Our National Security policies must be based on the fact that crime-fighting and deterring crime require targeted and sustained interventions at various levels.
Focus on the Police Force
The first element of this policy should involve strengthening the Police Force and equipping it with the tools and competences to function effectively. Our police force must be properly resourced with personnel, technology and equipment.
Intelligence gathering is critical for both crime prevention and crime solving. Therefore, an intelligence unit, supported by a secure intelligence management database system, should be established as an important component of the national security apparatus.
Modern technology plays an important role in fighting crime. The Government should invest in a comprehensive and wide-ranging closed-caption television system in all major communities, a command and control system, automatic fingerprint identification, and a central electronic database system.
Continuous training must be provided to members of the Police Force, at all levels, to ensure that their skills are always sharp and up-to-date and they are knowledgeable on the most effective crime fighting procedures.
The Justice System must be addressed to ensure that it dispenses justice fairly and speedily.
The operations of Bordelais Correctional Facility should be revisited to ensure that the facility fulfills its original role of rehabilitation and remediation. Inmates at this facility must be taught to become better, law-abiding citizens on their release.
Programmes should be introduced to prevent the early criminalization of young persons. Support must be provided to persons who have served their time at the correctional facility to facilitate their re-integration into society and to reduce recidivism.
The social and physical conditions that make crime easier to flourish and take root in communities must be dealt with. Particular attention should be paid to vulnerable or at-risk youth and direct support should be provided to programs and agencies that seek to improve the life choices available to these young people.
Techniques and strategies for amicably resolving conflicts and disputes should be taught in schools at all levels of the education system.