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  • Members of the public are invited to the opening ceremony of the fourth annual International Association of Prosecutors North American and Caribbean Regional Conference on November 3.
  • The conference, being held from November 2 to 4 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, will seek to address current and future challenges to tackling cybercrime and organised financial crime.
  • The conference will target prosecutors, law-enforcement officers and financial institution personnel.

Members of the public are invited to the opening ceremony of the fourth annual International Association of Prosecutors North American and Caribbean Regional Conference on November 3.

The conference, being held from November 2 to 4 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, will seek to address current and future challenges to tackling cybercrime and organised financial crime.

Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the Cybercrime and Digital Forensics Unit in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Andrea Martin Swaby, told JIS News that prosecutors and law-enforcement officers from more than 25 countries in the Caribbean, United States, Canada and Europe will be in Jamaica to discuss prosecution and governance in the 21st century.

“The participants will discuss issues such as the use of social media, tackling crime, cyberespionage, hacking, and a lot of topics that would emanate from the increase in the use of cyber and digital devices, as well as how it (social media) has impacted us and our justice systems,” she said.

Mrs. Martin Swaby pointed out that at the close of the seminar, the participating countries will look at the legislation throughout each country.

“We will look at best practices in an effort to improve in the fight against cybercrime and how to use the information out there on digital devices to assist law enforcement,” she said.

The conference will target prosecutors, law-enforcement officers and financial institution personnel.

In the meantime, Mrs. Martin Swaby said that “persons ought to exercise care in respect to the content posted on social media, as we really can’t control the reach of the Internet”.

“In posting you are exposing yourself to danger that you cannot control,” she added.