The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Department of Department of Public Security, and the Government of Belize signed an agreement for the execution of a project to strengthen information on crime and violence, providing computer equipment and software, as well as logistical and methodological support for the government in order to set up the public security Observatory.

The signing ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Police and Public Safety of Belize in Belmopan, was attended by the Chief Executive Officer from the Ministry of Police and Public Safety of Belize, Lt. Col. George Lovell, and Ms. Kim Osborne, OAS Country Representative, who spoke on behalf of the OAS General Secretariat and affirmed that “the collection of reliable and comprehensive criminal statistics in countries, including relevant sex-disaggregated baseline information, and use gender responsive indicators data disaggregated by sex and age, is of paramount importance to OAS Member States.”

The OAS representative further affirmed that “the Organization of American States recognizes that the fundamental tenets of democracy in the Americas cannot be fully realized if the security of our people, our governments and our member states on the whole is not assured” and underscored the transnational nature of crime and the need for enhanced capacity and cooperation at the international level.”

The objective of this project is to create and/or strengthen national observatories on crime and violence in the English-speaking Caribbean. Its first phase will concentrate on five countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Trinidad & Tobago. The initiative has been made possible through financial support from the "Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program" of the Government of Canada.

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