St. Vincent and the Grenadines records a 16.3 percent decrease in crime for 2020

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Crime in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) continues to decline on the trend line.

This is according to Commissioner of Police, Mr. Colin John who shared this recently, noting “it has been going in that trajectory for a number of years now.”

Commissioner John, during his Christmas address to the nation informed that for the period December 2020, there is a 16.3 percent decrease in crimes when compared to the corresponding period in 2019.

“The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) will continue to spare no effort in preventing and detecting crimes; while ensuring that the criminals are prosecuted,” Commissioner John said.

On December 9, 2020, two dangerous prisoners escaped custody from Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Kingstown. They were recaptured the next day.

Speaking on this, Commissioner John noted that the incident has caused some administrative rearrangements at the penal institution.

Following the incident, then Superintendent of Prisons, Mr. Brenton Charles took early retirement and so, Mr. Timothy Hazelwood has replaced him as Superintendent.

“The safety and security at the prison are important variables that must be maintained. I assure the public that in an effort to do so, enhanced strategic cooperation would be pursued between the RSVGPF and HMP,” John persisted.