UWI, police to explore solutions to gang-related crime in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The University of the West Indies, Open Campus and the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ) will host a regional conference, entitled Policing & Security: Strategies and Solutions in Addressing Gang-related Crimes, from November 22 to 23, 2016.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) said in a news release Monday that the inaugural conference, which will be held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge at the University of the West Indies, is the first of its kind in the Caribbean to be spearheaded by practitioners and academia.

The conference, which will form part of the celebrations of Police Week 2016, is expected to bring together policymakers, civil society, police officers engaged in crime-fighting, social and community workers, government officials, and non-governmental organisations, in a bid to share ideas and to find solutions to address the inherent challenges in gang formation and gang-related crimes, CCU said.

Dextan Dixon, who is the Country Attaché for Jamaica-Cayman Islands within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the USA’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is expected to give the keynote address. Read more

Source: Observer