Speculation about Celvin G Walwyn’s future as Commissioner of Police in St. Kitts-Nevis has been put to rest; he is staying put. Walwyn has had three years at the helm of The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, assuming the post from retired Commissioner Austin Williams on August 31, 2011. Reportedly, his contract was to have expired at the end of August this year. In an Observer exclusive, Walwyn confirmed that he will remain in the Federation as Police Commissioner. “Yes, contract negotiations have begun,”he said. When pressed for details about said contract, the Commissioner responded, “I cannot speak to that. That is the duty of the government when the appropriate time is near.”Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas has publicly commended Walwyn’s leadership on numerous occasions. At a recent event Dr. Douglas lauded Walwyn as ‘the widely respected and most effective Commissioner”. The business community has also expressed support for police initiatives implemented under CoP Walwyn. This has been borne out not just in sentiment but tangible donations, including the donation of a building for female trainees, vehicles and equipment for police. CoP Walwyn has also implemented a long list of training courses for officers with experts from the FBI and regional and international law enforcement agencies. Officers from various units have travelled to the US and Caribbean islands for specialized training. His tenure has not been without its challenges however. Walwyn has been criticized by members of the general public for alleged false arrests and his handling of some high profiled cases, including the Dylon Clarke disappearance in Nevis and the Trevor Douglas shooting death in St. Kitts. Walwyn’s continual clashes with Opposition members on St. Kitts have led to calls for his resignation by the party leaders. They have accused him of political bias and unfairness, and have also criticized his frequent travels since becoming Top Cop. Most recently the CoP came under fire over comments made regarding the Nevis Island Administration in the Treasury fire debacle. The Commissioner has maintained that his record of success speaks for itself. According to police statistics, there has been a steady decrease in major crimes over the past few years. Last month crime was down 47%, according to the statistics and based on comparative data, there has been a more than 40% overall reduction in crime between 2011 and 2013. The Commissioner said attempts by detractors to malign him through propaganda “cannot derail me from my commitment to serving the people of this Federation”.