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24-HOUR POLICE VISIBILITY IN KNOWN HOTSPOTS NOW EXTENDED, THANKS TO ADDITIONAL MANPOWER PROVIDED BY THE RSS

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Photos: Officers of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force out on patrol with personnel of the Regional Security Forces

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, November 2, 2018 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – The additional manpower provided by the Barbados-based Regional Security System (RSS) is allowing law enforcement agencies to expand and intensify their operations throughout the country, particularly in areas deemed as “hotspots.”

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police responsible for Operations, Mr. Adolph Adams told the Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister that they have increased police visibility in the Basseterre area, through the formation of a special foot patrol unit comprising of local law enforcement and RSS personnel.

Acting ACP Adams also said that with the addition of the RSS forces, law enforcement personnel can now have 24-hour law enforcement presence in a number of communities over a longer period of time. For instance, there is now 24-hour presence by soldiers of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF) in the St. Johnston’s Village and McKnight areas.

“We also have 24-hour police coverage in Newtown and Taylor’s Village, as well as increased police visibility in the New Road/Stapleton area,” ACP Adams said.

It was noted too that both the Anti-Gang and Tactical Units carry out daily patrols throughout the rural communities of St. Kitts and Nevis.

RSS forces began arriving into the Federation on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and have since been providing excellent support to the efforts of local law enforcement in maintaining peace and security.

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As at Saturday, October 27, 2018, they had assisted local law enforcement in the execution of 105 search warrants throughout the Federation. These searches have resulted in the discovery of one illegal firearm, several rounds of assorted ammunition, cocaine and the arrest of several wanted individuals. 

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