Neighbourhood Watch Conference on Nov.20


The Neighbourhood Watch Movement will be staging its 17th annual conference on Saturday, November 20 at the Jamaica Police Academy in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine under the theme, ‘Restoring Public Order: A Challenge for Communities’.
Head of the Community Relations Department of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Leon Rose, told JIS News that the Neighbourhood Watch Movement has served as a crime prevention tool.
He expressed the hope that tomorrow’s meeting would come up with strategies to impact public policy and legislation as it relates to crime fighting.
The conference, he said, would see involvement from media personnel and heads of agencies involved in conflict resolution and justice issues.
The format of the meeting, he noted, would comprise an opening session to be addressed by Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips; Commissioner of Police, Francis Forbes, with University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer Senator Trevor Munroe, serving as guest speaker, after which the conference will be dissolved into three workshops to discuss the topics: ‘Restoring Public Order’, ‘Technology as a Crime Prevention Tool’, and ‘Rights vs. Responsibilities’.
ACP Rose informed that the workshop on Restoring Public Order, would be moderated by UWI lecturer, Dr. Anthony Harriott, with Head of the Disputes Resolution Foundation, Donna Parchment; sociologist and lecturer at the UWI, Dr. Orville Taylor; and Deputy Superintendent of Police from the Corporate Strategy Unit, Norman Heywood, comprising the members of the discussion panel.
The workshop on Technology as a Crime Prevention Tool will be moderated by TVJ news anchor Michael Sharpe and panelists will include representatives from Technology Plus, Guardsman, and a police officer from the Organized Crime Unit.
Attorney-at-Law, Ronald Thwaites, will moderate the workshop on Rights vs Responsibilities, with Dr. Carolyn Gomes of Jamaicans for Justice; human rights activist, Flo O’Connor; President of the Jamaica Bar Association, Arlene Harrison-Henry; and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Novelette Grant, serving as panelists.
Acting ACP Rose pointed out that, “we want to charter a course for the type of neighbourhood watch that will be far more proactive, not only in terms of being your brother’s or your neighbour’s keepers, but far more proactive in .being an influence in shaping public policy and understanding the various variables of society.”

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