ONGOING POLICE TRAINING BUILDS CAPACITY WITHIN THE FORCE.

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(Photo Caption: Deputy Commander Of The Training School, Inspector Dickerson)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 30, 2015 (RSCNPF): The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is well on its way in building capacity within the ranks through ongoing training that gives the various departments and units depth with regards to persons trained to perform specific duties. 

“Great teams have depth,” says Assistant Commissioner of Police,  responsible for Operations Vaughan Henderson. “Just like a professional team may have players they can call on when the primary is down, and not affect the team’s performance, so do we in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force. Our depth comes from training,..we are doing a lot of cross training, we are building the capacity for the future of the Force and we are doing it now.”

To date in this year, Officers have been trained locally by regional and international partners in the following areas; leadership and management with the Police Supervisory Courses;  Training and Officer Development with the Instructors Course; and area specific training in Immigration, Investigations, Crime Scene Management and Preservation, Interviewing Techniques, Firearms and Ballistics tracing and marking procedures, Discreet Shadowing and Monitoring and others.  In the coming months Officers will attend the Senior Investigating Officer’s course; Awareness courses in Crime Skills, Witness Protection, Family Liaison and Disclosure of Evidence. 

Institutional capacity developmental courses in Media, Communications, Court Giving Evidence, Strategic Oversight and Customer Service are also on the calendar for the coming months.

Deputy Commander of the Police Training School,  Inspector Eldrin Dickerson shared, that over 220 training opportunities have been afforded to Officers locally in job related training this year.  “Our training efforts will continue as we continue to shape a 21st century Police Force for a fast developing country like St. Kitts and Nevis,” he added.  

“Many of the courses held over the past months, also benefited our partners, partners at Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise Department, the Department of Social Services and other governmental agencies,” said the school’s Deputy Commander, Inspector Dickenson.

“This capacity building though ongoing training augers well for the Force,” said Commissioner(Ag) Liburd.  He added, “A better trained Force will deliver results. Our Officers are equipped with investigative tools, the interviewing tools, the crime scene collection and preservation skills, the ballistics and firearm tracing capabilities, and the collective knowledge from all the other training that have been conducted and we are poised to deliver.”

“We will, but we will also need the help of the community, and the information the community may have that relates to crime and criminal activity is critical, share it by calling the Police or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-8477, and let’s stop crime together,”  the Commissioner said.

Premier Of Nevis, Deputy Premier – Minister Of Sports And Ambassador Of Sports In The Federal Government Have Not Shown The Respect To Young Philo That He Rightfully Deserves.

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SKN PULSE,  Wednesday 28th October,  2015 – Scores of Nevisians turned out to the Elquemedo Willett Park on Saturday 24th October to partake in a candle light vigil and the Charlestown Methodist Church on Wednesday 28th October for the home going service of the late Philo Wallace, the Government Road All-Star who was destined for greatness. As his former classmates, friends, family,  teammates and the region mourn the loss of a talented Cricketer,  it causes me to reflect on the value of sporting personalities, the past, the present and the future.

Such an unfortunate incident highlights in my view the lack of respect/recognition bestowed upon our men, women and children who would have participated and continue to partake in sports. Seemingly, if one where to do a poll many of our citizens either wouldn’t know Philo Wallace or even know of his contributions to the game of cricket. Said that to say this, the contributions in sports be it Cricket,  Net-ball, Track and Field or Soccer are often not highlighted as there isn’t any strategic plan in place for the development of sports at current.

To add insult to injury, when the Premier of Nevis addressed the press in St. Kitts and not in Nevis it brought to light the disregard for sport personalities and the lack of respect for our nation’s youth and their contributions. While, a representative of the Leeward Island Cricket Board expressed sympathies on behalf of the Board, while former West Indian Player Philo Wallace expressed his sympathies,  the Ministry Of Sports remained silent. This is alarming especially when at a very young age,  Philo Wallace had etched his name to fame as one of the “most promising all round cricketer in his age group”.

