effort to “bolster performance” in the area of national security, all members of the various law enforcement agencies in St. Kitts and Nevis will have to undergo a polygraph screening system that was implemented by the Ministry of National Security.
Confirmation came from the Ministry, which indicated that the apparatus is currently undergoing “a multi-agency manpower upgrade”.
The upgrade, according to the Ministry is being done by way of Polygraph testing.
“Having begun on November 6th, 2023, testing started with the highest ranked officers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF); the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF); His Majesty’s Prison; and the Immigration Department. It is being administered by officials from the Regional Security System (RSS) and will continue through to November 9 th, 2023,” the statement read.
The Ministry said, “Already a long-established global standard, Polygraph testing is set to become a part of the internal administrative and management structures within the nation’s law enforcement and national security agencies in the near future.”
There have long been concerns over the use of polygraph testing within the national security apparatus, with some questioning whether there is any legal basis for dismissal if someone fails the test.