A conference involving police commissioners and high level security delegates from around the Caribbean opened this morning (Monday, April 30) in Montego Bay.
The 33rd annual General Meeting and Conference of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) will run until Friday, May 4, at the Montego Bay Conference Centre, St James.
Among those at the conference are several commissioners of police from Caribbean states and delegates from 25 ACCP member countries.
The theme of the conference is “An integrated approach toward serious and organized crime: implications for regional growth and development.”
Key speakers at the opening session this morning highlighted the need for increased cooperation and sharing of knowledge and strategies to combat organized international crime, gang and gun violence. Among those underlining the timeliness and importance of the conference and AGM were National Security Minister for Jamaica Dr Horace Chang; Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson and Michael A DeSilva, Commissioner of Police Bermuda, and president of the ACCP. Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett, welcomed the delegates and the staging of the conference and spoke about the importance of security for a heavily tourism dependent Caribbean region.