Thursday, July 17, 2003 - The National Crime Commission (NCC), is making
significant headway, in bringing the police and public closer to work as a team,
in an effort to defeat the crime surge. Ultimately, the NCC’s efforts are aimed
at reducing any hostility that exists between the police and civilians. Chief
Executive Officer of the NCC Linwall James says, based on its mandate, the NCC
has been holding dialogue with civil society at the community level.
“Our mandate is to decrease actual levels of crime and disorder, prohibit
further increase in crime, manage and decrease the fear of crime and personal
victimization and form civic partnerships in reducing crime levels, disorder and
theft, James said.” “We have been concentrating very much on the formation of
civic partnerships. We have been holding community town hall meetings in a
number of areas, out of which we are trying to collate concerns expressed
through public hearings and consultations, through our town hall meetings.”
According to James, the communities are very interested in the approach adopted
by the NCC and have been proactive in taking advantage of the initiative.
“Some communities have actually called us in to discuss specific areas. For
example, the Choiseul community called us in to discuss domestic violence, and
that was in response to two serious incidents that took place in the area.”
On many occasions, the Commission’s spokespersons provide information and
guidance to residents airing various concerns. In addition, the Commission has
been responding to calls from schools, to speak on topics such as crime and
deviant behaviour, in an attempt to boost students’ morale and discipline.