Aim Was to Ensure Criminals Have no Comfort

Condor said he was in the process of also establishing a national coalition with members of the local private sector and civil society.

He said his main aim was to ensure that the relative few that comprise the criminal element, would find absolutely no comfort, as they are confronted by a country united in its resolve to stamp out this heinous Crime and Violence in our Land.

“I engaged other Government Ministries and Department, the Private Sector, Civil Society and other Non-Governmental Organizations in discussions and dialogue, in an effort to enunciate the steps needed to move our agenda forward,” outlined Condor.

The former National Security Minister listed some of these new policies and programmes to include:

  • Enacting new legislation to address Crime and Violence with specific relation to gang activity.
  • Ensuring proper and more effective enforcement of existing legislation, by providing the required equipment and other necessary tools to the Police and Defence Force.
  • Provision of the necessary training for Police Officers in various disciplines, such as effective investigation, intelligence gathering techniques and forensic science.
  • Consultation and collaboration with Ally-Countries to upgrade arrangements for surveillance of our seas and borders, and also the commissioning and upgrading of the Closed Circuit Television or CCTV System.
  • Use of Island Constables under the Island Constables Act No. 31 of 2009 along with increased police presence in communities with significant criminal activity; and the intensification of raids as a deterrent to the possession, use and/or trafficking of illegal drugs and weapons.
  • Modernization of the Ministry of National Security and the appointment of a high powered, cross-sectoral commission to advise on and monitor the implementation of the medium and long term solutions that were recommended by the National Implementation Task Force on Crime or otherwise approved.
  • Capacity building and strengthening of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution and the establishment of a Parliamentary Select Committee on Crime and Violence.

 

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