United Kingdom to Host Proceeds of Crime Conference in Dominica

YeGon_millionsThe 8th annual regional Proceeds of Crime Conference funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), is scheduled to take place in Dominica from April 9 through 10.

Law enforcement and legal practitioners from the Commonwealth Caribbean region will meet here as the United Kingdom seeks to pool their experience and knowledge to identify the best ways to use proceeds of crime legislation.

Organised and hosted by Dominica’s Financial Intelligence Unit, this year’s conference has 52 attendees from 18 jurisdictions, sharing good practice and promoting regional connectivity and cooperation in taking the profit out of crime.

Taking money and assets away from criminals will provide the opportunity for this money to be reinvested in the criminal justice system; will help and support those most affected by crime and provide facilities for young people.

This conference is part of the DFID Caribbean Criminal Assets Recovery Programme (CCARP), covering the seven independent countries of the Eastern Caribbean, along with Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Montserrat.

The main purpose of CCARP is to help build the capacity and capability of Law Enforcement Agencies, Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs), Public Prosecutors and the Magistracy and the Judiciary, by enhancing their efforts in countering serious organised crime, fully utilising the proceeds of crime, cash seizure and money laundering legislations and making financial investigation, and asset recovery, a key component of all acquisitive crime investigations.

To date, countries who have participated in the Caribbean Criminal Assets Recovery Programme, excluding Jamaica, have removed EC$8,652,145 and currently have frozen EC$38,774,796 from criminal organisations across the region.

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