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Crime Stoppers Trinidad and Tobago hosted the 37th Crime Stoppers International (CSI) Conference between October 2 and October 5, 2016 at the Trinidad Hilton and Conference Centre.
Delegates were present from twenty two (22) countries across the world with representation from each of the seven (7) CSI regions. These included the regions of Caribbean/Bermuda & Latin America, the United States of America, Canada, Europe, Australia, South & West Pacific and Africa.
The local and foreign presenters thoroughly dealt with the subject matter under the conference theme, “Anonymous Reporting in the Digital Age”. Memorable sessions included presentations and discussion on illicit trade and how anonymous reporting can be encouraged. The area of illicit trade in tobacco was dealt with by Sir Ronnie Flanagan, Consultant and Adviser to British American Tobacco while Julie Mejia of Proctor and Gamble dealt with similar issues in the personal care industry. Attendees were certainly made aware of the link between gains from the illicit trade and the financing of illegal activity including terrorism.
The delegates were also treated to a taste of the local culture when they were hosted at the Anchorage in Chaguaramas. Here they were treated to steelband, drummology and dance from the St James Police Youth Club, parang music from Gervais Mello Strings Parang Band and a range of soca items from Shurwayne Winchester.
Crime Stoppers Trinidad and Tobago was also the proud recipient of two awards for its community category during the awards presentations. These included the “Best Television Public Service Announcement” and the “Best Radio Public Service Announcement”.
Delegates to the 37th CSI conference all expressed satisfaction after having participated in the forum. We look forward to the 38th CSI conference to be held in 2017.