Turks and Caicos Islands: Homicide

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the homicide rate, and (2) the sanction detection rate for homicide cases, in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the sanction detection rate for homicide cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands compared to countries with similar homicide rates.

Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of the resources tackling crime in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and of the case for specialist UK police officers to be deployed to help the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are committed to tackling crime across its islands, with UK Government support. In response to recent increases in violent crime, overall policing numbers are set to increase by 20 per cent by March 2021, alongside a US$2 million increase to TCI's Policing staffing budget in the next financial year. It is important that any approach addresses the specific challenges that TCI is facing. As part of this approach, the UK Government is working with the Government of TCI to increase their capability to improve sanction detection rates, including for homicides, for example by funding specialist support to the Royal TCI Police Force for specific investigations. Discussions with the Government of TCI on what further support the UK might provide to help the Royal TCI Police Force are ongoing and a range of options are being considered. TCI faces a unique set of challenges and the UK played an instrumental role in supporting development of a new National Security Strategy in TCI to ensure a holistic approach to tackling them.

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