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St. Lucia to host regional crime fighting forum this month

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National Security Minister Victor La Corbiniere.

Senior police officers, police commissioners and other officials from Saint Lucia and the region will converge here on May 22-23, for a major Caribbean Leadership Forum (CLF) on crime fighting.

It is the first of a series of meetings organised by the CFL – an initiative with the ultimate aim of facilitating dialogue between regional leaders, professionals, and other stakeholders “in a supportive and respectful environment to deliberate on recognised challenges and act in concert to improve their communities.”

The Monroe College-sponsored event is entitled Crime Reduction Strategies and Democratic Policing: Respect for Community and Human Rights.

A main aspect of the meet will be to discuss “real world situations that will have considerable impact on crime fighting in the region.”

Police commissioners from Jamaica and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are expected to be present. Other criminal justice and human services personnel in the region and experts on crime reduction strategies and protocols will also be in attendance. They are expected to deliberate on the use of firearms which will in term allow participants to share their interisland experiences and subsequently implement “best practices for crime reduction strategies that build communities and preserve human rights throughout the region.”

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony is expected to address the forum’s opening reception on May 22, while National Security Minister Victor La Corbiniere will be the featured speaker at that forum itself which takes place on May 23.

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