PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday July 29, 2011 – National Security Minister Brigadier John Sandy has signed two cooperation agreements with the Organization of American States (OAS) for the strengthening of information on public security and for the promotion of firearms making in Latin America and the Caribbean.
He said the agreements will “establish a framework for practical collaboration, to achieve a more secure region…and also provides the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, with opportunities for networking with regional and hemispheric counterparts, in order to enhance information sharing”.
Minister Sandy explained that at the “heart of each of these agreements, there is recognition of the need for this country and for the region to provide a safer environment for our citizens”.
He said the agreement on the project to strengthen information on Public Security is expected to create, support and improve data collection for national observatories on crime and violence with the objective of providing new tools for the Government “to better understand the characteristics and trends in crime and violence affecting our society, and in turn, allow the Ministry of National Security, to tailor appropriate strategies and policies to improve public security”.
The National Security Minister said the equipment and training will be provided on a grant basis, with funding from Canada’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programme.
Regarding the second agreement on promoting firearms marking in Latin America and the Caribbean, he said that allows for proper identification of firearms and would improve the exchange of information and experiences among OAS Member States, as an essential tool in combating illicit activities.