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Caribbean Leaders Explore New Crime and Security Strategies

St. Kitts and Nevis’ prime minister, Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, says Caribbean leaders at the just concluded 24th Inter-Sessional of Caribbean Heads of Government, received an eight-point plan during a presentation from the lead head for crime and security, Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Douglas said the plan is designed to lend support on the “crime and security initiative that we have been working on for some time.”

“We wanted to zero in, in particular on a coordinated approach of the Caribbean leader in dealing with serious crimes and drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings, terrorism. And to a large extent, it was critically important to have this particular matter discussed after having a very important first time meeting with the United States of America’s attorney general, Eric Holder, whose parents as you know were from Barbados,” Douglas told the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister in an interview in the VIP Lounge at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

Douglas said it was while discussing the contribution that the United States can provide for a new security agenda that he shared with his colleagues the important support that St. Kitts and Nevis has been receiving in several areas from the U. S.

He singled out the introduction of technological support for  fighting, detecting and processing crime and bringing the justice system up to par with modern trends.

“I also making reference of course to the role that Mr. Major had played, in working with our prosecutors in the prosecution of crime; making reference in particular to the successes that we had seen with the assistance of the United States, especially with the presence of our new commissioner of police, who have been trained in the United States of America and making reference to a number of initiatives that would help our young people especially the AGNAR program as well as the MAGIC program, which has been introduced here and which to some extent have had some success here in fighting crime especially youth crime and violence and providing them with alternatives, in terms of employment,” said Douglas.

“I made reference of course to the hydroponics initiatives that we have been pursuing in agriculture, letting them know that in situations where our young people were reluctant because of the criminal activity to move from one community to the next, we actually brought hydroponics into the communities to the point where young men were now providing vegetables and other important agricultural crops to the hotels and thus providing employment opportunities for themselves,” said Douglas.

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