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Leave cancelled for police in St. Kitts following hike in crime

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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 23, 2016() – Police officers have been recalled to their stations in response to a hike in violent criminal activities.

The high command of the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force took the decision at an emergency strategy meeting on Saturday, a day after two men were killed and several others injured while they were hanging out at a popular liming spot.

The deadly shooting reportedly brought to 14, the number of homicides committed in the federation for the year.

Deputy Commissioner Hilroy Brandy announced that, effective immediately, all rest days, vacation, and leave had been suspended for officers and lawmen had been recalled to their stations and units.

Furthermore, training at the Police Training Centre has been suspended in an effort to ensure greater presence on the streets in Basseterre, Charlestown and in communities.

He added that there will be “stop and searches of persons of interest, vehicular check points, increased patrols, both foot and mobile.”

Deputy Brandy echoed the continuing call for the community to become engaged in the fight against crime and criminal activity in communities.

“We ask for the continuing support of our citizens and residents as we work towards ensuring citizen safety,” he appealed.

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