Caribbean Community Takes Initiative on Crime and Security

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Sunday, September 1, 2002
Bruce Zagaris
On July 3-5, 2002, at the Twenty-Third Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana. The Regional Task Force on Crime and Security, in recognition that security threats, concerns and challenges in the hemisphere were multidimensional, sought to find a formula to ensure more effective and preemptive measures to respond to the increased crime and threats to security, at the national and regional levels. The Communique released at the conclusion of the meeting included a statement on the report of the regional task force on crime and security. The Conference of Heads of Government acknowledged that some of the fundamental causes of crime in Caribbean societies have their sources in poverty, inequality and social marginalization and are fueled by illegal firearms and ammunition, deportees, drug trafficking and corruption. The Joint Meeting of Ministers recommended that drug abuse be treated primarily as a public health issue with emphasis on the reinforcement of values.