RAPP

Ryan Assing and the Potential of Preventing Social Crime

Ryan Assing, the young Trinidadian who was featured in our documentary on social crime prevention, is still fighting for justice and helping to prevent crime. While he was a participant in the program, Ryan and his fellow students took part in mock trials and after-school activities.

"The experience was very nice," he said. "People saw the documentary and actually know about the RAPP program now."

Despite a population of just 1.3 million, the nation of Trinidad and Tobago has more than 100 gangs. It also has the tenth highest murder rate in the world, according to the United Nations. PADF is partnering with the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to implement the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP), a crime prevention initiative that involves collaboration with law enforcement agencies, government institutions and community groups in Trinidad, the Bahamas and Suriname.

Ryan has finished school, and he's working at a tool store and service center. He's not formally involved in the RAPP program anymore, but the program has left its impact on Ryan and his friends.

"We learned what the justice system is all about," says Ryan, whose brother is still fighting legal battles from behind bars. "We gained knowledge about how the court system is run and how to deal with the crime."

Ryan Assing, his family and RAPP facilitators tell about the RAPP experience and crime in Trinidad & Tobago.

The RAPP program was designed to identify lasting solutions to citizen security in the Caribbean by building trust between police and citizens. Ryan took part in mock trials that showed young people how the court system works. He was also a leader among his peers and classmates. He believes that social crime prevention should have an integral place in Trinidadian society.

"Yes, it can lessen crime," said Ryan. "We need more programs in the community, more dialogue with the youth, more social activities going on. All that could break down crime."

Ryan is still pursuing a career in community organization. He's currently hoping to strengthen his community by working with other organizations that bridge the gap between citizens and politicians.

"The documentary was about me," explained Ryan, "but many people gained from it."  He hopes to continue to be a part of the positive change in Trinidad and the Caribbean.

Conference on Crime Prevention in the Caribbean

Paramaribo, Suriname (June 13, 2017) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) will host a regional crime prevention conference in Paramaribo, Suriname. The event will bring together stakeholders from several Caribbean countries to exchange best practices, tools and discuss challenges in addressing crime and violence.

Since 2013, PADF has been implementing a regional program that uses a community-based approach to reduce crime and violence among at-risk youth in the Caribbean. Funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP) encourages collaboration between law enforcement agencies, government institutions and community groups in Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas.

“Our crime prevention activities have touched thousands of lives in the Caribbean,” says Roberto Obando, PADF Program Director. “This conference is a unique opportunity to bring together participants from around the region to talk about what’s working and what can be improved. Only by working together can we address the root causes of crime.”

To date, the RAPP program has reached more than 8,000 people through crime prevention and community policing programs. The program’s main objective is to build mutual trust between police and law enforcement so that communities can work hand in hand with officials to prevent crime.

Representatives from Trinidad, the Bahamas and Suriname are expected to attend the conference, including senior police officers, lawyers, magistrates, citizen security experts and staff from government ministries including education, national security and urban renewal. 

“We are encouraged by the amount of collaboration and community engagement around reducing crime in the Caribbean,” says Julisara Mathew, Economic Officer of the U.S. Embassy. “The goal is to build on the work that has been done with the RAPP program and continue the dialogue about finding long-term solutions to address crime and violence.”

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on June 13, 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Paramaribo, and will include remarks by representatives from the U.S. Embassy and the Government of Suriname. Some of the speakers are: Jody Witt from the University of Colorado, Andrew Stroude, former Magistrate of Trinidad & Tobago; Catherine DeLaura and Molly Hamm from the Dream Project in the Dominican Republic;  Courtney Brown, from the USAID-funded crime prevention program in Guyana; Hans De Greve from Suriname, and many other scholars and practitioners in the field of citizen security and justice.

The two-day workshop will include discussions on juvenile justice reform, inter-agency collaboration, community engagement to conduct crime prevention activities, school-based crime interventions, youth positive development programs, evidence-based practices to reduce crime and more.

PADF works as a strong advocate for positive youth development throughout the region. Our initiatives focus on employment generation, leadership training, crime and violence prevention and civic participation.

