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  • The continued strengthening of regional institutional capacities for the design, implementation and monitoring of public policies geared towards reduction of intentional homicides is critical.
  • This was emphasised by Acting Chief Technical Director, Research, Rehabilitation and Diversion Policy Division, Ministry of National Security, Shauna Trowers, at the second workshop on ‘Targeted Public Policies for the Prevention and Reduction of International Homicide’, at the Directorate of Training and Doctrine at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in Kingston, on December 13.
  • She said citizens within the Americas deserve to live free from crime and violence, adding that “in our capacities as decision-makers and leaders in society, it is our civic duty to safeguard this right”.

The continued strengthening of regional institutional capacities for the design, implementation and monitoring of public policies geared towards reduction of intentional homicides is critical.

This was emphasised by Acting Chief Technical Director, Research, Rehabilitation and Diversion Policy Division, Ministry of National Security, Shauna Trowers, at the second workshop on ‘Targeted Public Policies for the Prevention and Reduction of International Homicide’, at the Directorate of Training and Doctrine at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in Kingston, on December 13.

She said citizens within the Americas deserve to live free from crime and violence, adding that “in our capacities as decision-makers and leaders in society, it is our civic duty to safeguard this right”.

“We cannot successfully prevent and reduce homicides in the region without data and effective policies, nor can we evaluate the efficacy of our efforts to reduce violence, crime, and feelings of insecurity without really understanding the landscape within which we operate. We need to know what works,” she added.

Turning to Jamaica, Ms. Trowers said that citizen and community security can be strengthened through a multidimensional approach, focused on addressing the potential causes of crime and violence.

She argued that this can only be done if valid, reliable and comparable citizen security data are readily available and accessible to design effective and sustainable policies and interventions.

Ms. Trowers said Government places the highest priority on the immediate reduction of the present levels of crime, violence and public disorder.

“As we participate in this workshop, I would like us all as a regional network to reflect on how we can capitalise on our different perspectives and mandates to accelerate the achievement of preventing and reducing the homicide rate in the countries that we serve,” she said.

Ms. Trowers expressed confidence that the results of the workshops that will be implemented in the region will provide the added knowledge, technical know-how and capabilities “for us to prevent and reduce intentional homicide, as well as ensure that the implementation of the policy is sustainable in the long term”.

She thanked the Organization of American States (OAS) for arranging the event, which brought together senior government representatives within the region.

“The Ministry of National Security and by extension the Jamaican Government is especially grateful for your participation in this activity and your partnership in providing technical support to design policies geared towards preventing and reducing intentional homicides,” she said.

The project is being implemented by the Department of Public Security of the OAS Secretariat for Multidimensional Security. Beneficiary countries include: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Jamaica.

Some of the objectives of the project are: to promote inter-institutional collaboration and coordination between State institutions to address intentional homicide; and create common spaces where public officers may share their experiences on intentional homicide prevention and reduction.