Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, who is the Minister of National Security, says that his Team Unity administration plans to strengthen and expand its crime reduction efforts, which will take a more multinational and multisectoral approach in 2017.
In essence, all hands are required to be on deck in the fight against crime, a fight that the Honourable Prime Minister says will be even more aggressive this year, with the deployment of another mobile patrol unit, as well as drones, among other crime reduction strategies.
On Thursday, February 9th, 2017, the Ministry of National Security held a National Crime Reduction Symposium at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort. The symposium was co-sponsored by the Coalition of Support for St. Kitts-Nevis Security Initiatives (CSSKNSI), its longtime benefactor and partner in the fight against crime. The CSSKNSI includes Christophe Harbour, Cockleshell Bay Development, Four Seasons Resort Nevis Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Royal St. Kitts Hotel & Casino (formerly known as Jack Tar), St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino, and Windsor University.
In attendance were more than 200 stakeholders from among the society who work in customs and border protection, education, finance, healthcare, law enforcement, legal services, social services, sustainable development and the media. Also present were family members of crime victims and stakeholders who work with cultural organizations, sports clubs and youth groups. The one-day symposium, which focused on Uprooting Crime & Violence, featured an engaging and relevant keynote presentation in the morning by Dr. Neals Chitan, as well as group work and discussions facilitated by him in the afternoon. Dr. Chitan is a crime reduction specialist and social skills consultant who is working with the Team Unity Government.
At the National Crime Reduction Symposium, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris appealed to the people in the room and society as a whole to get ready to play an enhanced role in reducing crime and molding children into model citizens.