WHAT IS THE CARICOM IM­PLE­MEN­TA­TION AGENCY FOR CRIME AND SE­CU­RITY (IMPACS)?

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The Agency is the nerve cen­tre of the Re­gion’s new mul­ti­lat­eral Crime and Se­cu­rity man­age­ment ar­chi­tec­ture, specif­i­cally de­signed to ad­min­is­ter a col­lec­tive re­sponse to the Crime and Se­cu­rity pri­or­i­ties of Mem­ber States, un­der the di­rec­tives of, and with re­port­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity to the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters for Na­tional Se­cu­rity and Law En­force­ment. IMPACS core func­tions in­clude:

• The im­ple­men­ta­tion of ac­tions agreed by the Coun­cil re­lat­ing to crime and se­cu­rity;

• The devel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of projects in fur­ther­ance of the Agency’s ob­jec­tives;

• The ini­ti­a­tion and devel­op­ment of pro­pos­als for con­sid­er­a­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion by the Coun­cil;

• Ad­vis­ing the Coun­cil on ap­pro­pri­ate re­gional re­sponses to Crime and Se­cu­rity ar­range­ments on the ba­sis of re­search and anal­y­sis;

• The ex­e­cu­tion of re­gional projects re­lat­ing to mat­ters of crime and se­cu­rity;

• Pro­vid­ing a clear­ing house for rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion in mat­ters re­lat­ing to crime and se­cu­rity;

• Mo­bi­liz­ing re­sources in sup­port of the re­gional Crime and Se­cu­rity agenda and ne­go­ti­a­tion of tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance;

• Con­tribut­ing to the devel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of strate­gies for ef­fec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion of CARICOM on a re­gional and in­ter­na­tional level on mat­ters re­lat­ing to crime and se­cu­rity;

• The dis­sem­i­na­tion of in­for­ma­tion to Con­tract­ing Par­ties with re­spect to evolv­ing re­gional and in­ter­na­tional trends in crime and se­cu­rity;

• The col­lab­o­ra­tion and co-or­di­na­tion with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional crime pre­ven­tion and con­trol agen­cies to de­ter­mine trends, method­olo­gies and strate­gies for crime pre­ven­tion and en­hanc­ing se­cu­rity for the Com­mu­nity; and

• De­vel­op­ing, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the CARICOM Sec­re­tariat, roles, func­tions and Rules of Pro­ce­dure for such Com­mit­tees as may be es­tab­lished in fur­ther­ance of the re­gional Crime and Se­cu­rity agenda.

IMPACS also has re­spon­si­bil­ity for the co­or­di­na­tion of meet­ings of five sub-com­mit­tees:

• the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Com­mis­sion­ers of Po­lice;

• the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Mil­i­tary Heads;

• the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Chiefs of Im­mi­gra­tion;

• the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Heads of Cus­tom; and

• the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Heads of In­tel­li­gence and Fi­nan­cial In­ves­tiga­tive Units.

IMPACS is headed by an Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor who re­ports to the CARICOM Coun­cil of Min­is­ters for Na­tional Se­cu­rity and Law En­force­ment. The Coun­cil is re­spon­si­ble for the pol­icy and over­all di­rec­tion of the ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grammes of IMPACS.

Fran­cis Forbes: Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor CARICOM

IMPACS.

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