President of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP), Michael DaSilva, said a five-year strategic plan should emerge from their five-day conference, being held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James. President of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP), Michael DaSilva, said a five-year strategic plan should emerge from their five-day conference, being held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.Speaking with JIS News following the opening on April 30, Mr. DaSilva outlined that there will be three operational areas of focus – reducing violent crimes, increasing border security and cybersecurity, and enhancing police legitimacy.“These efforts will be underpinned by a fourth priority – to improve our business process, so that we can enhance our ability to support our members and contribute to policing improvements in the region,” Mr. DaSilva added.He said globalisation and technological advancement have caused critical changes in society, forcing law-enforcement teams to reassess areas that have given rise to crime across the region.“Issues such as Internet fraud, child exploitation, compromised data, identity theft and infiltration of social media misconducts have made crime-fighting more complex. People have become more radical, and citizens have more avenues to participate in violent and illegal extremism of crime,” he shared.Mr. DaSilva further noted that the increase in international travel, global tourism and Internet access have placed strain on the management and control of criminal activities and border security.“The development of the strategic plan has been facilitated by Ernst and Young and the plan will guide and drive the work of the ACCP to ensure that we are using our resources to full effect, while addressing the most important areas of policing and crime-fighting,” he said.The President pointed out that each plenary session and workshop will assist the law-enforcement personnel to develop policing strategies, professional skills building, crime-prevention measures, human-rights policies and how to improve public trust.“It is the ACCP’s mandate to assist Commissioners to police their jurisdictions effectively and to make our communities the places to live, work and visit. So, the ACCP is raising its profile as an international collaborative partner to help improve our capabilities and increase our capacity,” he said. Speaking with JIS News following the opening on April 30, Mr. DaSilva outlined that there will be three operational areas of focus – reducing violent crimes, increasing border security and cybersecurity, and enhancing police legitimacy. “These efforts will be underpinned by a fourth priority – to improve our business process, so that we can enhance our ability to support our members and contribute to policing improvements in the region,” Mr. DaSilva added. Story Highlights
The Oscar Pistorius murder investigation in South Africa, which has the attention of much of the world, has quickly degenerated into amateur hour. And you thought the Los Angeles prosecutors and police were incompetent during the O.J. Simpson trial of 1995?As bizarre as some of the twists in the Simpson murder trial of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman, already the Pistorius case has been jumbled. Most recently comes word that Hilton Botha — the lead investigator in the case of the Valentine’s Day shooting of Reeva Steenkamp — has a May court trial on seven counts of attempted murder. Yes, the detective is not only still on the job despite serious charges against him, but he is the lead investigator in the most publicized case in South Africa in recent memory.Police Brig. Neville Malila said Thursday that Botha and two other police officers fired shots while trying to stop a minivan in October 2011. The charges were initially dropped, but police said they learned Wednesday that the charges had been reinstated.“The (Pistorius) prosecutors were not aware of those charges (against Botha),” Medupe Simasiku, of the National Prosecution Agency, said. “We are calling up the information so we can get the details of the case. From there we can take action and see if we remove him from the investigation or if he stays.”That was Wednesday. Thursday Botha was, indeed, dismissed from the case and replaced by Lt. Gen. Vinesh Moonoo, who will “gather a team of highly skilled and experience detectives,” according to officials. Moonoo is called South Africa’s “top detective.” But he will have to overcome some damage Botha and others left behind.A checklist of police blunders helped the case against Pistorius unravel. Botha testified that authorities had no evidence to challenge the double-amputee Olympian’s claim he killed his girlfriend accidentally by shooting through the bathroom door because he thought a burglar was in his home in Pretoria, the South African capital.Prosecutors were seen rubbing their temples while looking down at their notes in dismay as Botha said he misjudged distances of a witness who said he heard shouting coming from the Pistorius house. Botha acknowledged that a forensics team left in the toilet bowl one of the bullet slugs fired at Steenkamp. Police also allowed a Pistorius friend to take evidence out of the home: bullets that the accused had for the murder weapon.It likely will be difficult to convict Pistorius, a national hero as it is. The police’s ineptitude so far has made it more difficult.To wit: Botha said the witness who heard “nonstop talking, like shouting” in the early-morning hours was in a house more than 650 yards away from the murder scene, a distance equal to four city blocks, making it nearly impossible for someone to hear from that distance.But when prosecutor Gerrie Nel questioned Botha, the veteran detective said the distance was much closer. Botha also said police found syringes and steroids in Pistorius’ bedroom. Nel cut off the officer and said the drugs actually were testosterone. Yes, much of the police investigation and testimony have been bungled, which may create doubt in the minds of the potential jurors.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#TCIGeneralElections#TCIResults2016 Election Observer Mission reports to Press Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcigeneralelections, #TCIResults2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 16, 2016 – In a brief press conference, Rufus Ewing earlier today resigned as leader of the Progressive National Party. “I have made the decision to honorably tender my resignation as party leader with immediate effect.”A somber looking, outgoing Premier cited that among the reasons he is leaving is because the electorate has clearly demonstrated its decision for change and that he now no longer has a seat to be in the House of Representatives.It was obvious that Ewing was crestfallen but he spoke congenially of the election race and the voters’ decision to elect the PDM. “The Leader of the Party ought to be a person who is an elected member of The House of Assembly so that they can stand as Leader of the Opposition in The House of Assembly.”Dr. Ewing expressed support for the rebuilding of the PNP party leadership and said he is quitting politics believing he was there for just ‘a season and a reason’. “I never intended to be a career politician.”Rufus Ewing said he has congratulated the PDM Leader on their victory and added that he is proud of his accomplishments and accounts the devastating loss of the PNP at the polls can be attributed to poor communication of their strides; he said the PNP Administration has handed over a good foundation. “No I did not expect to be there, I knew that it was a tight race, and I thought that we had a good chance of winning.”Rufus Ewing appeared alone at the table in that press conference held at PNP House. Final seat goes to new opposition party PNP Change for Turks and Caicos, PDM is New Government Recommended for you
All three services are embarking on ambitious efforts to increase the environmental sustainability of their installations, with the ultimate goal of reducing the consumption of energy, water and waste resources to an effective rate of zero.These efforts — first launched by the Army in 2011 under its Net Zero Initiative — are helping the military conserve energy while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources and enhancing its energy security; reduce consumption of freshwater resources so as not to deplete groundwater; and limit the use of landfills. The efforts also are aimed at saving money.To better understand the benefits experienced by the services pursuing net zero goals, as well as the challenges, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee directs the Government Accountability Office to report on the successes achieved to date along with areas for improvement. According to report language attached to the panel’s portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, the report should address:to what extent has DOD developed an integrated net zero strategy for energy, water and waste management at its installations?what impact do net zero initiatives have on maintaining mission capability?what challenges have installations encountered implementing net zero initiatives?what lessons have been learned from the initiative, and how are those lessons being shared and optimized?what have been the costs and benefits of net zero initiatives?how successful have the military departments and installations been in implementing the net zero initiative?The report would be due May 15, 2016. The subcommittee’s portion of the authorization bill is available on the committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHOR