U.S. Police Experts Visit St. Lucia for Consultations on Community Policing
Recent violent crimes are of grave concern to communities across the eastern Caribbean. Increased gun violence, armed robberies and gang related activity in some island states, are part of increased crime rates. The U.S. Embassy is working with our partners in the Caribbean to respond to local and regional security concerns under President Obama’s Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.
During the week of August 22-26, the U.S. Embassy is supporting Consultations on Community Policing in cooperation with the Royal St. Lucia Police Force.
In the consultations, U.S. and St. Lucian police and security experts will work side-by-side to discuss how to implement effective community policing tactics and share best practices from around the world. The speakers from the United States are Robert White, Chief of Police for Louisville, Kentucky, and Public Safety Consultant Robert Olson, former Chief of Police for Minneapolis, Minnesota and Corpus Christi, Texas.
During their week-long visit to St. Lucia, Chiefs White and Olson will meet with police and prison officials, judges, lawyers, teachers, business leaders, NGO representatives and civil society stakeholders.
Consultations will be held in Castries, Soufriere and Vieux Fort, and will explore the important roles of police and community leaders in ensuring citizen safety.
This consultation on Community Policing is fully funded by the United States Government and is part of America’s continuing engagement with its Caribbean partners through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. This follows a four island community policing seminar and consultation series held in Barbados, St. Vincent, Grenada and St. Kitts in October 2010.