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Police data shows sex offence reduction, and increase in assaults on police

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  • Assault on police in the execution of their duties is a major concern
  • 35% increase in offensive against police
  • RGPF has been advocating a zero-tolerance on carriage of offensive weapons in a public space

Edvin Martin, Acting Commissioner of Police has disclosed that there is a growing lack of respect for officers. A comparison of data from 1 January to 30 June 2019 to the same period in 2018 has revealed that there was a 35% increase in that category of offensive against police.

“Assault on police moved from 40 in 2018 to 54 in 2019, a 35% increase. This in my mind speaks to the lack of cooperation or a lack of respect for officers during the execution of their duties. I want to appeal to the public to be more cooperative to officers in the execution of their duties,” Martin said during a news conference in which he shared crime data for the first half of both 2018 and 2019.

Surrounded by other high-ranking officers, Martin said that the force will be examining ways in which it can possibly train officers to de-escalate situations, because it may also be a factor in fuelling these offensives against police. “Assault on police in the execution of their duties is a major concern we must address,” he said.

According to the data presented, overall Grenada for the first six months of 2019 recorded a reduction in all major crimes, but there remains pockets of concerns in certain categories. For the period 1 January to 30 June 2019, a total of 8,001 was recorded by the police. For 2018 the amount was 7,009.

“There is certainly an overall contraction of major crimes in each category,” said Martin who is of the opinion that if the pattern continues, by the end of 2019 Grenada will record its second year in crime reduction.

While the biggest increase was in the areas of murder and assault on police, the most significant reduction was in the sexually related offence category. “We have an increase in murder, it moved from six to eight and what is important to note here is that five of those eight homicides seem to be associated with the use of offensive weapons,” Martin told media during the news conference.

“You will realise that the RGPF has been advocating very strongly for us to have a zero-tolerance on the carriage of offensive weapons in a public space. An offensive weapon is anything that is used to intentionally cause harm to another person.”

“In the category of assault offensives, this continues to be a major challenge. Particularly threatening language and threatening language as an offensive category by itself has accounted for the largest number of reports made to the police,” said Martin. A Powerpoint presentation showed that there were 1,204 assaults reported to the police for the period of comparison.

Data showing reduction in sex crimes

Martin said that there would be a 16% reduction in total crime, with the removal of threatening language from the assault category from the total crime statistics.

In the area of sex offences, Martin said, “This area had the largest reduction of reported crimes for the period moving from 227 in 2018 to a 197 as of 30 June 2019 a reflective of 13% in contraction. While this is encouraging, the decrease is not significant enough.”

“We attribute this reduction to increase advocacy, de-stigmatisation of reporting and increase law enforcement efforts. I want to say these efforts must be sustained. We must build on the gains while we try to get this terrible crime out of our society,” said Martin.

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Two MWAG executives resign | NOW Grenada

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  • Two of the six-member MWAG executive resigned with immediate effect
  • Reasons for resignations have not been openly shared
  • Increased number of assaults and threats against media workers on the job recently

Two executive members of the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) who were elected at the Annual General Meeting held in December 2018, have resigned from their post with immediate effect as of Friday, 17 January 2020.

Tonnia St Louis-Lawrence is an employee of Meaningful Television (MTV), while Joseph is an employee of the Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN).

According to MWAG’s constitution, the AGM shall be held on before 30 November each year, but it was unable to be held in November 2017 and thus the executive was elected in December 2018.

Shere-Ann Noel who is currently a senior employee of the Government Information Service (GIS) was elected by the members to serve as President at that AGM, and she has confirmed receiving the resignations on Friday.

The other executive members are Rickisha St Louis and Delroy Louison who are also employed with the government, and Asher Andall who is an independent media worker.

Both Lawrence and Joseph have not openly shared the reason for the resignation, but have given the assurance that they will continue to be members of the Association. According to its constitution, the Association “is dedicated to the best interest of the media in Grenada, particularly for the furtherance of the education and professional status of its members.”

The constitution provides guidance on the process to fill the vacancies. “In the event of a vacancy occurring on the Executive by the death, incapacity or resignation of an officer, a successor may be appointed by the Executive Committee to complete the remainder of the term.”

