2013 Crime Stoppers International Conference – Progress Report
The 34th Annual Crime Stoppers International Conference will be held in Barbados from September 29th – October 2nd 2013. The Conference theme of “Re-inventing for the Future” is most pertinent and relevant in the life of our Crime Stoppers movement globally, and with this in mind, an invitation is being extended to ALL Crime Stoppers programmes and volunteers to attend this auspicious event.
Having received feedback from Crime Stoppers volunteers across the world, as well as partner law enforcement agencies such INTERPOL, UN Office of Drugs & Crime (UNODC), UNICEF and others; the conference planning team is pleased to advise that the following are the areas of focus for the Conference and strategically over the next three years:
1) Corruption, Financial Crimes and the Financing of Terrorism. Issues that will be addressed include Money Laundering, Payment Card Fraud, Bribery, Embezzlement etc. At the Conference we are aiming to sensitize our members of the types of interventions that we wish to embark upon in this area.
2) Crimes Against Children and Trafficking in Human Beings. Issues which will be addressed include; cyber bullying, child sexual abuse and trafficking. In the area of Human Trafficking, it should be noted that the global news agency CNN has already confirmed their attendance and will be delivering a presentation on the Freedom Project. We are currently in discussions with the CNN Freedom Project to determine the role that each individual local Crime Stoppers program can play in helping to end modern day slavery.
3) Intellectual Property (IP) Crimes and Trafficking in Illicit Goods. In this regard, we are partnering with organizations such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL)/INTERPOL to determine the type of interventions that we as Crime Stoppers can undertake.
In addition to the above, delegates will also have the option to attend specialized 3-hour training sessions in the areas of: strategic planning, proposal preparation and project planning, website and social media, investigating intellectual property crimes, and human trafficking sensitization.
To date, the following Agencies have already confirmed their participation and will be delivering presentations at the Conference:
• United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),
• United States Embassy (Eastern Caribbean)
• Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP)
• The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)
• Philip Morris International
• Underwriters Laboratories (UL)/INTERPOL.
Invitations have also been sent to and confirmations are being awaited from the following agencies/organizations:
• The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
• The Australian Federal Police (AFP)
• The South African Police (SAPS)
• United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
• Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
• Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
• The Central Bank of Barbados
Delegates and their companions will also have a chance to see what Barbados has to offer as we will be arranging duty free shopping excursions, island safaris, visits to one of the oldest rum distilleries in the world, dinners at Zagat-rated fine-dining restaurants, fantastic beach and water sport activities and a lot more that the local Crime Stoppers programme Directors are planning for you.