by Rhondor Dowlat (Trinidad Guardian) Ahead of today’s regional symposium that will address Crime Violence as a Public Health Issue—the Crime Challenge, some regional prime ministers are calling for a unified region in the fight against crime.
Dominican prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who will be addressing the community approach, said there was need for the population to help in fighting crime.
Speaking with Guardian Media upon his arrival at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, last night, Skerrit called on the media as well, to highlight the issues and play their part in crime fighting.
“The most important thing is that we’re here to discuss as heads and the rest of the community. It will require a societal response to address crime that we can’t only look to the government to resolve.
“The government has its role to play, but everyone in society, if he or she plays his part, then certainly we can have a better understanding of what we all need to do to address what has become a very concerning phenomenon throughout the region,” Skerrit said.
He added, “We’re all suffering from this and it is a huge cost to our treasuries, loss of lives and its true gun violence has become a public health issue and we look forward to very constructive and sincere engagement,” he added.