President Noel said that an emergency meeting will be called to formally inform the membership of the resignations and for the Association to decide the way forward.

It is not certain if the action of the two is linked to the growing number of assaults and threats against media workers on the job in recent months and the executive decision to not publicly condemn all reported acts. It is understood that some members of the Executive have been demanding that there be open condemnation and concern about the assaults, but at least on one occasion, there was no public action.

The latest was an online journalist being barred from recording a public meeting for news purposes in the village of Mt Moritz. Residents of the area were meeting with Acting Commissioner of Police and other government officials, but some in attendance said they were uncomfortable having the media present.

After the journalist left, the Government Information Service arrived at the venue and was allowed to record, and an edited version of the recording was later disseminated to media houses who requested a copy of the meeting. Traditionally, the GIS makes available unedited footage of government events.

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ECCB Vacancy: Banking Officer II

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EASTERN CARIBBEAN CENTRAL BANK

VACANCY

Banking Officer II, Payment Systems Development and Oversight Unit (PSDOU)

Banking and Monetary Operations Department (BMOD)

Suitably qualified citizens of member territories of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) are invited to apply to fill the position of Banking Officer II, Payment Systems Development and Oversight Unit, within the Banking & Monetary Operations Department of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, headquartered in Basseterre, in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The successful candidate will be based in St Kitts and hired initially on a two (2) year contractual engagement with the opportunity to transfer to the permanent establishment based on performance. All applicants must complete the ECCB Employment application form, which is available on the ECCB’s Website (www.eccb-centralbank.org).

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE:

  • A first degree in banking, accounting, finance and or a business-related discipline;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in either banking, accounting or finance;
  • The ability to cope well in and adapt to a fast-paced dynamic environment;
  • Strong problem solving and analytical thinking skills;
  • The ability to work as part of a team and function independently;
  • Leadership qualities and excellent interpersonal and networking skills;
  • The ability to manage human resource;
  • Strong self-management skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; and
  • Strong administrative and organisational

DUTIES

The successful candidate will be directly responsible to the Head of the Unit and Department, for the proper performance of his/her duties, which will include:

  1. Assist in the development of the ECCU Payment System by undertaking relevant research on issues and monitoring events relating to payment systems:
    • Review, research, interpret and evaluate data from questionnaires, templates and other payment system related documents to ensure its accuracy and make appropriate recommendations.
    • Design survey forms/templates intended to capture pertinent payment system data.
    • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to identify emerging payment system trends, risks, and report accordingly.
    • Actively research payment system developments in the global community and particularly in the ECCU region.
    • Ascertain trends and developments through the collection of data and information and prepare periodic reports to inform policy decisions.
    • Engage in constant dialogue with internal and external stakeholders and partners in the payment systems environment.
  1. Propose arrangements for the onboarding of qualified institutions on the Eastern Caribbean Automated Clearing House (ECACH).
  2. Work in close collaboration with the Management Information Systems Department (MISD) to develop and translate a business case solution into systems requirements for the project on onboarding of the qualified institutions.
  3. Review payment infrastructures example Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) and Automated Clearing House (ACH) and inform on developments taking place that can increase the efficiency of the payment system.
  4. Develop rules and procedures for RTGS that are consistent with the legislation, Principles Financial Market Infrastructure standards and in accordance with developments taking place in the payment system environment.
  5. Perform as alternate to the substantive Payment System Oversight officer in instances where the officer is unable to undertake the required responsibilities, in an effort to maintain continuity.
  6. Liaise with Eastern Caribbean Payment Council (ECPC) Working Groups to provide the assistance required in the facilitation of meetings.
    • Actively follow-up on ECPC matters with Council Members and members of the Working Groups as required.
    • Undertake research and make presentations at the request of the ECPC.

SALARY

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications MUST be submitted online ONLY via the ECCB’s Website (www.eccb-centralbank.org) along with certified copies of certificates.

Deadline for submission of application is 31 January 2020.

Note:   

  1. Applicants may enquire of the Human Resource Department to ascertain receipt of applications;
  2. Only candidates shortlisted for the selection process will be contacted;
  3. Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit additional documents and undertake various assessments.

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