Marigot is the latest community targeted by an official anti-crime consultation initiative.
The series of public discussions spearheaded by the Ministry of National Security is intended to help the authorities better tackle growing incidents of violent crime which affect both locals and visitors.
Government officials, criminal justice professionals, academics and members of the general public have been identifying strategies that it is hoped will help prevent or significantly reduce serious criminal activity on the island.
Tougher laws, harsher punishment, greater community involvement and community policing are some of the recommendations being discussed.
At the Marigot session Attorney General Levi Peter emphasized the need for closer attention to be paid to the manner in which people are socialized from a young age.
“The general decline in the way we interact with each other is something which we may think is simple but in my view is very significant. The decline in the display and exercise of courtesy that used to exist in our communities is of critical concern,” Peter told the meeting.
He also suggested that lack of empathy with fellow man and woman, brother and sister were significant factors which are contributing to serious crime.
The Attorney General said he was confident that some success could be realized if more attention is paid to getting people off the track of committing crime.
Dominica’s Chief of Police Cyril Carette meanwhile reiterated a call for greater collaboration to tackle Dominica’s crime problems.
“I think there should be greater collaboration between law enforcement and the communities to ensure that we can effectively fight serious crimes,” Commissioner Carrette said.
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