PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC -Police Commissioners from across the region have all promised to work with each other in an effort to fight crime and violence.
This was disclosed by the newly appointed president of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police Atlee Rodney, following a week-long conference.
Rodney is also the Commissioner of Police of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Rodney said the conference highlighted the need for commissioners to network.
“I think the one thing we can say is there is a renewed effort by commissioners to work together. We recognise the importance of sharing information.”
“I think we have a commitment from this conference to meet more regularly and work together to deal with crime. During our deliberations, we discovered that all problems were similar,” Rodney noted.
He added that illegal firearms are the common plague commissioners have to deal with in their respective countries and it was necessary for greater dialogue and intelligence-sharing.
Rodney disclosed that the Caribbean Crime Gun Intelligence Unit, which was formed last year after two years of planning, will focus on tracing guns found in the region.
The unit will work through the Caribbean Implementation Agency for Crime and Security with assistance from the US government.