Wednesday 19th December, 2018-Despite the challenges encountered this year, the Top Cop of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda says they have made serious headway in the fight against crime.
Delivering his Christmas message today to rank and file members of the organization, Acting Commissioner of Police, Atlee Rodney said there was a considerable reduction in reported criminal activities when compared to 2016 and 2017. While he did not provide figures, he noted it was achieved through collaboration with the general public and the business sector.
Commissioner Rodney reported that as 2018 comes to a close; statistics are reflecting reductions in all major classes of crimes. He revealed that “Over the past months, we would have removed a number of illegal firearms, ammunition and dangerous drugs off the streets,” reiterating “We continue to be true to our mandate as enshrined in Section 23 of Chapter 330, which directs us “to preserve the Peace and prevent and detect crimes and other infractions against the Law.”
The top cop has encouraged law enforcement officers not to become complacent. He said there is a sense of calm within various communities, but that does not mean they (Officers) should turn away from their responsibilities. He encouraged them to be proactive and continue to build on their successes.
A snap general election, a change in the command structure, to policing a National Referendum and the loss of officers both serving and retired were among the challenges listed by the commissioner. But Mr. Rodney in his message themed “challenges and Successes”, urged those that are still being affected to “to re-focus on your oath of office, your code of ethics, your high level of discipline and your love for Law Enforcement,” reminding them their “loyalty is to the organization and to maintain the ideals of the Profession.”