CariSECURE launched National Task Force in Suriname to Strengthen Data-driven Crime Prevention

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Under the scope of UNDP’s CariSECURE Project, the government of Suriname launched a National Task Force to improve how law-enforcement agencies use data for violence and crime prevention policy making.

The eight-member Task Force was announced on February 12 and the Task Force includes staff from Suriname’s Police Department, Prison Department, Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Justice and Police.

Following the launch, the Task Force and other delegates reviewed CariSECURE’s Caribbean Citizen Security Toolkit and tailored its components to the crime and violence prevention needs of Suriname. Key instruments of the Toolkit include a Terms of Reference, Data Sharing Agreement and Guidance Note.

“The establishment of the CariSECURE National Task Force is a crucial step to improving citizen security in Suriname,” said Mr. Del Mistro. “By working together to implement evidence-based decision-making tools in their agencies, the Task Force will play a key role to ensure that policy-makers are equipped with the information they need to target crime from where it starts.”

It is expected that by 2020 project countries, including Suriname, will be using evidence-based decision making to develop and approve policies and programmes supported with national budgetary allocations, which effectively target crime and violence risk factors, thereby contributing to the reduction of crime and violence in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.


CariSECURE represents a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UNDP, made possible through the generous support of the American People.