National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has announced plans for a one-day national consultation on crime.
“Its a Caribbean phenomenon – all the countries are having an increase in the crime rate,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner told reporters Monday.
“We have to sit down and see how best we can deal with it,” he explained.
With regard to the proposed one-day consultation on crime, Francis said he will be presenting the plan to cabinet.
He disclosed that he wants to invite representatives from several local organisations and will be giving his cabinet colleagues an opportunity to include others.
“Persons like the media will have at least two representatives, the Chamber of Commerce, the Insurance Council, the (National) Youth Council, differently abled people, the LGBT people, the Christian Council – everybody I think that can make a contribution, we will be inviting them to that one-day symposium some time this month,” the minister told reporters.
Francis said the idea for the consultation came from opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre.
“I met him at a football competition organised by the Community Relations Branch a couple Saturdays ago and at that time we talked about it again. He had made the appeal in the House of Assembly and I took note of it and having spoken to him after that, I think it is a very good idea,” Francis observed.