Caribbean Police Officers Receiving UN Police Training for Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011

The UN Women Caribbean Office is pleased to announce that three regional police officers will join 17 international counterparts for a Train the Trainer Course on the United Nations Police Standardised training on prevention and investigation of sexual and gender-based crimes, in Kigali, Rwanda from 18-29 July 2011.

The participating officers are Senior Sergeant Collin Hope of Antigua and Barbuda, Deputy Superintendent of Police Gloria Maxine Davis-Simpson of Jamaica, and Assistant Superintendent of Police Jonathan Calbert Nicholls of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. (Click here for link to related story)

The training programme is another step in the cooperation developed between the UN Women Caribbean office and the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) under the UN Women Strengthening State Accountability and Community Action to End Gender Based Violence’ Project, which seeks to support the justice and security sectors and the non-governmental sector in their efforts to strengthen the prevention, protection and punishment of violence against women.

The course is intended to advance the policing skills of the participants as well as their understanding of the causes and consequences of sexual assault.

All across the Caribbean there is an unacceptable level of impunity for violence against women. UN Women’s partnership with the ACCP focuses on addressing some of the gaps in the administration of justice, including detection and investigation as well as treatment of victims.

This training opportunity follows on a two-week internship programme with the Ottawa, Canada Police Services Department in April this year on the management of domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

Under the State Accountability Project, UN Women will also host a meeting of Ombudsmen, police and organisations working in the field of ending violence against women to enhance levels of cooperation and understanding of the actions needed to better respond to gender-based violence. This meeting takes place in Barbados 25-26 July 2011.

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For further information please contact: Sharon Carter-Burke - Communications Specialist

UN WOMEN (Caribbean Office)

Tel: (246) 467-6000 ext. 6124

Fax: (246) 437-6596

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