The Costs of Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean

Posted on 13th February 2017

The outstanding beauty of Latin America and the Caribbean belies the cost of crime in human and financial terms.
Despite having 9% of the world population Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) accounts for 33% of the homicides in the world. The reasons behind this startling statistic remain that of social insecurity and criminal justice systems falling short on standard measures of effectiveness. A lack of capability, capacity, effective investigative tools and police forces that see policing as something that is done 'to' society rather than ‘with’ and for it contribute to this failure within the justice system.
The outstanding beauty of Latin America and the Caribbean belies
the cost of crime in human and financial terms.

Developing strategies and effective plans to reduce crime and provide secure societies requires investment, yet of the countries that need the investment most are often those with fewer resources. UNODC homicide rates for 2015 showed that small Caribbean nations like St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and St Kitts and Nevis had homicide rates greater than 20 per 100,000 population. This is an unacceptable and unsustainable loss of potential. In a 6-year study into the effectiveness of police reform in transitional states undertaken by Andrew Williams Consulting Managing Director Andy Williams MSC MPhil, four dimensions of change were identified as critical in maximising the likelihood of successful justice sector reform. The finding of this extensive research programme identified that security sector reforms were perceived to have failed to deliver the expected outcomes for government and the people of the beneficiary state. Much of the reason for the failure was the lack of work done prior to recommending reform projects or programmes and simply lifting what is perceived to be ‘best practice’ from the donor country.
Andrew Williams Consulting has developed a Multi Dimensional Modelling (©MDM) approach to formalise and systemise the successful work undertaken by its key staff and provide cash poor countries with a solution contextualised to their circumstances.
To find out more about the costs of crime see The Costs of Crime and Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean and for details of homicides globally see these UNODC statistics. To find out more about Andrew Williams Consulting and how we can support governments, police and judicial reform contact us.
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