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.
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.
A key component of the program is to develop community-driven strategies for addressing crime, while working regionally to apply lessons learned and ensure sustainability. The ultimate goal is to identify lasting solutions tocitizen security through preventive measures that avoid problems before they happen. It is focused on:
- Enhancing the capacity of young people, police and justice sector officials to work together on crime prevention. This entails promoting attitudinal and behavioral change through classroom and field training exercises that strengthen justice sector and police understanding of community needs, as well as citizen willingness to support them in daily operations
- Building mutual trust between these groups to identify and anticipate the common causes of crime before it happens. This is done through technical support on outreach and mentoring activities that encourage government-citizen collaboration
The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname
U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)