Coun­tries step up fight against crime with fact-find­ing sum­mit

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - – Melinda Ren­uart

NA­TIONAL SE­CU­RITY Min­is­ter Robert Mon­tague told del­e­gates dur­ing the open­ing day of a two-day mul­ti­lat­eral sum­mit in Kingston that in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion is a key part of putting an end to the im­mi­nent threat posed by multi­na­tional crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Transna­tional crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tions have es­sen­tially taken ad­van­tage of our in­creas­ingly in­ter­con­nected world to ex­pand their il­licit en­ter­prises ... . We would only be able to ef­fec­tively com­bat this broad­en­ing range of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity through con­certed, strate­gic and col­lab­o­ra­tive co­op­er­a­tion at a global level.”

He said this was ev­i­dent in how the coun­try has been work­ing with in­ter­na­tional part­ners in the fight against mul­ti­lat­eral crime, which in­cludes the deadly lot­tery scam, the gun trade, cy­ber­crime, and hu­man traf­fick­ing.

He told the sum­mit that Ja­maica’s ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion and the propen­sity for smug­glers to use Ja­maica’s ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters as a trans-ship­ment point in the dis­tri­bu­tion of drugs and other con­tra­band is play­ing a sig­nif­i­cant role in the na­tion’s crime prob­lem.

“Of course, our ge­o­graph­i­cal po­si­tion along the main drug tran­sit routes be­tween the ma­jor co­caine-pro­duc­ing and con­sum­ing coun­tries also fac­tor in our crime sit­u­a­tion,” Mon­tague said.

In ex­plain­ing that Ja­maica’s crime prob­lem was as a re­sult of seeds planted many years ago, Mon­tague warned that suc­cess in de­feat­ing the is­sue will not hap­pen overnight.

“What will bring suc­cess is an in­crease in pub­lic trust, a part­ner­ship with our com­mu­ni­ties, re­spect for peo­ple’s rights, less cor­rup­tion, stem­ming the flow of our youth into gangs, use of tech­nol­ogy, a calm and in­formed cit­i­zenry, and strong lead­er­ship. This ad­min­is­tra­tion, my min­istry, is pro­vid­ing that lead­er­ship,” he noted.

SHAR­ING AC­COM­PLISH­MENTS

For­mer Colom­bian Na­tional Po­lice Chief Rosso Ser­rano has shared how his coun­try dis­man­tled two of its most pow­er­ful drug car­tels 20 years ago through a dis­ci­plined and pa­tri­otic po­lice force.

Con­trast­ingly, for­mer New York Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ray­mond Kelly em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of col­lab­o­rat­ing with the en­tire com­mu­nity, as well as with other coun­tries.

The NYPD used in­for­ma­tion from hous­ing de­part­ments, so­cial me­dia and schools, and joined with par­ents.

“The foun­da­tion of our gang strat­egy was in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing and anal­y­sis,” Kelly said, and this led to a 38 per cent de­crease in New York City mur­ders from 2010 un­til the end of 2013.

Through­out the rest of the sum­mit, the guests and ex­perts from dif­fer­ent na­tions strate­gised on how in­tel­li­gence could best be dis­trib­uted be­tween in­di­vid­u­als, re­gions, and na­tions to weaken or­gan­ised crime.

PHOTOS BY RUDOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Prime Min­is­ter Andrew Hol­ness (right) speaks with (from left) Ray­mond Kelly, for­mer NYPD com­mis­sioner; Gen­eral Rosso Jose Ser­rano, se­cu­rity and In­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion ad­viser for Colom­bia’s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs; and Robert Mon­tague, min­is­ter of na­tional se­cu­rity, dur­ing the open­ing of the Mul­ti­lat­eral Sum­mit on Com­bat­ing Crime in an In­ter­con­nected World.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ge­orge Quallo (left) speaks with Nel­son I. Del­gado of the United States Depart­ment of Jus­tice Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Mul­ti­lat­eral Sum­mit on Com­bat­ing Crime in an In­ter­con­nected World at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel in New Kingston last Thurs­day.

AT LEFT: Head of the Euro­pean Union Del­e­ga­tion in Ja­maica, Am­bas­sador Mal­go­rzata Wasilewska, in dis­cus­sion with Ray­mond Kelly, for­mer NYPD com­mis­sioner, at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Mul­ti­lat­eral Sum­mit on Com­bat­ing Crime in an In­ter­con­nected World.

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