Criminologist Chuck Wexler Visits Barbados and OECS Nations for Consultation on Community Policing
Recent crimes, including a shocking prison break in St. Lucia and a fatal firebombing in Barbados, have caused communities across the eastern Caribbean to recoil in horror. In some island states, such crimes have gone hand in hand with increased crime rates.
The U.S. Embassy is responding to security concerns in the region with an upcoming consultation series on community policing with Chuck Wexler, Ph.D., an experienced criminologist and the executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
During his week-long tour from September 20-24, 2010, Wexler will visit Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Kitts-Nevis where he will meet with police and prison officials, judges, lawyers and civil society stakeholders in the tourism industry and business sector.
Wexler’s discussions with these stakeholders and policy makers will look at community policing from both a law enforcement perspective and a community perspective. Issues such as effective deployment of police personnel and the critical role community stakeholders can play to make community policing effective will be examined.
Wexler is no stranger to the Caribbean, having been to Jamaica several times since 2000 to work alongside the Jamaica Constabulary Force as PERF provided training in community policing and did a well-regarded study on crime in Kingston, the island’s capital.
PERF’s history in the region goes back even further as in 1990, the U.S. State Department hired PERF to go to Trinidad in the wake of the coup attempt by Abu Bakr and the Jamaat Al- Muslimeen. PERF sent down three senior police officials to help the Trinidad police get back on their feet and has subsequently undertaken similar community policing training projects there.