SKN TOP COP PLEDGES INCREASED SECURITY MEASURES
Acting Commissioner of Police, Stafford Liburd has pledged the continued dedication of himself and his police force to ensure public safety in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Using best practices observed internationally, Liburd says the force is developing specific crime fighting strategies with the help of public safety consulting experts from the United Kingdom with “considerable Caribbean policing experience“.
“We have identified hot spots where we will coordinate efforts and department resources to prevent and detect crime,” said Liburd in a broadcast this week. “We know crimes are being committed, and we will focus our efforts in preventing those crimes and pursue, arrest and bring to justice, those who choose to commit crime.”
Acting Commissioner Liburd said that the efforts of the police will be further galvanized by advanced surveillance technology and mobile command support.
“You will begin to see more officers walking the streets in key areas,“he stressed. “You will see more patrol in key areas. I have instructed the deployment of our command vehicle. This will be a key element in addressing immediate and long term public safety issues. We are also seeking to harness new technology to fight crime, including effective use of modern CCTV throughout the island. Some of the cameras the public will see. Some you will not. Criminals will be identified and have no rest in St. Kitts and Nevis.”
The acting police chief said that while his force is cracking down on crime and has already begun to place extra police in key locations, he wishes to assure civilians that officers are not there to occupy but serve nehighbourhoods.
“We are implementing traditional and modern community policing methods in our neighborhoods,” said Liburd. “Policing is not about occupying neighborhoods. True policing is about serving our neighborhoods. True community policing has worked around the world. If done properly, it will work here. True community policing empowers both the community and the officers. It creates the environment for true collaboration. Officers know the community and the community knows the officers.”
Liburd reminded citizens that they are partners in crime fighting and have a vested interest in assisting the force however they can. He encouraged citizens who wish to contribute to the improved safety of their communities to join the force and to report any information they have to the confidential Crime Stoppers line on 1-800-8477.