RECRUIT TRAINING BEGINS
On Tuesday, April 22, 2008, course number 36 was officially declared opened by Minister of National Security, Hon. Dwyer Astaphan. In attendance at the brief ceremony were Permanent Secretary in The Ministry of National Security, Ms. Astona Browne, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Williams, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Liburd, Force Chaplin, Mr. Leroy Benjamin, Force Personnel Officer and other Gazetted ranks of the Police Force. The course is comprised of 21 recruits, who were admonished to be disciplined and hard-working in their training and to carry themselves at the highest levels at all times whether on or off the compound. The Honorable Dwyer Astaphan donated two books on motivation to the Police Training Center before he officially declared course number 36 opened. The recruits are a cross-section of nationalities with 12 from Dominica, 4 from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 3 from St. Kitts-Nevis and 2 from Grenada. For the next 26 weeks these young men will undergo training in various aspects of law and Policing, at the end of which they will become fully trained Police Officers, and will be assigned to various departments.
COMMISSIONERS OF POLICE AND MILITARY CHIEFS MEET IN FEDERATION
The Ninth Meeting of the CARICOM Standing Committees of Commissioners of Police and Military Chiefs was held at the Marriott Resort, St. Kitts and Nevis on 17-18 April 2008. During this Meeting, Mr. Henry Greene, Commissioner of Police, Guyana and Col. Alvin Quintyne, Chief of Staff, Barbados assumed the position of Chairs of the respective Standing Committees for the period 2008-2009.
The objective of the Meeting was to consider the decisions of the Thirteenth Special Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government which focused on Crime and Security and to discuss the mechanisms to be utilized to implement the Action Plan, agreed to by Heads of Government. During the opening session, delegates were welcomed by Mr. Austin Williams, Commissioner of Police, St. Kitts and Nevis and addressed briefly by Lynne Anne Williams, Executive Director, CARICOM IMPACS, who contextualized the meeting.
In attendance were Commissioners of Police and Military Chiefs from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Delegates also included Directors and other Senior Officers of the CARICOM Secretariat, the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), the Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC) and the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre (RIFC).
The Meeting addressed the continued efforts on the development of a Regional Crime and Security Strategy, the implementation of the Regional Investigation Management System (RIMS) and the Regional Integrated Ballistics Information Network (RIBIN). Other issues addressed included increased capability and co-ordination among law enforcement agencies, use of available technology in detection, deterrence and seizure of illegal drugs, comprehensive crime scene management including the use of DNA, the establishment of counter-kidnapping units and training of personnel in homicide and gang investigations. The Regional Justice Protection Programme was also addressed and the Standing Committees have committed to continue work to ensure full development of the Programme.
The operational elements discussed during this Meeting will be presented at the Sixth Meeting of the Council of Ministers responsible for National Security and Law Enforcement.
S L HORSFORDS DONATES
The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force was the recipient of a 2000 model Nissan Sunny motor car donated by Horsford Automotive Division. In a brief handing over ceremony at the Horsford Automotive Division show room on Thursday 17th April 2008, Marketing Manager for the company, Mr. Valentine Monish delivered the keys to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Liburd. The vehicle with a value of $32,000 will be used by the (DARE) Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. In accepting the keys, Mr. Liburd assured Mr. Monish that the vehicle will be used for the purpose intended and expressed heartfelt thanks on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, for the corporate gesture extended to the police.
A juvenile from Mad house Alley was on Monday 21st April 2008 arrested and charged with the offence of possession of cannabis.
Crispin Carey of Tabernacle was on Monday 21st April 2008 arrested and charged with the offence of carrying abroad an offensive weapon.
Dale Rochester of Newtown Ground Village was arrested and charged on Monday 21st April 2008 with the offences of possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
Adaobi Okonkwo of Camps Village, Nevis, was arrested and charged on Monday 21st April 2008 with the offences of driving when not covered by insurance and driving without a valid and unexpired driver’s license.
Devon Maynard of Newtown, Mervin Jeremy of Fiennes Avenue, Kenya Dickenson of St. Pauls Village, Conrad Clarke of Basseterre and Herbert Carty of Wades Garden, were all arrested and charged on Monday 21st April 2008 with the offence of battery.
Lauston Williams of Bay View was on Sunday 20th April 2008 arrested and charged for making use of threatening language.
Mervin Jeremy alias ‘Gorgomel’ of Mc Knight was arrested and charged on Sunday 20th April 2008 with the offence of wounding with intent. The offence was committed on 26th February 2008.
Charles Webster of Old Road was arrested and charged Friday 18th April 2008 with the offence of building breaking and larceny. The offence was committed on 13th April 2008.
A 17 year old juvenile from Buckley’s Site appeared before the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court to answer the charge of wounding with intent that was brought against him. He was convicted and placed on probation for 12 months under the conditions that he is to observe a curfew at his parent’s residence from 7:00 p.m to 6:00 a.m daily. In addition, the juvenile must attend counseling and is not to be seen in the company of undesirables. The juvenile is also ordered to pay $5,000.00 in compensation to the complainant in three months or serve three months in prison. On 22nd January 2007 police responded to a report at the JNF Hospital and met Faust Richards of Greenlands with a wound on his forehead. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest and charge that was brought against the juvenile.
Leon Griffin of Water Works, Cayon, also appeared before the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court on Monday 21st April 2008 to answer the charges of possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to supply. He was convicted and sentenced to one year and five years in prison respectively for the offences. Both sentences are to run concurrently.
A juvenile, 17, from St. Pauls Village appeared before the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court to answer a charge of escaping lawful custody on 8th October 2007. His probation was revoked and he was sentenced to three months in prison.
Police conducted operations on Monday 21st April 2008 in the St. Peters area and a total of 120 marijuana plants were found growing on a plot of land at Cedar Grove. The plants, which range in height from seedlings to three feet were uprooted and taken into custody. No one was held accountable for the find.
POLICE SEARCH OPERATIONS
Police on Nevis executed a search warrant on premises at Newcastle on Friday 18th April 2008 for illegal drugs, arms and ammunition. Four rounds of ammunition were found in a bedroom occupied by a 15 years old juvenile. As a result of the find, the juvenile was arrested and charged for possession of ammunition.
Police on Nevis also executed a search warrant on April 18th 2008, on the premises of Rudolph Browne of Rawlins Pasture for illegal drugs, arms and ammunition and a quantity of marijuana was found on the premises. As a result of the find, Rudolph was taken into custody and charged with the offence of possession of cannabis.
On Sunday 20th April 2008 police responded to a report of shooting at Henry’s Night Club in Cayon. On arrival the Police conducted a search on the premises. A total of 73 persons were searched for illegal drugs, arms and ammunition. A quantity of marijuana was found on a 15 years old juvenile from Ogee Ghaut St. Peters, as well as on the floor of the Disco. The juvenile was arrested. Further searches carried out on the premises revealed a .380 pistol with a magazine of five rounds of ammunition in the back yard of the premises. No one was held accountable for the find.