December 19, 2019

In August 2018, the Office of Professional Standards of The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis
Police Force launched a probe into the actions of a constable accused of improperly holding and
harming an individual. The incident occurred on August 24, 2018 and involved Samari Webbe.
The Office of Professional Standards concluded its probe into the matter and recommended that a
criminal investigation be launched. Several internal charges were also proposed against Constable
Tarique Jones. The case was then handed over to the Violent Crime Unit.

Upon completion of the investigation, the case was sent to the Director of Public Prosecution for
further direction. As a result, in December 2019, a number of criminal charges were brought
against Constable Jones. On December 15, Jones was charged for the offences of Wounding with
Intent and Possession of a Firearm with Intent to Endanger Life. Then on December 16, 2019 he
was also charged for the offences of Kidnapping and Attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice.

The High Command of The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force has always assured the
public that no one is above the law, Police Officers included. We aim to ensure that all reports
made against an Officer are thoroughly and impartially investigated. While Policing is a very
demanding and stressful occupation, we urge our Officers to always perform their duties within
the ambit of the law.

Notwithstanding this, we also urge the public to allow the justice system to take its natural course.