Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname




The Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP)

The Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP), which is funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), is working with police, government ministries and civil society organizations on social crime prevention for at-risk youth. 

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

Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago

In 2014, PADF hosted RAPP Program Facilitator Accreditation workshops in conjunction with The Bahamas Royal Bahamas Police Force and Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of National Security and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS). The goal of this training is to enhance participants’ skills, knowledge and abilities to collaborate with and instill confidence among youth who are atrisk for aggressive and/or criminal behavior. 

As part of this process, participants use the RAPP curriculum, a powerful crime prevention tool, which seeks to prevent and reduce levels of youth violence and crime by empowering community police officers and emphasizing community cohesiveness in the development of action plans.

This accreditation process is intended to prepare leaders to mentor, educate and encourage others working with young people to take concrete actions that improve the future of the next generation. The training provides an opportunity for participants to exchange experiences and discuss theoretical frameworks on social crime prevention, root causes of youth crime and violence, gangs, organized crime, domestic violence, communication and action plans to address these issues. 

Ultimately, this program will prepare participants to lead up to five-day long courses in crime prevention on a variety of topics covered in the instructor’s manual and participant handbook and serve as agents of change in the promotion of concrete crime prevention techniques through use of action plans in targeted areas.  

The program also engages participants in hands-on active learning, where they can have opportunities to practice what they study through group work, presentations, role-play and mock teaching sessions. In addition, they develop action plans that can be implemented within their jurisdictions.  

Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname

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