Public safety in Nevis is a Federal responsibility which has been met by my office through manpower, resources, and training. Nevis had an 8 percent increase in crime in 2013. While no one likes increases in crime, Nevis can be proud of their police division of the fact that in 2013, hard work paid off with an above national crime detection rate of 43%. Our monthly stats are posted on Facebook by the 10th of each month for the world to see. Nevis is at full manpower strength and will be receiving additional officers in February when the present recruits at the training academy graduates
Nevis had their struggles in 2013. However, Police Officers assigned to Nevis have re-committed themselves to improving public safety on Nevis. This can be seen in the increase in police presence and the detection rate. The 2013 NIA government continues their support for the police in Nevis and provided some local financial support. This was no different than the previous administration whose priority was crime reduction. However, the bulk of public safety support such as the financing of the logistics in the fight to reduce crime in Nevis, was funded by the Federal Government.
As officials we must understand that what we say publicly is often regarded as fact; I ask that our leaders get the facts straight before making erroneous statements. As leaders, we have a responsibility to clarify our statements if they are going to be released for public consumption.
As the Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, I want to publicly thank the men and women of the Nevis Command, and their subordinates, for their re-commitment to the continued fight to reduce crime in Nevis. I also want to thank the residents of Nevis for their support in the fight against crime. I know that it is inconvenient at times when you are stopped and searched, when search warrants are executed on your premises. However, through the diligence of your police officers, and through your continued cooperation and support, we have removed in excess of six (6) firearms from the streets of Nevis just in the last few months alone. We could not have done it without your support for the local Nevis division. Thank you.
As Commissioner, I wish to publicly thank you and ask that you continue to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 as it is a free call to Canada. Your name and phone number is not shown when you call. Your identity is not known so it cannot be leaked. You may also be eligible for a reward so please continue to call Crime Stoppers as you did in 2013. Your tips from Nevis has given us leads that lead to arrests and have given us new leads to re-open cold cases. I encourage you to please pass the number around to everyone. It is free, and you are helping the police keep you safe. Always know that together, we can make a difference. So, if you see something, please, say something. May God bless you and your loved ones in 2014.