By Loshaun Dixon
Basseterre, St. Kitts-The work of the Regional Security System (RSS) in St. Kitts and Nevis has been hailed by Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis following a five week operation in the Federation.
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Timothy Harris indicated that the two murders that took place just hours apart on Tuesday was just an example as to why the presence of the RSS was warranted in the past month.
“The loss of any life in this brutal way in which retaliatory killings with gangs and drugs are taking place cannot be countenance for those who truly want law and order to prevail,” he said. “This is why my government on advice of our security forces invited the RSS into our country. Mark you, this is not the first occasion for the RSS to be invited here.”
He also reminded that the RSS has been invited in 1989, 1994, 1995, 1998 and in 2007 and indicated that there was an importance for their presence.
“With the upsurge in homicide there was a clear and pressing need to call in the RSS. We are a treaty member of the RSS and we are up to date with our contributions to the RSS. The RSS is available to all member states on request and we will never recoil from their use when our security forces require that additional help,” he said.
He noted that during the period when the organization was present in the Federation there was a lull on the criminal front.
“The commissioner of Police has provided us with the Operation Safe Street was an outstanding success and the calm and quiet in which we experienced over the last five weeks attest to this. The JNF Hospital personnel reports a welcome respite from gun related incidents during the deployment of the RSS relative to the same period in 2015,” he stated.
- Harris made a comparison of gun incidents between same time period in 2015 and 2016
“Between September, 1 and October 15 there were four gunshot related cases and during the same period of 2016 there was no reported incident of gunshot trauma at the JNF hospital,” he pointed out.
He also thanked the other regional governments for making the organization available to St. Kitts and Nevis.
“Let me again thank my colleague Heads of Government for being so responsive in allowing their citizens to serve and protect our citizens and residents in our beloved country of St. Kitts and Nevis,” he said.
Dr. Harris refused to rule out future visits of the organisation.