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is an affiliate of the Organization of American States. It was established in 1962 to implement projects that benefit vulnerable and excluded people in Latin America and the Caribbean through the development of public-private partnerships and promotion of corporate social investing. In 2016, the foundation mobilized $95 million, reaching more than 8 million people in 18 countries. www.padf.org

Bahamian Students Tour Police Headquarters

(Nassau, Bahamas) On Wednesday March 8th, 2017, Pan American Development Foundation representatives along with 31 students of C.V. Bethel Senior High School visited police headquarters on an activity tour. 

During the tour, the group were given demonstrations by officers of the National Crime Prevention Office, Police K-9 Unit and Drug Enforcement Units. 

The group was led by Mrs. Charo Morley; country Coordinator Pan American Development foundation, Dr. Natasha Tuletta- US Certified RAPP Facilitator and Ms. Murray Guidance Councilor at C.V. Bethel.

PADF Visits Police Headquarters with Bahamas Students

 

(Nassau, Bahamas) On Friday March 10th, 2017, Pan American Development Foundation representatives along with 31 students of C.V. Bethel Senior High School visited police headquarters on an activity tour. 

During the tour, the group were given demonstrations by officers of the Mobile Department, Fire Department and Drug Enforcement Units. 

The group was led by Mrs. Charo Morley; country Coordinator Pan American Development foundation, Dr. Natasha Tuletta- US Certified RAPP Facilitator and Ms. Murray Guidance Councilor at C.V. Bethel.

DWTonline | Via toneelrechtszittingen leren om op het goede pad te blijven

PARAMARIBO - De Congreshal heeft vorige week tijdelijk als rechtszaal gediend. Niet echt, het ging om scholieren van vijf lbo-scholen die via rollenspelen rechtszittingen moesten naspelen. De scholencompetitie was een van de activiteiten van het misdaadpreventieproject van de Pan-Amerikaanse ontwikkelings- organisatie (PADF).

Dit programma (Rapp), dat ook op de Bahama's en Trinidad en Tobago wordt uitgevoerd, is bedoeld om jeugdcriminaliteit te voorkomen. In verschillende delen van de regio is een toename te zien van (jeugd)criminaliteit.

De rollenspelen moesten de jongeren inzicht geven in het strafrechtelijk proces. En ze deden kennis op over de verschillende functies van alle betrokkenen binnen dat proces. Op die manier leerden ze ook wat nagelaten moet worden om niet in aanraking te komen met de politie. "De jongeren hebben kunnen zien dat er veel meer gebeurt na het plegen van een misdaad", zegt Lilian Wiebers, landencoördinator namens de PADF voor het Rapp-programma.

De scholencompetitie is samen met het ministerie van Onderwijs uitgevoerd. De St.Ceciliaschool (mulo/lbo) heeft donderdag het best een rechtszitting weten na te doen en mag als waardering daarvoor op kosten van het PADF een project over misdaadpreventie ten behoeve van zichzelf uitvoeren. Schoolhoofd Marciano Naarden is in de wolken. "Mevrouw Wiebers was nauwelijks uitgesproken of ik zei 'we doen mee'", gaat hij terug naar het moment waarop de school werd benaderd door het PADF. De directeur zegt er alles aan te doen om zijn leerlingen goed te laten presteren.

Hoewel hij zelf van mening is dat de maatregelen voordelig uitwerken op de schoolprestaties, geeft hij anderzijds toe dat er nog veel moet gebeuren om de leerlingen bewust te maken van het belang om onderwijs te volgen. Wat misdaad betreft, zegt Naarden dat hij in zijn zesjarige loopbaan tot nu toe geen zaken die daarmee te maken hebben, heeft geconstateerd bij de leerlingen. De school moet nog een plan uitwerken hoe invulling te geven aan het project over misdaadpreventie.

Documentary Follows Youth in Trinidad

"East Port of Spain isa country within a country," says Inspector Elvin Reid. "It is just different."

The city's main problem is homicides, says Reid, a member of the Inter Agency Task Force, a division of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

"Most of our homicides are gang related. We have two active gangs in our area of operation. And all this has come about because of what we have called border wars. If you cross the border you can die. You’ll be shot, you’ll be killed."

