A comprehensive study was conducted in 2010 by UNDP, which looked at the current state of security, and factors that would influence the shift from state security to citizen security. Citizen Security indicators were identified based on data comparability and data reliability. The indicators give insight into the degree to which citizens abide by the law, the state of the institutions with respect to public support and confidence, and the effectiveness of criminal justice institutions.
The CARISECURE project is built upon the idea that consistent collection of these indicators and subsequent analysis would provide policy makers and programme managers with accurate information to inform on security policy and programmatic responses. The project aims to develop capacity in evidence-based decision-making for citizen security, through data collation and analysis at the national, sub-regional and regional levels. The project will focus on three priority countries:- St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and the Republic of Guyana. However, some level of assistance will be provided to Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent, Suriname and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
UNDP will partner with RSS HQ, OECS Commission and CARICOM IMPACS in developing cross-border analysis on crime and violence trends for informed decision-making. It is intended that RSS HQ become a central repository of the data collected on the indicators and conduct analysis to inform on policy and programming. RSS HQ is expected to build this capacity as evidenced by the production of reports on crime and violence. UNDP and RSS HQ are currently having discussions on the development of a RSS Crime Observatory for collation, storage and cross-border analysis of data for RSS Member States.