Projects Summary

CARICOM Crime and Security Strategy (CCSS)

The CARICOM Heads of Government in 2006 declared security as the Fourth Pillar of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) alongside trade and Economic Integration, Foreign Policy Relations and Functional Cooperation. At the 5th Meeting the Council of Ministers Responsible for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) CARICOM IMPACS was mandated to develop a CARICOM Crime and Security Strategy.

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10th European Development Fund

CARICOM IMPACS has obtained approval for funding under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) for projects geared towards strengthening the technical and human capacity of the CARICOM region to prevent, detect and minimize the opportunity for illegal activity at the borders and on land and to enable higher conviction rates. Transnational organised crime and the illicit trade in drugs and guns perpetrated mainly through corruption and gangs has become an increasingly significant threat, affecting both the security and stability of the Region.

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Small Arms and Light Weapons

Illegal firearms feature in many of the crimes of violence and homicides committed in CARICOM Member States. CARICOM’s response has been one of heightened priority on discussion agendas and has articulated it support of the United Nations Programme of Action (PoA) as one of the primary international instruments for the controls of small arms and light weapons.

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Regional Integrated Ballistic Information Network RIBIN

Many CARICOM countries have experienced the ravages of violent crimes many of which involve the use of illegal firearms. In a significant number of cases, there is a correlation between the trade in illegal narcotics and that of small arms and light weapons (SALW). In some instances, firearms featured in as many as 70% of all homicides committed in a single year and also lead to injuries and at times, general mayhem perpetrated by gangs and others with criminal intent.

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Upgrade of crisis monitoring and management systems for CARICOM Member States

CARICOM IMPACS worked with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the GIZ through the Global Crisis Room Support Programme (GCRSP) to successfully facilitate the conduct of a series of training to enhance the capacity of regional agencies to operate in a crisis situation. The total project for the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean agencies totalled Euro 2.6 million. IMPACS through the Projects Department was the coordinating agency for the region. IMPACS managed the relationship between the donors and the agencies and the relationship and coordination of the Caribbean agencies. It also materially contributed to the project by providing the training venue, ground transportation, refreshments and meals.

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Cyber Security

Technology is seen as a vital contributor to global development but has significant implications for crime and security. Cyber security is increasingly becoming a concern for the Region given ongoing advancements in Information Communications Technology (ICT) and electronic systems to communicate, store and exchange information and make purchases, by government ministries and agencies, private companies and citizens. The CARICOM Cyber Security and Cybercrime Action Plan was approved by the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) in November 2016.

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Regional Justice Protection Improvement Program

Witness protection programs are designed to provide protection for and instil confidence in threatened witnesses to give testimonial evidence in court proceedings involving serious organized crimes or where it is recognised that there is a related threat to their lives, safety or property. To encourage cooperation with law enforcement investigations, witnesses must feel removed from intimidation, danger or fear of reprisal.

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Counter Trafficking Strategy

Recognising the threat to regional crime and security, caused by the illicit trafficking in drug, arms and ammunition and humans, a Caribbean Counter Illicit Trafficking Strategy (CCITS) was developed by CARICOM IMPACS in collaboration with its regional and international stakeholders. The goal of the CCITS is to deny illicit traffickers the ability to exploit the Caribbean as a route for the movement of illicit commodities and to promote security within the Caribbean.

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Counter Terrorism

The CARICOM Counter Terrorism Strategy is an opportunity to do more together to prevent violent extremism and halt terrorism in the Region. The Strategy represents an important milestone in the collective pursuit of CARICOM Member States toward strengthening the regional response to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, based on a common strategic and operational framework. Further, it ensures that counter-terrorism measures in one country do not simply displace terrorists to less secure, more hospitable areas in the Region.

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