Monroe College to Host Caribbean Nations in St. Lucia for Two-Day Symposium on Crime Reduction Strategies

St. Lucia Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony to Deliver Keynote Address during May 22-23 Event

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Bronx, NY (PRWEB) May 22, 2014

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that its School of Criminal Justice and King Graduate School will be hosting a two-day forum on crime reduction strategies in the Caribbean, as part of its first Caribbean Leadership Forum initiative. The forum, entitled “Crime Reduction Strategies and Democratic Policing: Respect for Community and Human Rights,” will begin this evening and last through May 23 at the Bay Garden Beach Resorts in Rodney Bay Village, St. Lucia. The event will kick off with a keynote address by St. Lucia Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony.

The Caribbean Leadership Forum is designed to bring regional leaders, professionals, and other stakeholders together to deliberate on recognized challenges in their communities.

The forum will be attended by senior police officials, criminal justice experts and other human services personnel from around the Caribbean, who will participate in interactive sessions focused on the following five themes: developing protocols for the appropriate use of force, including firearms; effective strategies for removing guns from the streets; police leadership and accountability; constitutional and human rights issues; crime reduction strategies, community mobilizations, the media and civil society.

“The proliferation of violent crime represents a significant challenge to police forces in the Caribbean, as the region has become an epicenter for the transshipment of guns and other forms of unscrupulous activity,” said Dr. Basil Wilson, the Executive Director of the King Research Institute at Monroe, which houses its Caribbean Research Center focusing on issues central to the socioeconomic and geopolitical vitality of the region. “We are very pleased to host this event, which will give local political leaders and law enforcement officials the opportunity to learn from experts, discuss common trends, share their inter-island experiences, and collectively build a set of best practices for developing impactful crime reduction strategies that protect and strengthen communities, and preserve human rights from across the island nations.”

In addition to the Honorable Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, other speakers and forum session facilitators include: Elton B. Mohammed, Chief of the New York City Police Department; Wilbur L. Chapman, former Commissioner of Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Wesley Gibbons, President of the Association of Caribbean Media; Honorable Samuel D. Walker, New York State Supreme Court Justice; Andy George, President of the St. Lucia Bar Association; Mr. Vernon Francois, Commissioner of Police in St. Lucia; and Senator Honorable Victor Philip LaCobiniere, Minister of Legal Affairs, Home Affairs, and National Security in St. Lucia. The forum will conclude with closing remarks from Dr. Basil Wilson and Michele Rodney, Dean of Monroe’s School of Criminal Justice.

The King Research Institute, an extension of Monroe College’s King Graduate School, established its Caribbean Research Center to facilitate comprehension of the diverse issues pertinent to inhabitants of the Caribbean Islands. It maintains a repository of relevant statistical and research information in the areas of business, economics, criminal justice, health, hospitality and tourism. The Institute also comprises a Small Business Center and an Original Research Center that collects and catalogs findings on entrepreneurial experience in urban settings, and disseminates original research conducted by the faculty and students of the King Graduate School. To read more about the King Research Institute, please see here.

Monroe College’s King Graduate School (KGS) for Urban Studies and Applied Research prepares students to understand the unique challenges of urban communities, both in the United States and around the globe, through a focused curriculum and applied, problem-solving research. The school offers four master level programs, including: a Master in Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Science Criminal Justice (MSCJ), a Master in Public Health and a Master of Science in Hospitality (MSH). To learn more about the King Graduate School and its course offerings, please see here.

Monroe College’s St. Lucia campus is home to approximately 300 students from St. Lucia and the surrounding Caribbean islands; another 200 students from the region attend the College's NY campuses each year. The college is actively involved in the community, sponsoring the National School Science Fair, conducting cleanup after hurricanes, and providing free, credit-bearing college courses to local high school students through the Jumpstart Program.

ABOUT MONROE COLLEGE

Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a real world learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation. Monroe College graduates more minority students than any other college in New York State.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu


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