The Royal St.Vincent and the Grenadines and the Grenadines Police Force has been working diligently to establish and create an effective framework to ensure that human trafficking does not take a foothold in our country. One of the initiatives taken to fulfil this task is the establishment of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit (ATIPU) of the Royal St.Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.
The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit is one of the newest units of the Royal St.Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force. It was established on Wednesday, March 07th, 2012, by former Commissioner of Police, Mr.Keith Miller, and was officially launched on Friday, April 13, 2012. This is testament to the Government’s strong commitment towards preventing and detecting elements of human trafficking as well as prosecuting those involved in such criminal activity.
The office is located at the Questelles Police Station and is staffed by Superintendent of Police, Ms. Ruth Hazel-Ann Jacobs, Inspector of Police, Mr.Junior Simmons and Police Constable Garet Dopwell. The unit also deals with matters relating to Domestic Violence.
To suppress, eradicate and punish incidents of human trafficking and domestic violence against citizens and visitors to St.Vincent and the Grenadines; by enforcing the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act; through awareness and educational campaigns to sensitize the public about the ills of human trafficking and domestic violence.
To prevent, protect and offer a safe haven to victims of Trafficking in Persons and Domestic Violence; and vigorously pursue and prosecute the offenders of such acts.
Official colour adopted by ATIPU
Core responsibilities and duties
- Investigate possible cases of Trafficking in Persons;
- Prosecute suspected traffickers;
- Conduct training sessions for law enforcement, government and non-governmental agencies/departments;
- Inform the general public through awareness campaigns about Trafficking in Persons;
- Submit annual reports to the Minister of National Security on all pertinent matters concerning Trafficking in Persons.
The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit
Questelles Police Stations