Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 27, 2019 (SKNIS): Officers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) came in for high praise for their successes in reducing gun-based violence in the twin island Federation at the RSCNPF Awards ceremony held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort on July 25, 2019, under the theme “collaborating with the community in problem solving”.
Featured Speaker, Kris Liburd, who is a lawyer at the Jackie Hunkins-Taylor Law Firm in Nevis, said that despite several challenges faced in fighting crime the Police was able through their vigilance to reduce the number of illegal firearm activities in the Federation in 2018.
“I was advised by the High Command that the heroic efforts of the officers in St. Kitts bore much fruit in 2018 despite the challenges. We saw a reduction in non-fatal shooting by 25%, a reduction in firearm wounding by 83% … and the removal of 34 illegal firearms from our streets,” said Mr. Liburd.
He said that advancements in technology are needed more than ever today because traditional crimes are becoming more sophisticated.
“With each passing day, we will witness the changing faces of crime, the impartial nature of crime, and the devastating consequences of crime,” said Mr. Liburd.
He urged the police officers to continue their hard work and vigilance.
“You cannot afford to rest on your laurels or hide behind glowing statistics,” Mr. Liburd said to the police officers, while encouraging them to “leave no room for complacency.”