Bear in mind that a mere few months prior the dismissal of Mr. Elquemedo  Willett was a hot topic. After serving in the capacity of Physical Education officer,  our Cricketing Hero wasn’t even given a grand send-off. Today,  the Philo Wallace product that Mr. Willet ably helped to develop was laid to rest without a national address from the Minister responsible for sports. At a time when the Nevisian populace mourns, the donation of some Soccer Balls from the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots seemed more convenient to post rather than organising a Press Conference or having a statement released to address the humane service Philo Wallace gave to the beloved island of Nevis.

For the record, it would have been a delight, to hear a press release from the Minister of Sports or even the Sports Ambassador in the Federal Government highlighting the significant  contributions made by this young Cricketer as he represented his island in cricket from a very tender age. Additionally,  he would have ventured to St. Kitts, Antigua, Jamaica and other regional islands to partake in many tournaments during his career. A stance must be taken, our Net-ballers, our Cricketers, our footballers and our Athletes deserve their due Respect and Recognition.

In an era where aspersions are cast on our young men, it is my view that the example set by Philo Wallace should be highlighted with much delight.  Permit me to highlight his accolades accordingly:

1) Primary School Cricket: Most Outstanding Player – 2010-2011,  Charlestown Primary School.

2) Former Member Of The Charlestown Secondary School Cricket Team.

3) Represented Nevis As A Player In The Following Tournaments:

Under 13
Under 15
Under 17
Under 19
Senior Cricket Team

4) Represented Nevis As A Player On The Leeward Islands Under 19 Team.

In his last outing for the Leeward  Islands Philo scored 345 runs from 5 innings. That equates to a batting average of 69.00 while grabbing 15 wickets. Further,  just back in April,  Philo scored the first century in the Leeward Islands Under-19 tournament. He scored 105 and Nevis amassed a total of 351-8 declared. Moreover,  Philo picked up 3-32.

Clearly when Philo as a sporting icon would have served his country with distinction, the defeaning silence by our Premier, the Deputy Premier and the Ambassador for sports leaves alot to be desired. The conscience to care wasn’t even exercised. For instance, the expectation that counselling would be offered to players and close friends wasn’t even a thought that materialised. Such an initiative is an integral part of the process to help our young cricketers and young adults cope with the loss.

In closing, a young man who was full of life gave his all for himself, his country,  his family and his friends showed that with discipline comes reward and this in itself is clearly the definition of a True Patriot, An All-Star, A Role Model that young Cricketers could emulate.

POLICE INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY IN BUCKLEY’S.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 27, 2015 (RSCNPF): The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) is currently investigating a robbery that occurred yesterday, October 27th 2015, at the Daily Food Supermarket at Buckley’s Site.

Police inquiries reveal that two (2) armed masked men entered the Daily Food Supermarket at Buckleys Site. One of the men assaulted the cashier by pointing a firearm at her and demanded money. The cashier complied with the instructions and handed over an undisclosed sum of money.

The scene was processed by a Forensic Technician of the Forensic Services Unit. Additionally, video footage of the scene was collected to be analyzed with a view to aid the investigation.

The RSCNPF is appealing to anyone with information about this incident or any other criminal activity, to contact the Basseterre Police Station at 465-2241, the nearest police station or Crime Stoppers, a confidential hotline at 1-800-8477.

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Three Persons Arrested, Charged And Cautioned For The Offences Of Possession Of Firearm And Possession Of Ammunition.

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The Royal Saint Christopher And Nevis Police Force Press Release:

Dated: Monday, 28/10/2015.

Yvette Richards  alias Ibo of Irish Town Bay Road, Terrance Ritchen alias JT of Jessups Village, Nevis and Eric Thompson alias “June June” of Ponds Pasture were all formally arrested, charged and cautioned for the offences of Possession of Firearm and Possession of Ammunition. Incident occurred on October 27th 2015.

By sknpulse Posted in Crime

TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT ENCOURAGES DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS TO BE ALERT.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 27, 2015 (RSCNPF):  The Traffic Department of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is investigating a traffic incident that occurred during the morning commute on October 26th 2015.  The incident resulted in a pedestrian being hospitalized. 

Sometime after 8.00 a. m. (Monday October 26), the Traffic Department responded to a call of a Traffic Accident along the island’s main road in the vicinity of the Ferdinand’s Shop in Conaree.

The investigation has revealed that omnibus ‘HA 89’  was travelling from Basseterre towards Cayon and collided with a pedestrian who was crossing the road.

