The state will continue to pursue a zero-tolerance policy for criminal activities, Governor General Sir Rodney Williams has said.
Despite a high of 20 homicides for 2017, the GG told the throne speech that “crime continues to be successfully tackled by a multiplicity of systems, not the least of which is the threat by the state of punitive action when caught.”
He said the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda has been strengthened, adding that the complaint of insufficient vehicles to get to homes and business places where crimes are taking place, is gone.
Making reference to a recent law, the GG said illegal guns that are seized will cost those in possession dearly; “they will be required to serve a mandatory jail sentence.”
“There is no sympathy for criminals” he insisted.
“While my Government will do its best to engage prisoners in rehabilitative work, and to provide some skills training, those who commit crimes, especially with unlawful firearms, will be punished,” he added.
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