Task force on evidence-driven crime prevention has first meeting

Khemraj Ramjattan

Minister of Public Security,  Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday convened the first meeting of the National CariSECURE Task Force which is aimed at bolstering evidence-driven crime prevention.

A release yesterday from the Ministry of Public Security said that the meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Public Security; Guyana Police Force; Guyana Prison Service; Bureau of Statistics; Ministry of Public Health; Ministry of Legal Affairs; Ministry of Social Protection; Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions; Ministry of Social Cohesion, Department of Culture, Youth and Sport. Also present was Paolo Del Mistro, Team Leader, on the CariSECURE Project.

A company is expected this year to design the system to support an integrated data collection system for all the relevant sources. Computers for the various stations and other offices from which the data will also be sourced.

Wednesday’s meeting looked at the 2018 Annual Work Plan which included the  Establishment of a Table of Equivalencies, Adoption of the Caribbean Composite Citizen Security Indicator Framework, Adoption of the Caribbean Composite Citizen Security Data Sharing Agreement, Design and Deployment of a Crime Information Management System, Piloting of the Women’s Health and Life Experiences Survey and the crime victimisation and perception survey, and Guyana Guidance Note on Citizen Security Data Collection and Dissemination.

The release said that Ramjattan highlighted the roles and responsibilities of the Task Force.  The minister also reiterated the Government’s national priorities and commitment to advance citizen security.

The project is being implemented in ten Eastern and Southern Caribbean countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, with specific emphasis on Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Lucia.

The release said that the project is geared towards improving the quality, comparability, reliability and use of information management systems to inform citizen security policy and programme.

The National CariSECURE Task Force was set up in November last year. Ramjattan expressed gratitude to the United Nations Development Programme and the United States Agency for International Development for  their support in initiating the project.

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