RGPF shows strong interest in the EDER© Crime Reduction Framework

Posted by at 15 December, at 07 : 24 AM Print

By Dr. Neals J. Chitan

Wednesday, December 06, 2017 was a day of intense interest and exuberance in the conference room at the Royal Grenada Police Force headquarters, and I must applaud the leadership and facilitation of Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr. Edvin Martin, for what was a rather engaging meeting.

In May of this year, I received an official letter from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Security in Grenada, requesting a meeting with the Police Commissioner of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) to discuss my March 29th published article “Putting the pieces of the puzzle together in SKN.” This article discussed a well-rounded approach undertaken by the Ministry of National Security of St. Kitts-Nevis in an attempt to curb the rising tide of homicides in the twin-island Federation and furthermore, showcased our copyrighted EDER© Four Dimensional Crime Reduction Framework as our part of the puzzle, adopted as the national crime reduction framework by the government.

I must admit that receiving such a request from my homeland tugged hard on my heart string, and I felt like dropping all I was doing to respond immediately. However, I was a committed and integral part of St. Kitts-Nevis crime reduction strategy from June 2017 to June 2018, and responded with my next available date, December 06, 2017 when I was booked to be the guest speaker at the Anglican High School graduation in Grenada.

And here I stood on December 06, 2017 in the conference room of the RGPF, in front of my countrymen Deputy Commissioner Edvin Martin, members of the High Command and heads of the various departments of the RGPF, receiving utmost respect, acceptance and professionalism, despite the Biblical warning of a prophet being without honor in his own country.

With target focused precision, I dissected the four major tenets (Enforcement, Diagnosis, Education and Rehabilitation) of our copyrighted EDER© Framework, and showed these seasoned high ranking law enforcement professionals how the “method to my madness” fully guarantees sustainable crime reduction at both community and national levels, if the prescription is tenaciously followed as outlined.

I emphasized the importance of a multi-faceted approach to crime reduction and the need to move beyond the outdated “enforcement-only” model into a more community empowerment approach. You see, if we are honest, we will admit that in many countries, criminals’ weapons out-power the police and although enforcement will always have its leading role in crime reduction, if we are to really do anything sustainable in the 21st century crime reduction, we have to temper harsh enforcement with a softer social skill weapon that targets the heart of criminals and rewire their thinking and behavior.

Using our St. Kitts-Nevis model, I showcased the importance of community policing strategies and the building of confidence, trust and honor of law enforcers among the population. I described how our current  Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Community Policing team; visit homes, play dominoes, form community clubs, play sports and run school programs in their quest for improved relationship with their community and the ultimate goal of sustainable crime reduction.  And if the truth be told, these relational seeds planted will in turn bloom into greater cooperation from the community when the investigation and enforcement processes become necessary.

However, I stressed the importance of the missing “diagnostic” link I have noticed in the Caribbean countries where I have worked. If we do not know and understand the roots of the major crimes in our communities, how are we going to reduce them? If we do not identify the roots and medicate them or better still, pull them out, it’s just about time before another crop of crime and criminals appear on center stage in our communities and hold us at ransom again.

After an intense two hours of presentation, questions, comments and rather passionate discussions, among the law men/women present, our EDER© Framework was fully supported and proclaimed an urgent professional tool needed by the RGPF, while fully receiving verbal endorsement by Deputy Commissioner of Police Martin who himself holds an impressive curriculum vitae in criminology.

Again!! I applaud the Commissioner, his Deputy Commissioner and his High Command of the RGPF for their visionary and proactive approach to crime reduction and their acute perception in recognizing and identifying a relevant change agent through Motiv-8 For Change International and our EDER©-Four Dimensional Crime Reduction Framework.

In my professional capacity as International Social Skill Consultant, Crime Reduction Specialist and son of Grenada, it is indeed an honor and pleasure to work with our RGPF, one of the most credible policing organizations I have met thus far, and hereby pledge my highest level of professionalism, assistance and expertise as we move forward with negotiations to make a powerful and positive impact on the social landscape of our Spice Homeland in 2018.

As 2017 comes to an end, I join the government and people of St. Kitts-Nevis in celebrating to date, the 30% drop in homicide rate we have achieved and pray that the “Peace on Earth” that was announced on the hills of Bethlehem 2000 years ago will permeate the crime ridden communities of the Caribbean and pull men together rather than apart while warming their hearts with love and respect for each other.

Merry Christmas to all!!

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