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By: E. Williams
Basseterre, St Kitts, March 20, 2019 – The St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has expressed heartiest congratulations to Dr Celvin Geron Walwyn on his appointment to the high office of Deputy Commissioner of Operations of the United States Virgin Islands Police Department.
“Dr Walwyn is a distinguished son of the soil who served as Police Commissioner of the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force from 2011 to 2015,” the SKNLP said in a statement on Wednesday.
The SKNLP noted that under Dr Walwyn’s leadership several reforms and innovative policy interventions were instituted in pursuit of the national Crime Strategy.
“These included but not limited to the following: the establishment and inauguration of the first and second cohorts of the Island Constables; the introduction of the New Automated Fingerprint Identification System or AFIS machine that helped to capture fingerprints and build a database; the establishment of the Special Victims Unit that prioritized, for the first time, domestic violence and child abuse as part of the national crime fighting strategy; the implementation of the M.A.G.I.C. programme (Mentoring, Assisting, Guiding and Instructing Children) which was a programme aimed at curbing juvenile delinquency, gang activity and violence in our schools; the establishment of the Violent Crime Unit or VCU which was created to investigate gun-related homicides and injuries; the establishment of the Delta Squad which was created as a hybrid unit between the Defense Force and the police force that was highly trained in special patrol tactics in order to effectively patrol the high crime hotspots from 3pm to 6 am, seven days a week and the establishment of the Anti-robbery Team or A.R.T which was created to reduce robberies across the Federation,” said the statement.
The SKNLP said that these best practices that were initiated under his leadership were highly effective in achieving lasting results on curbing crime in the Federation.
“Dr Walwyn’s elevation to his new post as Deputy Commissioner of Operations, which presides over Police Chiefs across the U.S. Virgin Islands, is well deserved,” said the SKNLP which added it was “confident that Dr Walwyn will bring the same passion, commitment, ideas and leadership that were demonstrated here in St Kitts and Nevis to his performance in his new role. The executive of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party wishes Dr Walwyn all the very best in this new venture.”
File photo shows then Prime Minister and Minister of National Security the Right Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas (left) congratulating Commissioner of Police C G Walwyn, who was guest speaker at the annual Prime Ministers Independence Lecture