CariSECURE Study Tour to Belize Opens New Doors for Advancements in Citizen Security Data Management in the CaribbeanMar 13, 2017
The Ministry of Home Affairs in Belize, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for Belize, welcomed a delegation of 15 national security representatives from across the Eastern and Southern Caribbean for the very first CariSECURE Study Tour and Technical Exchange. The three-day study tour took place from March 27-29, 2017, and included the participation of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Republic of Suriname, and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
The study tour promoted regional collaboration and knowledge sharing between Central America and the Caribbean. It also provided an opportunity for national security representatives from across the Caribbean to benefit from the shared experiences and promising practices of the InfoSegura project in Belize and other crime observatory institutions. These institutions included the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) and Belize Crime Observatory, the Belize Police Department, Eastern Division, Crime Analysis Unit, Belize City Police Prosecutions Unit and Wagner’s Youth Facility.
Throughout the life of the project, CariSECURE will work with governments within the Eastern and Southern Caribbean to enhance the technical and analytical capacity of the existing crime observatories. This study tour and technical exchange was thus one of the first steps in fulfilling this mission as participants were granted firsthand accounts of the ways in which new innovative models such as the Belize Crime Observatory and the Interagency Public Safety Management Information System (IPSMIS), are transforming citizen security policy-making and programming in Belize and how similar efforts could advance the Caribbean region. By participating in this study tour and technical exchange, participants were not only exposed to new innovative tools in the collection, collation, analysis and reporting of crime in Belize; but they also gained a greater understanding of the interdependence and interconnection of crime information and citizen security policy formulation and implementation. It is hoped that the richness of discussions generated throughout the CariSECURE study tour will benefit the Caribbean significantly, with new perspectives and approaches for evidence-based citizen security policy and program development aimed at addressing the root causes of youth crime and violence in the region.