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St Kitts police welcome new crime-fighting technology

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BASSETERRE – Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr Timothy Harris, at his last press conference, said the government will soon introduce several new technologies to aid the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force in its fight against crime.

The high command of the police force, led by Commissioner Ian Queeley, is welcoming these new technologies that can bolster the prevention and reduction of crime in St Kitts and Nevis.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Queeley said 2017 will see the “continued embrace of new technology, the roll out of the enhanced CCTV system providing for more coverage of our communities”.

“As we speak, officers are currently in the Republic of China (Taiwan), being trained in a ‘real world’ dynamic environment on the use of this system and we would want to give our thanks to the ambassador and staff of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to convey to the Government and people of the Republic of China. Additionally, the use of Unmanned Air Assets (drones) will be rolled out later this year to assist with our fight in crime,” he said.

In relation to the protection of the federation’s vulnerable borders, the police commissioner stated: “We have engaged our partners in efforts to find and embrace best systems to enhance security in that regard.”

During the Team Unity Government’s two-year anniversary celebrations, five additional applications were launched as part of the e-government initiative. One of those applications was the Crime Reporter App.

“Crime Reporter allows for interaction between citizens and the police for the reporting of crime, be it active, past, or future. The app can be downloaded from the store (Google Play or the Apple Store) that supports your smart phone. This app does not replace Crime Stoppers; additionally it augments it and provides an additional medium to report crime,” Queeley said.

He added that the police force will continue to incorporate good forensic practices in building cases for prosecution, and as such praised the appointment of Narace Ramnarine as the new head of the Forensic Services Unit.

“He has been with us for a little over a month, and Mr Ramnarine comes with years of the requisite experience, and he has had an immediate impact with his leadership and management in that department,” Queeley added. (SKNIS)

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