Tuesday, April 16, 2024

St Kitts PM says there’s need to effectively implement measures to deal with crime

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BASSETERRE – Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris says as crime evolves in the twin island federation so too must the capacities and capabilities of the state in order to create effective and enduring deterrent.

Harris was speaking at the “National Security and Crisis Management Course” conducted by the Israeli-based Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI), said that the modern era is frequently punctuated by crises emanating from the natural and social worlds that threaten national, regional and even international security.

He said fighting crime requires a holistic approach based upon cooperation, confidentiality, improved knowledge and capabilities and effective coordination of the administrative and operational contexts.

“It means that there must be effective communications and actions relating to government policies, and amongst ministries, the security forces and the general population.

“To effectively meet our national security objectives, the collective capabilities of all agencies must enable the government to call upon the essential functions that can inform our national security strategy. A review of literature has highlighted a number of outcomes of effective national security and crisis management interventions,” he added. 

Harris told delegates that as crime evolves so too must the capacities and capabilities of the State strive to remain ahead of the game in order to create effective and enduring deterrents. 

“My government is committed to make St Kitts and Nevis the safest place to live, work and do business.  Given the legacy we inherited of a prolonged period of neglect of security, infrastructure, demoralising policies, absence of accountability and transparency, we do not expect change overnight.

“Equally true is that given our significant investment and support for national security, we expect a prolonged season of safety and security for all our residents and visitors alike,” he added. 

In his address, Harris said that crises have developed in various ways, including the catastrophic damage caused by natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes. 

He said that a host of transnational threats are also emerging: the rise of international terrorism, the spectre of cyber-attacks by belligerent states and politically motivated groups, climate change and the prospect of resource shortages.

“It is therefore critical that senior personnel in all government agencies develop competencies in critically evaluating the prevailing logics of national security and develop their perspectives on the possibility of effective strategy planning in crises; specifically, new perspectives on conceptualizing risks and threats to national security and operationalising government’s strategic responses,” he said. (CMC)

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