Assistance from the general public has been critical to the solving of crimes in the Federation according to Deputy Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy.
The Police for years have asked individuals in the public with information on crimes to come forward, but with the lack of proper witness protection many have been afraid to do so.
However the police offered a Crime Stoppers service where individuals can call an overseas line and provide anonymous tips and be eligible for rewards. They also had a crime reporter app where individuals can also give anonymous tips
Brandy questioned on the publics assistance by the Observer at a recent National Security press conference indicated that the public has helped the police in numerous breakthroughs.
The public has been quite helpful with us a few of our cases we have been able to solve just as recent as last week were from tips we received from the general public, he said.
He acknowledged that the public may be reluctant to come forward with information. Most of the time they are not willing to come forward to give evidence, but once you pass on the information the police will work the information and results. We encourage the general public to continue to pass the necessary information because solving the crime all of us will benefit.
Brandy also highlighted the ways in which the tips are passed. If there is an officer they trust they will pass the information, sometimes they will call on the telephone as well as use of the Crime Stoppers service.
Many have however called for National Security officials to set up a proper witness protection in the Federation after many witnesses have lost their lives just before they were set to give evidence in court as well as to encourage individual with information to come forward.