‘HA 89’ was being driven by owner-operator Mr. Antonio Bradshaw of Atlantic View, Parson Ground Village.

The pedestrian, Mr. Lake a resident of Conaree was transported to the J. N.  France General Hospital for treatment and is currently being warded.

Inspector Caines, Head of the Traffic Department, echoed a call for drivers and pedestrians to be more cautious on the roads in light of this incident.

                                                          

Four resorts on Nevis named in Condé Nast Travel awards 2015.

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(Photo caption: Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism John Hanley.)

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (October 22, 2015) — Nevis continues to shine as one of the top tourism destinations. That view was expressed by Assistant Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism on Nevis John Hanley on October 21, 2015, when he announced four resorts on Nevis captured spots in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award, 2015.

The results of the 28th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey were announced in the world renowned travellers’ magazine in its October 20, 2015 edition.

“The Reader’s Choice Awards recently named the Top 40 Resorts in the Caribbean and I’m pleased to say that Nevis captured four of the spots.

“Montpelier Plantation and Beach was number three and the other resorts that placed in the top 40 were Nisbet Plantation, Hermitage and Four Seasons Resort and these were the only resorts that placed in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis,” he said.

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(Photo caption: Montpelier Plantation Inn,  photo provided. )

Montpelier Plantation Inn was also named in the luxury magazine’s Top 100 Hotels in the World: Readers’ Choice Awards. 2015. The Nevis property was one of only two which made the list from the Caribbean.

According to Hanley, considering that there are hundreds of resorts in the Caribbean, the fact that the island captured 10 percent of the list of 40 top resorts, says a lot about the product of Nevis.

The Tourism Official said the awards prove that the Ministry of Tourism is working hard and its efforts are paying off.

He gave the assurance that the Ministry of Tourism would continue to ensure that the product quality and standard of service of the destination remains at a very high level and that it continues to shine proudly among its competitors.

Leader Of The Opposition, Dr. Denzil Douglas Renders Statement In Response To The Death Of Philo Wallace.

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The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas.

Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party

Statement  in Response to the Death of Philo Wallace

October 21, 2015

As the leader of the opposition and as leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, I extend heartfelt sympathy to the family of Philo Wallace. While there are conflicting stories as to what actually led to young Philo’s tragic death, I call on anyone who was present to contact the violent crimes unit and to speak to Superintendent Mitchell personally.  Superintendent Mitchell urgently needs your help. Philo Wallace’s family urgently needs your help.  And the nation urgently needs your help . As a nation and a people, we must understand our unavoidable responsibility, in cases such as this, to share with the authorities whatever we saw.  Justice must not only be done but it must appear to be done.

The death of Philo Wallace raises another important point:  Some have been calling for the establishment of a Police Oversight Committee to review and investigate complaints against the police. My administration about one year ago did what had to be done to make this a reality.  We passed The Police Complaints Act 2014 on the 24th day of October 2014 and it was gazetted on the 10th day of November 2014.  The Act has, however, not yet come into effect as the Prime Minister and Minister of National Security has to date not given any notice of the commencement date of the Act.

The Police Complaints Act pursuant to section 22 of the Act calls for the establishment of a unit within the Police Force called the Complaints Unit and pursuant to section 24 calls for a police officer of a rank no lower than that of Assistant Superintendent to head the Unit. In that regard Superintendent  Rosemarie Isles received the necessary training to competently lead this unit, and was appointed by former Commissioner Walwyn to do so.

The current Office of Professional Standards was put in place by  former Commissioner Walwyn and is headed by Superintendent Isles. It was this Office that led the investigation that resulted in the recent suspension of the officer who shot the security guard in Nevis.

Superintendent Isles has been publicly attacked by some, and following the February 2015 elections was demoted to inspector.  In light of the pressing needs of our nation to have an independent mechanism by which police conduct is properly investigated, the Prime Minister and Minister of National Security must now as a matter of urgency give notice of a date for this Act to come into force and move to have Inspector Isles re-instated as Superintendant to head the Complaints Unit under the Act a position for which she was properly trained. 

