Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Major Richard Reese, has said that a two-day seminar on organised crime in Jamaica, which ended Wednesday (October 7), will enhance local capabilities and strategies in combating the problem.
“On behalf of the Ministry of National Security, I would like to signal our deep appreciation for this assistance programme, and we will definitely be continuing our initiatives toward improving our interventions as they relate to organised crime, proceeds of crime and counter narcotics programmes,” Major Reese said.
He was speaking at a press conference Wednesday (October 7), during a break in the seminar at the Terra Nova Hotel, Kingston, to discuss some of the issues arising out of the deliberations.
The seminar, hosted by the Ministries of National Security and Justice, in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Commission to Jamaica, was organised to share the experience of Special Prosecutor Fausto Zuccarelli, of the Italian Anti-Mafia Affairs Office, with high-ranking representatives of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and both Ministries.
Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Jamaica, Ambassador Marco Mazzocchi-Alemanni, admiring the poppy on the jacket lapel
of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Major Richard Reese, (left), prior to the start of a press conference, Wednesday (October 7), at the Terra Nova Hotel, Kingston, to discuss issues arising from a two-day (October 6-7) seminar on organised crime in Jamaica.
Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Jamaica, Ambassador Marco Mazzocchi-Alemanni, said he found the forum “extremely impressive”, as there are interesting similarities between the Jamaican and Italian experiences in relation to organised crime.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Owen Ellington agreed that the seminar revealed “striking similarities”, between Italy and Jamaica, in how criminal gangs ‘organise’ themselves, how they conduct their criminal activities and the extent to which they impact on safety, security and development issues.
“We have taken note of the fact that criminal gangs, organised groups, are now operating on a transnational level, meaning that they no longer respect jurisdictional borders and, because of that, we cannot sit in any one country unmindful of the impact that organised crime is having on a neighbouring country, or even a country half a world away,” he said.
Special Prosecutor Zuccarelli suggested that, in tackling organised crime effectively, several strategies employed in Italy could be utilised in Jamaica. These include: ensuring that the necessary legislative framework is in place; improving the co-ordination between law enforcement agencies, the judiciary and the prison system; and respecting human rights.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Major Richard Reese, addressing the media during a press conference Wednesday (October 7) at the Terra Nova Hotel, Kingston, to discuss the two day seminar on organised crime in Jamaica.
Mr. Zuccarelli said that it was very important to improve not only law enforcement co-operation at the international level, but also judicial co-operation.
He warned that organised crime is a serious threat, which is motivated by the objective to get illicit profit.
“And for that reason, we have to address this target in an effective way. That means to seize and confiscate illicit assets,” he said.
The seminar, a closed door event, was held October 6-7, focussing on critical topics such as: The Emergence and Evolution of Organised Crime; the Legislative Framework for Prosecuting Organised Crime; Characteristics of Organised Crime; Financial Crimes and Initiatives to Remove the Profit from Organised Crime; Law Enforcement Techniques; and Specialised Crime Fighting Mechanisms.
It also featured presentations from some of Jamaica’s high ranking crime fighters and legislators.