The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Terrance Drew, who is also responsible for the Ministry of social security, has reiterated his commitment to prioritizing the safety and security of the nation’s people. In line with the commitment, the Ministry of National Security has urged the various security agencies in the country to take up a zero-tolerance response to the crime.
The Government under Dr Terrance Drew has implemented a crime reduction strategy under which the security agencies engage in community policing. They will receive specialized training under this initiative. It will help them target a reduction in repeat offenders and help them prevent gang memberships and recruitment.
The security agencies will further establish a haven for the youth who identified as a part of the at-risk Strata. Meanwhile, they have urged the people to focus on maintaining law and order in the country.
During the budget address for the year 2023, Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew noted that peace and stability in society are critical for social and economic development. Meanwhile, he termed them essential to accomplish the progressive Island State Agenda of St Kitts and Nevis.
At the same time, he noted that the country’s treatment of security forces should follow natural justice rules. Reportedly, the Government has allocated a large portion of budget resources to the recruitment, retention, and upgrading workforce in the Police and Defence Forces, Immigration Department, Fire & Rescue, and Prison Services. Accordingly, the Government will provide several capacity-building initiatives throughout the respective agencies.
Minister of National Security, St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Terrance Drew, assured the people in his budget address that the security officials are working diligently to ensure improvement in peace and safety. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister assured them they would analyze the crime data in the region, which will influence future policing methods.
The Government has implemented several crime reduction initiatives, including using science and technology for crime prevention and problem-solving. Additionally, the Government will arrange for specialized training of the police in areas such as ballistics and DNA testing, cybercrime, and intelligence.
Several crime reduction initiatives are in effect, including the continuous use of science and technology for crime prevention and problem-solving, the acceptance and active support of the current social intervention programs, as well as specialized training for the police in areas such as ballistics and DNA testing, cybercrime, and intelligence.