The Opposition spokesman on National Security, said the talks covered comprehensive strategies to contain crime.
Jackson is part of a delegation led by PNP President Dr Peter Phillips which is now in the United States for a four day engagement with civic, political and other leaders across the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri-State area.
With crime at crisis levels and continuing to increase, reaching over 8% higher now than last year, Jackson said international best practices must be considered along with local efforts to address the scourge.
Jackson noted that the nation and the vast Jamaican and West Indian communities in Hartford and elsewhere in Connecticut face many similar challenges and the sharing of best anti-crime practices is vital to the way forward.
“The use of technological applications in crime fighting in Hartford and how those approaches can be applied to Jamaican law enforcement was explored among other things,” Mr. Jackson said.
The comparative successes of their Peace Building Programme, an intervention similar to Jamaica's Peace Management Initiative was also discussed.
“It is clear that shared knowledge can enhance our efforts in crime reduction in Jamaica. I agreed to have further discussions with the heads of the specialized sections of the Hartford Police Department in ensuing weeks," the Shadow Minister said.
Meetings were also held with Hartford’s Mayor Luke Brownie, with whom an undertaking of future cooperation in areas of interest was extended.
- Countries: Jamaica