Providenciales, TCI August 3, 2017 “The Islands have not been shortchanged by my Government. The Premier, the Governor and the Commissioner of Police are all engaged and there has been no dereliction of duties.
“On Friday, the Premier and I, as Minister of Border Control & Employment attended a National Security Council Meeting where we received the National Security Assessment Report which has made very practical recommendations. We have also had direct talks with police officials and discussed the strategic initiatives being taken to address the more recent matter. It will be inappropriate to speak to the specifics of any action being taken at this time, but I want to assure the general public that we are on the job and are approaching this matter with the sense of urgency that it deserves.
“Over the past few days, I have met with our private sector partners and they have committed to assisting in many ways, including but not limited to the creation of a fund to supplement the efforts of the Government to address and stamp out the scourge of violent crime from our Beautiful by Nature country. We will update the public on our actions and the results thereof as matters progress. We do however ask the general to public remain calm but alert and vigilant. Call crime stoppers or the police with information that would assist in its investigations and together we will return to the peace and tranquility that we know Turk and Caicos to be”, says Acting Premier Sean Astwood.
I want to assure the public at large that we are exhausting every effort and will spare no cost or effort to apprehend these criminals and we will, by the grace of God and with your help, succeed.
Since coming to office we have communicated our commitment to the police force by indicating that we will provide the resources needed and have restated that commitment to that effect.
I end by borrowing a few words from George W Bush that captures my mindset and the mindset of my Government “We are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice WILL be done.”