Dominica PM to address Commonwealth Caribbean crime conference


ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit will address a two-day conference that brings together law enforcement and legal practitioners from the Commonwealth Caribbean.

The eighth annual regional Proceeds of Crime Conference, scheduled for April 9-10, is being funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and hosted by Dominica’s Financial Intelligence Unit.

The conference is part of the DFID Caribbean Criminal Assets Recovery Programme (CCARP) that covers the seven independent countries of the Eastern Caribbean, along with Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Montserrat.

The main purpose of CCARP is to help build the capacity and capability of law enforcement agencies, financial intelligence units (FIUs), public prosecutors and the judiciary by enhancing their efforts in countering serious organised crime, particularly drug trafficking.

At least 52 delegates are expected to attend the conference sharing good practice and promoting regional connectivity and cooperation in taking the profit out of crime.

To date, countries participating in the CCARP have removed EC$8.6 million (One EC dollar = US$0,37 cents) and frozen more than EC$38.7 million from criminal organisations across the region excluding Jamaica.

“Taking money and assets away from criminals provides the opportunity for this money to be reinvested in the criminal justice system, helping and supporting those most affected by crime and providing facilities for young people, thereby making the region a safer place and benefitting local communities,” the organisers said.

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