National CariSECURE Task Force in Guyana

CariSECURE is a regional project which seeks to strengthen evidence based decision making for citizens in the Caribbean. The project is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) with funding from the United States Agency for International Development Mission for Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID / ESC).

A National CariSECURE Task Force was launched on 29th November 2017 to ensure the implementation of the specific project activities in Guyana.

Delivering remarks at the launch event, UNDP’s Deputy Resident Representative in Guyana, Shabnam Mallick stated that UNDP is very pleased to be a witness to the endorsement of the National Task Force by the Government of Guyana and is keen on offering its continued support. She explained that the National Task Force will be particularly helpful in driving the management and coordination of a toolkit which will enhance the quality and integrity of national crime data and, thus, advance government’s ability to incorporate crime data analysis to improve crime prevention strategies.

Ms Mallick added that “the CariSECURE project over the last year /year-and-a-half has been working towards developing innovative solutions that would be applicable across the 10 project countries, including here in Guyana. Part of these solutions is the set of CariSECURE crime prevention tools, which was officially adopted in Barbados last August.”

United States Ambassador in Guyana, Perry Holloway in his remarks highlighted the critical role the Task Force must play in contributing to the reduction of crime and violence in Guyana and the region as a whole. He explained that the Caribbean Citizen Security toolkit implementation represents in-depth collaboration between USAID, UNDP, host governments and stakeholders including the CARICOM Secretariat, the Regional Security Systems and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission.

Ambassador Holloway noted, “the toolkit standardizes the data collection process for crime statistics making it possible for law enforcement and other personnel to implement more effective crime prevention statistics.”

Minister of Public Security, Hon. Khemraj Ramjattan asserted that while there are a number of reports on the status of citizen security, there remains one question, “what is to be done?”. He said that when the CariSECURE project was launched, it is what was measuring up to that which has to be done.

Minister Ramjattan expressed his happiness that there is now a Task Force to get the work done through the analysis of crime data and tracking most dangerous criminals and persons of interest. He noted that the project is an excellent initiative that will boost the integrated system in the management of information particularly securing the data in all the matters dealing with crime and violence especially with young people.

CariSECURE emphasizes the importance of strong institutions and national ownership for long-term sustainability of results. The project will thus focus on strengthening regional and national institution by providing personnel with the necessary tools, skills and guidance needed to collect, analyze and disseminate citizen security data for the effective formulation, monitoring and evaluation of evidence-based citizen security policies and programmes.

More information on the CariSECURE project can be accessed here.

Photos of the launch of the National Task Force in Guyana can be accessed here.

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