Saint Lucia’s Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, is among regional top cops attending the 33rd Annual General Meeting of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP), currently underway in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The opening session of the meeting on Monday heard ACCP President, Michael DeSilva, describe the proliferation of criminal gangs in the region as the greatest challenge to law enforcement.
According to local media reports, DeSilva asserted that local communities across the Caribbean face a common and significant threat from gangs, gun violence and drug trafficking.
The Bermuda police chief noted that the per capita homicide rate in the Caribbean is higher than most parts of the world.
He warned that this must be pushed back before it escalates into ‘violent extremism’.
The three-day conference is being held under the theme ‘An Integrated Approach Towards Serious and Organised Crime: Implications for Regional Growth and Development’.