BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - DEALING with the problem of crime and violence across the region was the central focus of Ministers of National Security who met in St. Georges, Grenada on Friday (Apr. 12) for the 20th Meeting of the Caribbean Community’s Ministerial Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE).
The Ministers acknowledged that greater sharing of intelligence and data among Member States was absolutely necessary to improve the security environment.
During the meeting, the Ministers reiterated the relevance of the management framework for Crime and Security in the Community, proposing elements of the draft agenda for a Special Meeting of the Conference on Security scheduled for May 3 in Trinidad and Tobago.
Further, the Ministers 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.
Coming out of the meeting, Member States were urged to complete the signing and ratification processes for key legal instruments in the battle against crime; these being the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty and the Agreement on the Return and Sharing of Recovered Assets.
The Ministers acknowledged that the crime and security situation in the Region demands greater collaboration and co-operation among Member States.
The St. Georges meeting was chaired by Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, where the Council 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.