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COP James Sutton attends Conference; gun trade, gun violence and transnational crimes up for discussion

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by Eulana Weekes

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Commissioner of Police in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force James Sutton joined several of his counterparts from across the Caribbean at the 38th Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police.

The Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police  General Meeting and Conference is being held at the Ramada Resort, Belize City,  Belize. The conference runs from May 13 until May 17th, 2024.

Sutton is expected to join other counterparts in discussions on topics such as Building Law Enforcement Cyber Resilience, Building Stronger Partnerships for Safer Communities, Using Facial Technology in Law Enforcement,  Benefits of effective Information Sharing with the use of technology,  and  Maximizing Crime Gun Intelligence with Technology and Inter-agency Cooperation amongst other things.

St. Kitts and Nevis is one of 25 states that has joined The Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police.

The conference is being held under the theme “Improving Regional Security Through Stronger Law Enforcement Cooperation.”

Across the Caribbean,  law enforcement organisations are trying to tackle common issues including the smuggling of guns and gun violence.

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs in Belize said the meeting of the Commissioners is quite timely as they work together in hopes of addressing the gun issue.

 “As you know, 2023, was a violent year all across the Caribbean and it was extremely important that this meeting take place. We are pleased to be hosting them here in beautiful Belize, but no doubt, over the next four days, very important deliberations, discussions and presentations are happening. So, it is very important and then thereafter, we’ll have a report. We are all facing similar types of issues in terms of the influx of illegal weapons into our country. Of course, Belize is more porous than the other Caribbean countries because we do have the borders, and illegal border crossings where guns come across, drugs come across and the Caribbean is not immune to that either.”

Due to the prevalence of illegal weapons gang violence and gun violence have become a major issue of concern in St. Kitts and Nevis and across the Caribbean. In addition to that, transnational crimes will also form part of the Commissioners’ Conference.

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