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CARICOM to develop regional crime and criminal justice statistics

Friday, April 19, 2019

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Caribbean Community(CARICOM) security ministers have agreed to the establishment of a regional steering committee for the development of crime and criminal justice statistics.

A statement issued by the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat noted that this is among decisions taken at the CARICOM's Ministerial Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) that was held in Grenada last week.

It said that the meeting, which was chaired by Grenada's Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, noted that “the crime and security situation in the region demands greater collaboration and co-operation among the member states” and “agreed that increased co-ordination would achieve more significant results in the battle against the flow of illegal drugs and guns, trans-national crime and the heightened incidence of homicides”.

The statement said that the ministers reaffirmed the relevance of the management framework for Crime and Security in the Community and has proposed elements of the draft agenda for a Special Meeting of the Conference on Security to be held in Trinidad and Tobago on May 3.

The meeting acknowledged that greater sharing of intelligence and data among the CARICOM countries was absolutely necessary to improve the security environment and agreed to the establishment of a Regional Steering Committee for the development of crime and criminal justice statistics.

“They also noted the work being done by the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and the Regional Security System (RSS) with respect to strengthening intelligence mechanisms in the Community."

”Member States were urged to complete the signing and ratification processes for key legal instruments in the battle against crime. These are the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty and the Agreement on the Return and Sharing of Recovered Assets,” the statement said, noting that the Council, having had a successful session, also agreed to meet at least twice a year in order to fulfil their responsibility within the framework.

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