The St. Kitts-Nevis Commissioner of Police, Ian Queeley has confirmed the general public’s long-held suspicions and accusations of there being criminal elements employed within the law enforcement agencies in the Federation.
The public revelation by the leader of the Opposition Rt. Hon. Dr Denzil Douglas on Wednesday 8th August 2018 of a drug theft occurring within the Basseterre Police Station appears to have both lit a fire under both the Commissioner of Police and Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris’ coalition administration.
In a statement issued late in the afternoon of Saturday 11th August 2018, COP Queeley stated, “I can confirm that small quantities of cannabis, which are exhibits in matters before the Magistrate’s Court, have recently gone missing from Police custody. At the time of its disappearance, the drugs were placed at a location outside of the secured exhibit room.”
Commissioner Queeley’s admission has sent waves of anger through the general public, especially those who long raised the hue and cry of corruption in law enforcement in St. Kitts-Nevis, only to be ignored or gruffly dismissed each time. His admission also gave credence to the very common public accusation that many Kittitian and Nevisian police officers are directly involved in the sale and purchase of drugs and other contraband that the police force routinely tries to remove from the public domain.
Presently, public trust and confidence in law enforcement and the Ministry of National Security are at a record low. It is evident that in addition to some police officers lacking integrity as well as a general understanding of the concepts of trust, common decency, and loyalty, St. Kitts’Ministry of National Security is suffering from a critical lack of competent leadership.