Caribbean police commissioners meeting in Jamaica

Major General Antony Anderson

Caribbean police commissioners began a four-day meeting in Jamaica on Monday discussing the implication of crime on the growth and development of the region.

The Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) conference is being held under the theme: ‘An Integrated Approach Against Serious and Organized Crime – Implications for Regional Growth and Development’.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Dahlia Garrick, said the four-day event is being attended by officials from 25-member countries as well as Ministers of National Security and Tourism, and social development agencies.

“There will be discussions about the challenges and priority matters related to securing the Caribbean, and the implications crime has on the growth and development of this country and others,” she said, adding that delegates would be discussing items such as community policing, gun violence, firearms trafficking in the Caribbean as well as difficulties in prosecuting gang cases and the emerging technologies and their impact on law enforcement.

Garrick said that in regional cooperation, the ACCP seeks to combat criminal activities, such as narcotics, terrorism and organized crime.

“It also focuses on how to improve the exchange of information in criminal investigations, the sharing of common services across the region to strengthen local efforts, which may include training, forensic analysis and research to effectively manage law enforcement agencies,” she said.

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