St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Police Commissioner Ian Queeley and members of his High Command will be holding a press conference on Thursday, his first since being appointed to the post one year ago.

The Police Force has come under fire for the low detection rate especially as it relates to homicides and other violent crimes.

Eight weeks into 2017 and the Police Force has yet to publicize the crime statistics for 2016. Commissioner Queeley has however indicated that there was an increase in major crimes.

With several officers being charged with criminal offenses including rape, Queeley is likely to face questions pertaining to the integrity issues with the Police Force.

One of the Force’s highlights in terms of crime fighting results was the increase in the number of illegal firearms taken off the streets. In 2016 36 guns were seized, and four have already been seized for 2017.

At a recent press conference, Minister of National Security, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, who reminded that the entire High Command is still on probation, called on them to produce improved crime fighting results in 2017.

The government has increased the budgetary allotment for National Security for 2017, and has secured millions of dollars in private funding for the purchase of equipment, vehicles and CCTV cameras for the security forces.


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