Members of the public are being called upon to stop criticizing the police and begin working together with them in order to make Antigua and Barbuda a safer place.
The call comes from the country’s Attorney General, Minister of Public Safety and Minister of National Security, the Hon. Steadroy “Cutie Benjamin.
In a press release from the Ministry of Legal Affairs issued on Tuesday, Benjamin emphasized that the police cannot combat criminal activities alone, adding that instead of condemning the officers, the general public has a role to play in cooperating with law enforcers. This, he mentioned will “achieve one common goal, which is peace and order in the twin island state”.
Minister Benjamin said that Antiguans and Barbudans should be aware of persons who try to undermine the police force and further called on residents to give the police a chance.
The Public Safety Minister also noted that various programs will be embarked upon which will enhance security.
“I am certain that with the programs with which we will be dealing, having heard the recommendations from the professionals in the area, we shall be placing emphasis on community policing; we shall be building up a program where police can respect the community and the community will in turn respect and trust the police,” The Minister added.
Benjamin said that the Police Force is not perfect and there are various challenges which need to be addressed but assured that these situations will receive urgent attention.
He once again commended the Police force for what he described as exceptional work being done to date.