Written by MyVueNews.com Staff Writer Posted On: Thursday, 16 February 2017
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Basseterre, St. Kitts, 16th February, 2017 (MyVueNews.com)-Residents of the rural district of St. Paul’s, on the western end of St. Kitts, and surrounding areas will be without the full-time presence of law enforcement officers, effective next week.
This has been confirmed in an official statement from the High Command of the St. Kitts and Nevis Police Force.
In the release, shared on Wednesday, 15th February, 2017, police officials indicated that “The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force acting on the approval of the Ministry of National Security wishes to inform the general public, in particular those served by the St. Paul's Police Station, that the St. Paul's Police Station will be closed to the General Public commencing on Monday, February 20, 2017.”
The release did not provide a reason for the closure.
However, speaking recently at a town hall meeting, the Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. Timothy Harris, revealed that the poor physical conditions of the existing police station, makes it a health hazard and not worthy of further occupation by the officers. Harris said that the roofing of the facility contains the cancer-causing material known as asbestos.
He blamed the former administration of Dr. Denzil Douglas, suggesting that it was due to negligence that the station was allowed to deteriorate into the conditions that it did, even though, said Harris, St. Paul’s is the constituency represented in parliament by Douglas, who was also Minister of National Security, until 16th February, 2015.
Despite the closure next Monday, police are giving assurances that their protection would not be in jeopardy.
“To ensure the public safety of area residents and businesses, regular and strategic foot and mobile patrols will be done by the officers assigned to the St. Paul's Police Station,” said the statement.
The current phone number of 465-6281 for the St. Paul's Police Station will remain and be answered at Dieppe Bay Police Station.
They say, for emergencies and other business, residents should visit or contact the Dieppe Bay Police Station at 465-6281 or 465- 7261 or call 911.
No date was given to indicate when a new station will be built or opened.
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