With the support of the United States Government, eastern and southern Caribbean countries are aligning with international standards for reporting crime. This is a key component of a larger effort to better track and reduce crime in the region.
Today, in Barbados, the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) CariSECURE Project launched a three-day Regional Workshop on the United Nation’s International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS). This initial step supports countries in using common and comparable standards. The Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs of Barbados, Celia Pollard-Jones, delivered the feature address to launch the workshop that will advance the standardization of crime data in the eastern and southern Caribbean with the overarching goal of reducing crime and violence levels.
USAID Mission Director for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, Christopher Cushing, told participants, including police and prison officials, prosecutors, and members of the judiciary, that to date, eight countries had formally endorsed CariSECURE’s Caribbean Security Toolkit that supports the standardization of crime data. He added that the workshop was another significant stride in advancing this goal.
“A key area of support provided by CariSECURE, to standardize regional and international crime and violence data reporting, is the implementation of the United Nation’s International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS), the reason for today’s training workshop,” said Mr. Cushing “The ICCS provides a comprehensive framework for producing statistics on crime and criminal justice that transcends legal definitions, and allows for international reporting and benchmarking.”
While reiterating the United States Government’s commitment to partnering with regional Governments to strengthen the response to crime and violence, Mr. Cushing stated:
“We know first-hand that the effects of crime and violence have far-reaching implications for productive societies; particularly for youth who represent the future. We must, therefore, re-double our efforts to develop effective and sustainable strategies to tackle crime.”
During the workshop, participants will learn more about the ICCS and benefit from practical exercises on mapping national criminal offences and formulating national implementation road maps.