Organized crime has one objective, making money

Organized crime has one objective, making money

Law enforcement and legal practitioners from the Commonwealth Caribbean region will be meeting in Dominica April, 9 to 10 to pool their experience and knowledge of the best ways to use proceeds of crime legislation.

The 8th annual regional Proceeds of Crime Conference, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), will be hosted and organised by Dominica’s Financial Intelligence Unit.

This year’s conference has 52 attendees from 18 jurisdictions sharing good practice and promoting regional connectivity and cooperation in taking the profit out of crime.

This conference is part of the DFID Caribbean Criminal Assets Recovery Programme (CCARP). CCARP covers the seven independent countries of the Eastern Caribbean, along with Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Montserrat.

The main purpose of CCARP is to help build the capacity and capability of Law Enforcement Agencies, Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs), Public Prosecutors, the Magistracy and the Judiciary by enhancing their efforts in countering serious organised crime, particularly drug trafficking, by fully utilising the Proceeds of Crime, Cash Seizure and Money Laundering legislations and making financial investigation, and asset recovery, a key component of all acquisitive crime investigations.

CCARP, with its Caribbean partners promotes an innovative approach to tackling serious organised crime across the Caribbean, through pragmatic and robust application of proceeds of crime and money laundering legislations.

Criminals engaged in the business of serious organised crime have one objective, making money. To date, those countries participating in the Caribbean Criminal Assets Recovery Programme (CCARP) have removed EC$8,652,145 and in addition, currently have restrained/frozen EC$38,774,796 from criminal organisations across the region (figures exclude Jamaica).

Taking money and assets away from criminals provides the opportunity for this money to be reinvested in the criminal justice system, helping and supporting those most affected by crime and providing facilities for young people, thereby making the region a safer place and benefitting local communities.

Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit is expected to address the opening ceremony of the conference.