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Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit
Reports
Date:  12/18/2015 
Since 2008, the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit (formerly the National Task Force on Crime Prevention) has strengthened its crime prevention campaign in schools and communities. Information garnered from research is used to develop crime prevention programmes targeting at risk populations. Several partnerships were established with the Royal Barbados Police Force, judiciary, schools, churches and international organisations to build the capacity of the department as well as to share best practices for crime prevention. The programmes developed include:
- 11+ programme - targets children who sat the Common Entrance Examination and are transitioning to secondary school;
- Dispute Resolution and Conflict Mediation programme - targets at risk students in Secondary school;
- No Witness, No Justice programme - targets children in Secondary School;
- Girls talk and Boyz to men - target teenagers with gender relevant information on crime and sexuality;
- Art Competition - primary and secondary school students are encouraged to depict through art crime prevention strategies that could be implemented in schools and communities.
In November 2014, the United Nations Children’s Fund collaborated with the National Task Force on Crime Prevention and co- sponsored a one-day workshop for 300 secondary school students on the topic of cyber-crimes.
Addressing the behavioural challenges presented by students across secondary schools, especially, those that have been deemed to be “at-risk” continues to be a priority for the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation. In recent years, there has emerged a growing trend of students who have developed very dysfunctional behaviours that significantly challenge regular schools and that require more long-term intervention and rehabilitation approaches. In this regard, the Horizon Academy Alternative Day School was opened in January 2015 for students of compulsory school attendance age who are either expelled from school or by virtue of their deviant behaviours cannot be retained in the regular school setting. The school offers an alternative curriculum which is based on the national curriculum. The emphasis in the programme is to teach students the types of skills they need to become productive members of society while engaging in meaningful life practices.
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Date:  12/18/2015 
The Government of Barbados has embarked on a number of measures to protect women from the scourge of domestic violence. One such measure has been the review of the Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) Act 1992. This review has led to a number of proposed amendments to the Act which seek to strengthen its relevance to the growing incidences of domestic violence.
In addition to a review of the Act, Government has also sought to strengthen the institutional response to domestic violence. With this objective in mind, the Government has established the Family Conflict Unit within the Royal Barbados Police Force in 2013. This initiative has served to create a greater impetus for domestic violence interventions among the (constabulary) police officers.
Since 2012, Barbados has implemented the Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme, a sixteen-session curriculum for men designed to encourage and support them in achieving a violence-free lifestyle. It is premised on the principles of victim safety and perpetrator accountability. The PfP programme asserts that violence is intentional and that abusive behaviours are chosen methods for gaining control of persons and situations. The programme uses a psycho-educational approach in order to convey that violence is unacceptable and that violent habits can be broken. The key message is that violence is a choice, that participants are responsible for their choices, and that they alone are accountable for the consequences of the actions they take.
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Date:  12/18/2015 
United Nations Convention on Transnational Organised Crime
Barbados ratified the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organised Crime and three supplementary protocols in October 2014, namely the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children; the Protocol against Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air; and the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition.
The Convention provides a framework to effectively prevent and combat transnational organised crime. States Parties are legally bound to implement provisions such as the obligation to criminalise participation in an organised criminal group, money laundering, corruption and the obstruction of justice. The Convention also outlines measures to be implemented by States Parties to prevent, investigate and prosecute these crimes.
The three Protocols contain specific provisions aimed at preventing, combating and punishing trafficking in persons, the smuggling of migrants and the illicit manufacture of and trafficking in firearms, their parts, components and ammunition.
Barbados signed the instruments to become a State Party to the Convention and its Protocols in September 2001.
Arms Trade Treaty
Barbados became a signatory to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on September 26, 2013 and is currently taking the necessary steps to ratify this legally binding instrument which is intended, inter alia, to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and prevent their diversion.* Barbados ratified the Arms Trade Treaty on May 21, 2015.

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Date:  12/18/2015 
Various training opportunities have been provided to the Royal Barbados Police Force through the Government of the United States and Canada in areas such as forensics, polygraph examinations, and crisis negotiation.
Paragraphs: 6 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  12/18/2015 
Although community policing and the Neighbourhood Watch Programme continue to be at the fore-front of crime prevention initiatives, a range of specific crime prevention strategies are currently in use by the Force as a counter to increase criminality. Most of these measures fall under the rubric of situational crime prevention and include initiatives such as target hardening, high police visibility, property marking, environmental design, security audits and education.
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Date:  12/18/2015 
Anecdotal evidence suggests that Barbados might be a destination country for the exploitation of workers from other countries within the region, with exploitation being in the form of prostitution or work in the night entertainment sector.
The National Task Force for the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons was established in February 2012. The Task Force is directed by the Barbados Operations Guidelines for the Identification and Protection of Victims of Human Trafficking and the Protection of Victims of Traffickers. The guidelines are linked to the United Nations Protocol and the objectives include the following:
- To provide guidance to all stakeholders in responding to suspected cases of human trafficking;
- To facilitate the successful investigation and prosecution of cases of human trafficking;
- To protect and assist the victims of such trafficking with full respect for their human rights;
- To promote cooperation among all stake holders in order to meet these objectives; and
- To encourage and facilitate the maintenance of a victim-centred approach by all stakeholders in the performance of their duties.
