The Police have vowed to launch a crackdown on elements in society “who have set out to disrupt peace.”
This was the message pushed out by the Police High Command after an emergency meeting between the security forces- the Police and Defence Force- and the National Security Advisor (Ret.) Major General Stewart Saunders, on Thursday morning, February 14.
The meeting was triggered by five homicides in six days in St. Kitts.
“The violence that we are being presented with is deplorable and, as such, a number of measures will be put in place, with immediate effect, to crackdown on crime. In addition to this, the support of all residents and citizens is required to also ensure that these measures are successful and that our country returns to acceptable levels of normalcy,” the release stated.
“We are prepared to implement whatever is necessary, under the law, to secure the peace the people of this country deserve,” the Police High Command said.
Ironically, another murder occurred in the shadow of the emergency meeting. A young man was gunned down in Old Road, making it an unbelievable 6 murders in five days in St. Kitts.
It has also been reported that the cabinet of Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris held an emergency meeting last night (February 14), in response to the bloody week past.
It is still not clear as to what the crackdown entails but “information will be shared with the public over the coming days about what to expect during this time,” the release concluded.
There have been seven recorded murders in St. Kitts and Nevis for 2019, one in Nevis and six in St. Kitts. All of the homicides were as a result of gun violence.