In the midst of all of this is Ryan Assing, a high school student who wants to work hard and make his parents proud. "I just want to be somebody in life," he says. He faces numerous challenges because of the neighborhood he lives in including finding transportation to school. Taxi drivers are hesitant to visit his area, fearful of gang violence.

A member of the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force, Ryan goes to drill formation after school every day to lead the band in practice.

"What I want to do after school is join the Coast Guard or Fire Service anything to do with right now to do with protect and serve for the country that is my goal."

Ryan participates in the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP), which is funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and implemented by PADF. RAPP seeks to engage communities. The program reaches out to police officers, social workers, government officials, parents and youth themselves in order to tackle the root causes of crime.

"It’s all preventing the younger ones from getting into this position of dealing with crime. If this program reach big, which it will reach big, it will help out a lot because we're looking at the younger ones' future."

 

Building Trust Between Youth and Law Enforcement

Last month, Bahamian students received a tour of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Headquarters in Nassau. The event was sponsored by the Resistance and Prevention (RAPP) program, which uses a community-centered approach to help police and other officials prevent youth crime. 

Funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and implemented by PADF, RAPP includes community programs that allow young people to learn more about the justice system and vice versa. The goal is to build mutual trust between the police, the government and Bahamian youth.

At-risk youth from the Fort Charlotte Urban Renewal Summer Camp participated in the the job shadowing event led by Officer Humphrey Bain. They learned about the Canine, Mobile Fire and Drug Enforcement units and came away with a clearer picture of what police do every day.

Youth violence stems from complex issues, including trouble at home and lack of access to social services, so the prevention involves a tiered approach. “It’s important to address these issues collectively and from an inter-agency perspective,” says Caterina Valero, PADF Senior Programs Director. “It’s also important to change young people’s perception of the police. Many youth think of the police as the enemy, rather than an ally.”

BahamasLocal.com | PADF Sponsored Workshop Equips Community Facilitators

Last week, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), through its Resistance And Prevention Program (RAPP), organized a five-day workshop to train local facilitators on effective crime prevention strategies.

A total of 21 key stakeholders from the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, Department Social Services, Urban Renewal, Ministry of Education, the Bahamas Bar Association, law enforcement agencies and community activists participated in the sessions held at the Bahamas Red Cross headquarters.

PADF Program Coordinator, Mrs. Charo Walker-Morley said the certification workshop provided facilitators with practical prevention tools for crime reduction. “We targeted law enforcement and justice sector officials as well as community leaders who are actively involved in crime prevention to participate,” she said. “As a result of the training, persons are able to go into areas as facilitators for the RAPP program and work as catalysts within the community.”

PADF brought in detectives Mary Wheat and Jason Jones of the Portland Police Bureau in Portland, Oregon to conduct the training. The team identified proven prevention and intervention techniques used to resolve community conflicts throughout the United States and in other territories in the region. Training modules for each session were structured around group activities, discussions and presentations on topics such as “Root Causes of Youth Crime and Violence”, “Gangs and Organized Crime” and “Understanding Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Abuse.” 

Workshop participant Donna Mae Humes, Chief Correctional Officer, Bahamas Department of Corrections, said her best experience was standing in front of the class on the final day and giving a presentation on “Communication and Effective Listening”. “The training will allow me to carry out outreach with female inmates in an effort to turn them away from a life of crime.”

The training comes after a series of initiatives put on by RAPP since the launch of its second phase back in April. Organizers work closely with the Royal Bahamas Police Force to impact urban communities through job shadowing, youth dialogues and mock court trials. Over 100 young Bahamians have completed job shadowing activities at RBPF headquarters, Department of Correctional Services and Bahamas Customs.

“Job shadowing allows young people to see how professionals administer law in the country. It works to build trust between the participants and law enforcement agents. By seeing the day-to-day operations in various agencies, they can interact in a positive way with persons in positions of authority and are exposed to real career options for the future,” Walker-Morley explained.