The people of Nevis are understandably angry because of the death of Philo Wallace and are demanding justice. The coming into force of the Police Complaints Act will ensure that investigations into police conduct are handled impartially, transparently, and independently.  It will facilitate investigations not only into police conduct, but the conduct of all members of security forces – including island constables and security guards.  Most importantly, the coming into force of the Police Complaints Bill will give both the public and the police force confidence in the fairness of all security-related investigations.

We therefore call on the Prime Minister and Minister of National Security to urgently give notice of a commencement date for the Police Complaints Act and to re-instate Superintendant Rosemarie Isles who already has the requisite training to head the Complaints Unit.

In St. Kitts & Nevis, we must follow the evidence – wherever it leads. We must ensure that all efforts lead to truth. We must ensure that all efforts lead to justice.

Thank you.

Gun Violence Continues In St. Kitts.

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SKN PULSE,  Tuesday 20th October,  2015 –  Gun Violence continues to be the common criminal trend within the Federation. Bearing this in mind,  another shooting incident has occurred in Saint Kitts and it has sent chills through citizens mind as they become annoyed at the frequent occurrence of such activity. As violent crimes trend upwards, it’s apparent that alternative  strategic mechanisms are necessary to curb such a trend.

While social media was buzzing with rumours of the shooting, the young man was nursing gun shot wounds after being shot in Phillip’s Village. The immediate circumstances surrounding this shooting incident weren’t clear. From all reports,  the young man is warded at the JNF Hospital.

Although his condition is uncertain, this medium is hoping he recovers. Up until press time the victim’s identity wasn’t revealed.

By sknpulse Posted in Crime

National Consultation on the Economy to be held on Thursday.

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(Photo: Construction work under way at Park Hyatt Hotel in St. Kitts)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 19, 2015 (SKNIS)—The annual National Consultation on the Economy, hosted by the Ministry of Finance will be held under the theme “Changing Lives—A Fresh Start Towards Sustainable Development, Growth and Prosperity” at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort on Thursday, October 22, from 9:00 am to 1:00pm.

A press release from the Ministry of Finance says “The St. Kitts and Nevis economy has begun to rebound from the effects of the global financial crisis and is now on a path of positive economic growth.”

The release further stated that “This consultation seeks to facilitate an engagement between the public sector, private sector and civil society to arrive at a consensus on strategies to promote sustainable economic growth and social development in the Federation.”

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CARICOM MAKING STRIDES TO REDUCE IMMIGRATION CHECK POINT PROBLEMS.

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(Photo (L-R) Seated Front Row: Ms. Sylvonne Jack, National CSME Focal Point in St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Mr. Salas Hamilton, Specialist Communications Officer at Caricom Secretariat; Ms. Hannah Hamilton, UWI Student (Open Campus)

Back Row: Part of the delegation of “Students Engaging the CSME through Field Promotion” from St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 19, 2015 (SKNIS)—Several strides have been made to reduce complaints of violations of the rights of persons to move freely at immigration check points throughout CARICOM member countries.

Sylvonne Jack, Trade Officer in the Ministry of Trade, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Information Technology, and National CSME Focal Point for St. Vincent and Grenadines in speaking to SKNIS recently explained that since the introduction of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME), there has been a gradual improvement at immigration check points throughout the region.

“I think we have moved pass that initial fear. So once persons understand who are the categories that are able to move freely now and you have your Service Provider Certificate or you understand that a business person can establish a business in another CARICOM country and you are prepared beforehand, you will be able to move freely,” Ms Jack said.

Communication Specialist at the CARICOM Secretariat, Salas Hamilton, adding to the discussion explained that the CARICOM Complaints Procedure has been established to assist persons who feel that their rights to free movement have been violated.

“There is a process, it is online and at the various ministries,” said Hamilton, “So if you feel that your access rights have been violated, you can seek redress via this process before you move on to other avenues such as the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) secretariat in partnership with the European Union (EU) is currently on an education trust throughout the Caribbean on regional integration with a focus on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The Communication Specialist for the CARICOM Secretariat led a delegation of students from St. Vincent and the Grenadines to St. Kitts and Nevis last week. They were exploring how the four major elements of the CSME: Free Movement of Skills, Free Movement of Goods, Free Movement of Services, and Free Movement of Capital/Right of Establishment.