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(PRESS RELEASE) — Key representatives from the law enforcement and social work sectors participated in a two-day consultation on the findings of a CARICOM commissioned- European Development Fund-supported study entitled “Rapid Assessment of Risks, Threats and Protective Factors Crime and Violence Prevention Project”.
Deliberations took place at the Golden Palm Conference Centre in Rodney from July 10-11, 2018. Participants were left with the caveat to act proactively to decrease factors that may potentially lead to criminal activities in communities.
The study forms part of the efforts of CARICOM to push back against a trend of decreasing levels of citizen security and rising crime levels across member states.
The findings will also inform responses and interventions to assist in the conceptualization and implementation of measures that will bolster the overall safety of citizens and strengthen the security environment in Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Surinam, Guyana, and Jamaica.
Some of the proposed interventions will support restorative justice, crime prevention, and risk reduction initiatives.
The consultant who presented on the final findings was Mr. Glenford Joseph of Glenroy and Associates in Trinidad and Tobago. He was accompanied by two CARICOM experts Ms. Mareesha Stephens and Louis Dodson.
The Saint Lucia communities that were assessed for the study included Aux Lyons, Castries, Ciceron, Fond Assau, Laborie, Marchand, Soufriere and Vieux Fort.
The recommendations from the Rapid Assessment Study will be incorporated into Prevention and Mitigation capacity building activities that CARICOM has earmarked for the island in August 2019.