Trinidad and Tobago PM presents 8-point crime and security plan to CARICOM

PM Douglas

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 25TH 2013 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says Caribbean leaders at the just concluded 24th Inter-Sessional of Caribbean Heads of Government, have received an 8-point plan during a presentation from the lead head for crime and security, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister the Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Dr. Douglas said the plan is designed to lend support on the “crime and security initiative that we have been working on for some time.”

“We wanted to zero in, in particular on a coordinated approach of the Caribbean leader in dealing with serious crimes and drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings, terrorism and to a large extent, it was critically important to have this particular matter discussed after having a very important first time meeting, with the United States of America’s Attorney General Eric Holder, whose parents as you know were from Barbados,” Prime Minister Douglas told the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister (CUOPM) on Douglas in an interview in the VIP Lounge at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

Dr. Douglas said it was within that environment and setting of discussing the contribution that the United States can provide in realizing a new security agenda, that he made the intervention and shared with his colleague Heads, the important support that St. Kitts and Nevis has been receiving in several areas from the United States of America.

He singled out several areas including the introduction of technological support to fighting, detecting and processing crime as well as bringing the justice system up to par with modern trends.

“I also making reference of course to the role that Mr. Major had played, in working with our prosecutors in the prosecution of crime; making reference in particular to the successes that we had seen with the assistance of the United States, especially with the presence of our new Commissioner of Police, who have been trained in the United States of America and making reference to a number of initiatives that would help our young people especially the AGNAR programme as well as the MAGIC program, which has been introduced here and which to some extent have had some success here in fighting crime especially youth crime and violence and providing them with alternatives, in terms of employment,” said Dr. Douglas.

“I made reference of course to the hydroponics initiatives that we have been pursuing in agriculture, letting them know that in situations where our young people were reluctant because of the criminal activity to move from one community to the next, we actually brought hydroponics into the communities to the point where young men were now providing vegetables and other important agricultural crops to the hotels and thus providing employment opportunities for themselves,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

He was of the view that the CARICOM Secretariat, especially the Assistant Secretary General, who is responsible for Crime and Security, will be using the initiatives that have been tried and succeeded in St. Kitts and Nevis, and sharing it among colleagues in the Caribbean region.

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