For many years, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) collaborated with partners in Barbados to counter human trafficking. The IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, be they refugees, displaced persons or other uprooted people. IOM also assists governments in the development and implementation of migration policies, legislation and administrative mechanisms.
In 2013, the IOM focused on a series of training courses aimed at building capacity of technical stakeholders in the Caribbean region to identify and assist victims of trafficking, and improve criminal justice efforts. More recently, in April 2014, the IOM sponsored a sensitization session for judiciary officials. Additionally, in June and November 2014, the IOM held two workshops aimed at strengthening institutional mechanisms for criminal justice. The workshops focussed on national plans of action and tools required to collect and analyse data. It also focussed on public awareness and memoranda of understanding as components of a national plan. These activities are part of a three-year regional capacity building project to combat human trafficking.
Paragraphs: 9 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
STRENGTHENING PUBLIC SECURITY
The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) continues, at the strategic level, to formulate and implement policies consistent with Supply and Demand Reduction and Harm Reduction with respect to illicit drugs. The Force has strengthened its information sharing capability in the region and internationally through specific systems, training and education. By virtue of this our capability to monitor and interdict drug trafficking has been greatly enhanced.
Our Harm Reduction focus has been targeted at public education, alerting the community to the dangers and ramifications of the use and abuse of illicit drugs.
Specifically, the RBPF has expanded its Drug Awareness Programme in Primary Schools, through the Drug Awareness Resistance Education Programme or (DARE). It is contemplated that this programme will be extended to our Secondary Schools.
Paragraphs: 72 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
STRENGTHENING PUBLIC SECURITY
The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) continues, at the strategic level, to formulate and implement policies consistent with Supply and Demand Reduction and Harm Reduction with respect to illicit drugs. The Force has strengthened its information sharing capability in the region and internationally through specific systems, training and education. By virtue of this our capability to monitor and interdict drug trafficking has been greatly enhanced.
Our Harm Reduction focus has been targeted at public education, alerting the community to the dangers and ramifications of the use and abuse of illicit drugs. Specifically, the RBPF has expanded its Drug Awareness Programme in Primary Schools, through the Drug Awareness Resistance Education Programme or (DARE). It is contemplated that this programme will be extended to our Secondary Schools.
Transnational Organized Crime
The RBPF has developed a capability in its Financial Crimes Investigative Unit to investigate and submit for prosecution, crimes of Money Laundering. Current Legislation has been given a recent and welcomed boost to the Forces capability through the promulgation of the Transnational Organised Crime (Prevention and Control) Act 2011-3. Complementing this, the Force has deployed more investigators to the unit responsible for such investigations.
The RBPF's Contingency Plans for terrorist incidents are subject to continuous update. Related training and simulations complement the updates. Continuous networking with international agencies in the fight, against terrorism heightens the Force's awareness of any possible terrorist threats.
Since 1982, the Force embarked on Community Policing as a crime prevention strategy and philosophy. Currently new crime prevention strategy and philosophy treat to pervasive public engagement through Community Policing and Problem Solving; the desirable integrated approach. This approach has led to the better management of Crime Prevention and has had the distinct utility of identifying criminal gangs and
associated criminal behaviour.
Firearm crime poses a threat to individual and community well-being. This criminal activity can drive fear throughout our communities hence the Force accords it the seriousness with which it should be treated. There is a specialized unit to deal with the more organized and sophisticated aspect of firearm crime and the movement and use of ammunition. At the strategic level, the Force uses its international connections to
monitor illicit manufacture and trafficking in firearms and ammunition. Recently the RBPF has been calling for and now has the capability of tracing the origins of firearms and ammunition used illegally.
Paragraphs: 70 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
Transnational Organized Crime
The RBPF has developed a capability in its Financial Crimes Investigative Unit to investigate and submit for prosecution, crimes of Money Laundering. Current Legislation has been given a recent and welcomed boost to the Forces capability through the promulgation of the Transnational Organised Crime (Prevention and Control) Act 2011-3. Complementing this, the Force has deployed more investigators to the unit responsible for such investigations.
Paragraphs: 76 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
The RBPF's Contingency Plans for terrorist incidents are subject to continuous update. Related training and simulations complement the updates. Continuous networking with international agencies in the fight, against terrorism heightens the Force's awareness of any possible terrorist threats.
Paragraphs: 69 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  6/21/2011 
Firearm crime poses a threat to individual and community well-being. This criminal activity can drive fear throughout our communities hence the Force accords it the seriousness with which it should be treated. There is a specialized unit to deal with the more organized and sophisticated aspect of firearm crime and the movement and use of ammunition. At the strategic level, the Force uses its international connections to
monitor illicit manufacture and trafficking in firearms and ammunition. Recently the RBPF has been calling for and now has the capability of tracing the origins of firearms and ammunition used illegally.
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