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IMPACT Justice Provides Training in Mediation for Belize Police Officers

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, November 25, 2016

Some 36 police officers of varying ranks are set to receive training in mediation under the Canadian Government-funded, Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project. IMPACT Justice is a five-year regional justice sector reform project which is being implemented from within the Caribbean Law Institute Centre, UWI, Cave Hill Campus.

The 40-hour mediation workshop is taking place from November 28th – December 2nd at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, Belize City. It will commence with an Opening session on November 28th at which Mr. Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police, will deliver remarks on behalf of the Belize Police Department. Prof. Velma Newton, Regional Project Director of IMPACT Justice will deliver a Welcome and Introduction to IMPACT Justice.

The provision of mediation training falls under the project’s broader alternative dispute resolution (ADR) component, the goal of which is to build capacity for and increase the use of ADR as a means of settling conflict throughout the region.

Since the project’s commencement in April, 2014, IMPACT Justice has facilitated mediation training in Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The next step is to assist persons trained in developing systems for putting the techniques learnt into practice.


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