Crime Stoppers remains effective in St Kitts-Nevis

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — The success of Crime Stoppers St Kitts-Nevis was shared with delegates from Africa, Australia, Asia and Eastern Europe who attended the 34th Annual Crime Stoppers International Conference last week.

Commissioner Celvin G. Walwyn listens as a new investigative tool was being demonstrated during the Crime Stoppers International Conference
Commissioner of Police Celvin G. Walwyn participated in the September 29 to October 2 conference held in Barbados and told his colleagues “the programme has been very successful” since its launch in the twin-island federation in December 2012.

“Since the introduction of Crime Stoppers St Kitts-Nevis, many arrests have been made and two cold (homicide) cases were re-opened because of concrete tips received from the concerned citizens of the federation,” he stated.

While there was exchange of best practices with law enforcement officials from across the region and further afield, the highlight came when a representative of the Coalition of Support for St Kitts-Nevis Security Initiatives (CSSKSNI) purchased and donated a new tool to be used by law enforcement to aid in criminal investigations. The product was one of two tools shown to the top police officials.

Walwyn expressed pleasure for the ongoing support from the private sector coalition.

“The donation of this product saves the police force many thousands of dollars and will impact the reduction of property crimes in the federation,” he explained, deliberately withholding the name of the tool. “The product will be introduced to members of the Criminal Investigation Division in the latter half of October 2013.”

Walwyn encouraged the public to continue calling 1-800-8477 to report crimes anonymously. The caller does not have to give a name or number and may be eligible for a reward. All calls are answered by an agent in Canada who cannot tell the identity of a caller.

The police chief reiterated his appreciation to the CSSKSNI as well as to the Crime Stoppers St Kitts-Nevis Board, the government of St Kitts and Nevis, the men and women of the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force and the general public for their continued support as the law enforcement agency follows the new motto of “Making the Difference in Community and Law Enforcement.”

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