Last month, the program also collaborated with the Royal Bahamas Police Force summer camp and the Elijhay’s Hilltop Cottage Ministries Camp Extraordinaire 2016. Plans are in progress for the newly certified facilitators to set up community dialogues at venues within neighborhoods where persons can talk about the impact of crime and leaders can apply new techniques from the training.

RAPP falls under the Washington, DC-based PADF and is fully funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. In addition to work in New Providence, organizers will extend the program throughout The Bahamas including Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma, Eleuthera and Mayaguana. Currently, RAPP (Resistance And Prevention Program) is active in The Bahamas, Trinidad and Suriname.

Nassau Guardian | Workshop Equips Community Facilitators With Crime Prevention Tips

Last week, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), through its Resistance And Prevention Program (RAPP), organized a five-day workshop to train local facilitators on effective crime prevention strategies.

A total of 21 key stakeholders from the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, Department of Social Services, Urban Renewal, Ministry of Education, the Bahamas Bar Association, law enforcement agencies and community activists participated in the sessions held at the Bahamas Red Cross headquarters.

PADF Program Coordinator Charo Walker-Morley said the certification workshop provided facilitators with practical prevention tools for crime reduction. “We targeted law enforcement and justice sector officials as well as community leaders who are actively involved in crime prevention to participate,” she said.

“As a result of the training, persons are able to go into areas as facilitators for the RAPP program and work as catalysts within the community.”

PADF brought in detectives Mary Wheat and Jason Jones of the Portland Police Bureau in Portland, Oregon to conduct the training. The team identified proven prevention and intervention techniques used to resolve community conflicts throughout the United States and in other territories in the region. Training modules for each session were structured around group activities, discussions and presentations on topics such as “Root Causes of Youth Crime and Violence”, “Gangs and Organized Crime” and “Understanding Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Abuse”.

Workshop participant Donna Mae Humes, chief correctional officer, Bahamas Department of Corrections, said her best experience was standing in front of the class on the final day and giving a presentation on “Communication and Effective Listening”.

“The training will allow me to carry out outreach with female inmates in an effort to turn them away from a life of crime,” she said.

The training comes after a series of initiatives put on by RAPP since the launch of its second phase back in April. Organizers work closely with the Royal Bahamas Police Force to impact urban communities through job shadowing, youth dialogues and mock court trials. Over 100 young Bahamians have completed job shadowing activities at RBPF headquarters, the Department of Correctional Services and Bahamas Customs.

“Job shadowing allows young people to see how professionals administer law in the country. It works to build trust between the participants and law enforcement agents. By seeing the day-to-day operations in various agencies, they can interact in a positive way with persons in positions of authority and are exposed to real career options for the future,” Walker-Morley explained.

Last month, the program also collaborated with the Royal Bahamas Police Force summer camp and the Elijhay’s Hilltop Cottage Ministries Camp Extraordinaire 2016. Plans are in progress for the newly certified facilitators to set up community dialogues at venues within neighborhoods, where persons can talk about the impact of crime and leaders can apply new techniques from the training.

RAPP falls under the Washington, D.C.-based PADF and is fully funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. In addition to work in New Providence, organizers will extend the program throughout The Bahamas including Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma, Eleuthera and Mayaguana. Currently, RAPP (Resistance And Prevention Program) is active in The Bahamas, Trinidad and Suriname. 

10 Best Practices in Crime Prevention Facilitation

1. Greet your audience by establishing a personal connection. Maintain eye contact throughout the presentation. 

2. Use a voice loud and clear enough to be heard and understood. Employ body language that communicates your ideas visually. 

3. Describe your objectives in the beginning. Sum up main points at the end. 

4. Define key concepts. Provide at least one practical example of each one. 

5. Use support material that complements but does not complicate the presentation (PowerPoint, worksheets, chalkboard). Keep it interesting but simple! 

6. We learn by doing! Include at least one hands-on exercise from the manual

7. Gauge participants’ understanding by encouraging questions and comments. Rephrase the questions so the entire class hears them. 

8. Teach the objectives accurately, and as they are presented in the manual. 

9. Manage time carefully! Break up lectures and discussion at appropriate points. There is a lot of material, and you are likely to need more time instead of less.

10. Download PADF's bookmark to keep the tips in a handy place while teaching.