For some time, the worsening crime situation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has enveloped the nation in a climate of fear that is contributing to a lack of confidence in law enforcement.

Having great concern of the effect of this crime crisis on the development of the nation, the New Democratic Party has called on the Minister of National Security, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, to address the nation on his government’s plan to deal with this urgent crime problem.

In the meantime, homicides continue unabated with the killing of Rhodesha Bailey and Fitzgerald Gregory Morris on October 26, and Shania Johnson a 19-year old mother, who was found dead at Akers on November 4 and most recently the shooting death of Lennox John of Lowman’s Leeward.

According a release from the New Democratic Party, the responses from Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and members of his ULP government have tended towards selective and partial theories of the causation of crime and warning to citizens to stay out of the way of criminals.

The statement added that, the Government continues to be out of touch with the genuine fears of the people. By reducing the causes of these violent crimes to drunken brawls or love relationships gone bad, the government fuel fear and fail our people.

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