Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 22, 2015 (SKNIS): Crime in Nevis continues to trend downwards. Premier of Nevis and Senior Minister in the Federal Cabinet of St. Kitts and Nevis, Honourable Vance Amory, said he will maintain “a zero tolerance for criminal activity.”

On Wednesday’s edition of the radio programme “Working for You,” Senior Minister Amory reiterated his firm stance for law and order warning that any instability threatens national development.

“The spate of crime, violent crimes, shootings which we have had over the last few years, clearly do no good for the country,” he said. Reference was made to two recent shooting incidents involving police officers. “We must see this as a tragedy but the police have assured that they will do  all within their power, to do the investigation, collect all the evidence and take the appropriate action to deal with the situation once they have completed their investigation.”

However, Senior Minister Amory expressed confidence in the ongoing efforts of the security forces to tackle antisocial elements.

“The environment in which we need to attract investment has to be one which provides security and safety for all of us, locals, investors and so on,” he stated.  “And in that regard, I think the police’s six point plan and the obvious effort which the police have taken in conjunction in Nevis with the army to do patrols, to do interrogation, to stop and search, things like that I think are all steps in the right direction and we need to just continue to do that because it will be imperative that we demonstrate to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis that the Government is serious about fighting crime, reducing crime, eradicating crime and also to ensure that we can all live in peace and safety in our country.”

The Premier of Nevis encouraged law enforcement to maintain a high profile on the streets and in the communities to reassure citizens and enhance public safety.


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