A National Strategic Consultation on the Social Response to Crime in Barbados comes off at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre tomorrow, Wednesday, February 27, at 10:00 a.m.
Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, Cynthia Forde, will deliver the feature address at the meeting, which will bring together relevant public and private sector entities, faith-based communities, service organizations and the media. Also addressing the opening ceremony will be Bishop of Barbados, the Right Rev. Michael Maxwell; Registrar of the Supreme Court, Barbara Cooke-Alleyne and Suleiman Bulbulia of the Barbados Muslim Association.
The primary objectives of the consultation are to determine the key social causes of crime and violence in Barbados; and to review existing plans and programmes being implemented by the public and private sectors as well as civil society in response to crime.
The consultation will also develop an integrated social response plan with at least five major programmatic actions to address the scourge of crime and violence in Barbados.
Presentations will include The Current Status of Crime in Barbados by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Erwin Boyce, and An Analysis of the Crime Situation in Barbados by Director of the Criminal Justice Research Unit, Cheryl Willoughby.
There will also be presentations on Crime and Violence as a Threat to Public Health by Advisor, Non-Communicable Diseases, Pan American Health Organization, Patrice Lawrence-Williams; Poverty Reduction Initiatives by Project Officer, Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, Andrew Pollard, and Social Perspectives on Crime in Barbados by sociologist, Richard Carter.