Community Policing Receives Boost With Donation Of Motor Vehicles Jermine Abel Story Updated: September 18th 2015 at 3:10 pm John Zuliani of the Coalition of Support for St. Kitts and Nevis Security Initiative handing over the Keys PS in the Ministry of National Security, Osmond Petty.
The St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force today (Sept. 18) received two new SUVs, a Toyota Rav 4 and a Suzuki Vitara, in its bid to combat crime through community policing operations. The keys to the vehicles were handed over by John Zuliani of the Coalition of Support for St. Kitts and Nevis Security Initiative to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Osmond Petty, who passed them on to Acting Commissioner of Police, Stafford Liburd. In a handing over ceremony at the Police Training Complex, COP Liburd said the Force plans to use the vehicles in its thrust to combat the level of crime affecting the federation. “We intend to use these gifts in our continued fight against crime, and also to serve the public in St Kitts and Nevis. It is our intention to put them to best use and it is our intention to take good care as we have done with other vehicles that we have received from this partnership.” He underscored that through private partnerships, such as the gesture by the Coalition, the police force is being assisted in achieving its goals. “I must express my appreciation to the Coalition’s partners…It is important for me to acknowledge that over the years they have been a consistent partner with the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force.” Meanwhile, PS Petty explained that with the Police force implementing its six-point crime reduction plan they have encountered a major challenge since operations began, due to a lack of vehicles to carry out patrols. “We had and we still have lots of hope for the success. It has had some success but the major challenge has always been vehicles, to assist and to maintain the community patrol aspect. “When we have patrol in one part of the country, stop and searches and so on- and you move to another section you still have to maintain a presence in those other areas.” Petty expressed gratitude for the gesture by the Non-governmental organization and encouraged more entities to come on board.