UWI finding solutions to crime

Photo: UWI Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs Ambassador Dr Richard Bernal (second left) with presenters at the recently held Vice Chancellor’s Forum, from left, National Security Advisor Major General Antony Anderson; former Commissioner of Police Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin; and UWI anthropologist Dr Herbert Gayle.

AGAINST the backdrop of spiralling crime rates in the Caribbean generally, and the high murder toll in Jamaica in particular, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has turned its attention to crime, specifically to finding solutions.

Explaining that it had to be “mindful of its role in the development of the region and its need to be current in the conversation on the issues affecting its member territories”, UWI recently staged another Vice Chancellor’s Forum titled ‘Taming the Caribbean Crime Monster: A Solutions Agenda’.

“Crime is now affecting all aspects of life of the countries in the Caribbean region, and the violence associated with crime has continued to escalate. Every problem has a solution, and crime is no exception,” said UWI’s Pro Vice Chancellor with responsibility for global affairs, Ambassador Dr Richard Bernal.

Bernal presided over the two-panel forum which drew on the scholarship, opinions, and expertise of academics and practitioners alike. Featured presenters included former Commissioner of Police Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin; Dr Yonique Campbell, UWI lecturer of public policy and management in the Department of Government; and Dr Joy Moncrieffe of the Institute for Applied Social Research. Read more

Source: Jamaica Observer