Despite a population of just 1.3 million, the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago has more than 100 gangs. It also has the tenth highest murder rate in the world, according to the United Nations. PADF is partnering with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to prevent crime before it happens through community outreach. The Resistance and Prevention Program, or RAPP, is active in Trinidad, The Bahamas and Suriname.
The program designed a custom curriculum to train police officers, justice officials, social workers and educators to work together to address the causes of crime. The program has reached more than 8,000 people in three countries through its accreditation course, outreach programs and events.
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