- Written by: ACCP
Amalgamated Security Services and the ACCP congratulate the Winners and runners-up in the 2016 Regional Recognition Awards Programme!
National Security Threats = Economic Viability Threats
A fundamental economic development challenge facing the Caribbean region is the problem of crime and security. In size, scope, growth and impact, crime has risen to become perhaps public policy issue #1 across the region’s major economies. Our public safety and national security agencies desperately need better resourcing as they grapple with the various threats including drugs, weapons, human trafficking, cyber crime and the implications of CARICOM citizen involvement with ISIS.
As these threats are common to the region, each country is highly vulnerable to fallout from the failings of other countries in this regard. And the price of failure is higher than it has ever been – our populations, economies and physical and electronic infrastructure are bigger now in aggregate than ever before. We simply have to do more to preserve our way of life and insure our safety.
It is with a sense of personal and organizational pride that I am officially informing you that at the recently concluded International Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Conference held in the Bahamas from October 1st – 4th I was elected to serve in the post of Regional Director for Region 13 and a member of the LETR International Council. This was a truly historic occasion because it was the first time since the inception of the programme, which started in the Unites States in 1981 and was first introduced to the Caribbean by now retired Jamaica Constabulary Force Assistant Commissioner of Police Neville Wheatle, that it was being held outside of the United States and it was the first time in its history that a Regional Director was being appointed from the Caribbean Region to serve in this capacity. One of the reasons for hosting the conference in the Caribbean is to motivate and inspire Commissioners of Police and members of the various law enforcement agencies to become more engaged in the Law Enforcement Torch Run programme, which is geared towards raising funds and creating awareness about the work of Special Olympics. It also caters to the physical, health, educational, social and sporting needs of persons in the region and globally with intellectual disabilities. If properly applied it can be a useful tool to expand community based policing, engage local partners and improves police/citizen relationship.
Download the full overview: Law_Enforcement_Torch_Run_Overview.pdf