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The Neighbourhood Watch Movement in Jamaica will stage its 18th Annual conference on Saturday, November 12 at the Ebony Park Heart Academy in Toll Gate, Clarendon under the theme, ‘Empowering Communities through Education’.
Head of Community Relations, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Marlene Wilson-Christie told JIS News that the main aim of the conference is to “discuss weaknesses and strengths of neighbourhood watch groups” as well as use the “conference as a crime prevention tool.”
Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips and Commissioner of Police, Lucius Thomas are scheduled to participate in the conference along with Deputy Commissioner in Charge of Crime, Mark Shields; Public Defender, Howard Hamilton, and Heads of Government Agencies.
The conference begins with an opening session, after which there will be breakout sessions and workshops on five topics: ‘Human Trafficking,’ ‘Community Sustainability,’ ‘Technology in crime management,’ ‘Environmental Awareness’ and ‘Preparing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’.
Gayle Walters, Assistant Director, Public Prosecution and Superintendent Albert Edwards of the National Intelligence Branch will discuss the issue of human trafficking.
Other presenters include, Noel Watson, Executive Coordinator for the UNDP Civic Dialogue and Stephanie Simpson, Community Development Officer of the Social Development Commission (SDC) in May Pen as well as a representative from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). They will discuss Community Sustainability while Operations Manager of King Alarm, Garth Williams will lead the discussion on ‘Technology in crime management’.
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is charged with the responsibility of exploring the Environmental aspect of the workshop. While Dickie Crawford and Marcia Jackson, lecturers at the University of the West Indies (UWI) will moderate the seminar on ‘Preparing today’s Leaders for Tomorrow.’
ASP Christie pointed out that the Neighbourhood Watch, which has been in existence since 1987 has over 607 Neighbourhood Watch groups and is a major part of the cooperation between members of the community and the police.