Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 30, 2016 (RSCNPF): Commissioner of Police Mr. Ian M. Queeley told the congregation of the Zion Moravian Church that a continued safe St. Kitts and Nevis requires the support of all. Commissioner Queeley was addressing the congregation while attending morning worship on Sunday (October 30) with members of the Police Service in commemoration of “Police Week..”

Commissioner Queeley said, “I reach out to you this morning, to remind you that a continued safe St. Kitts and Nevis requires the support of all. It requires strong families, disciplined homes, reinforcement of the principles of common values by our schools and the participation of community groups and sports clubs.” He also said, “and just as important as these entities, the Church must also do its part.”

The Commissioner reiterated that the Police Service is committed to the safety of the Federation, he said, ” today, with our officers in church here, and in churches across the Federation, I can say as Commissioner, without any fear or contradiction, that this Police Service is dedicated and committed to the fight against crime and reducing the Fear of Crime in St. Kitts and Nevis,” and added, “often times the challenges may seem great, and the levels of concern in our community may rise, but rest assured, our focus and commitment to Citizen Safety is steadfast.”

Commissioner Queeley then shared with the congregation that to ensure to ensure Citizen Safety, we all must get involved. The Commissioner pointed out to the church that the first involvement is on a personal level, “You can get involved by embracing good practices as it relates to prevention of property, personal crimes and other crimes. Embrace the safety tips. If you reduce your risk of becoming a victim, you also reduce the risk of the crime occurring.”

He then told the church, to get involved in the community, “you can get involved by engaging and encouraging that discouraged, or disconnected young person in your neighbourhood to be a better person, to embrace the opportunities to be more productive.” Commissioner Queeley shared, “just knowing that someone cares about them, can make a difference for some of our young people.”

To underscore that the Police cannot be the only organization in the ensuring citizen safety, Commissioner Queeley told the church, “you can get involved by reporting any information you may have regarding crime and criminal activity in your neighbourhood,” and added, “…..yes, in your families as well.” He encouraged persons to Call the Police and report it, or call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 8477 (TIPS).

Commissioner Queeley also challenged the congregation to look out for each other, “I ask each of you to become your neighbours’ keeper, look out for each other. Look out for our children and guide them towards a path of respect for self, respect for others and respect for the law. I ask that you partner with us, join hands with us to ensure a continued safe St. Kitts and Nevis.

In closing he asked the congregation for their continued prayers for the his officers, “I ask that you continue to pray for the officers in the Police Service as we go about out duties ensuring Citizen Safety in St. Kitts and Nevis.”