By Lesroy W. Williams
(Basseterre, St. Kitts)-“Persons might say, ‘You caught one but how many more are there?'”
“We don’t know.”
These were the words of Inspector Cromwell Henry, Public Relations Officer for the St. Kitts and Nevis Police Force, in speaking about the arrest and charge of No.664 Constable Germin Gaskin of Upper Shaw Avenue, who allegedly was an accomplice with Anthony Francis of River Park, Nevis in the armed robbery of a Nevisian businessman on May 29. The Charlestown businessman was robbed of his personal belongings, including a sum of money.
At the time of Constable Gaskin being charged, Inspector Henry said that the actions of rogue cops would not be tolerated in the Police Force because it undermines public trust and confidence in the police.
Ten days later, another police officer has been charged, his actions threatening to undermine public trust and confidence in the police.
According to the police, No. 671 Constable Junior Gordon of Molineux was arrested on June 9 and charged with the offence of indecent assault. The offence was committed on March 22, 2008.
He is currently out on bail and was suspended from active duty pending the determination of the charge. Indecent assault “refers to touching the genitals or breasts of a person. The March 22 incident involved a juvenile victim, according to police. Police officers breaking the law will not be tolerated, Inspector Henry said. Mr. Gordon’s arrest “shows that we mean we are serious about ridding the force of those bad apples,” he said. “It’s black and white. If you commit a crime, you must face the court.”
With the eleventh murder committed for the year in Nevis on June 11, and with the escalating incidents of crime in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Inspector Henry said that police officers should keep their noses clean and not recklessly break the law that they have sworn to uphold and defend.
Inspector Henry highlighted that the Police are having much difficulty in solving murder cases especially those that are gun-related. Many people are afraid to come forward and give evidence in murder cases because they are afraid of firearms, he said.
Inspector Henry underscored the importance of confidentiality on the part of the Police. This was one of the key factors coming out of the Town Hall Meetings that the Police have been holding in several communities throughout St. Kitts to improve the relationship between the public and the Police he said.
On the banner of the Police used at the Town Hall meetings is written: “Justice is rooted in confidence”.