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24 May 2013

INTERPOL training to enhance analytical skills in the fight against drugs and organized crime in the Americas

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Some 20 law enforcement officials from the Caribbean have gathered in Barbados for a criminal intelligence training session focused on combating drug trafficking and transnational organized crime in the region.

The two-week course (20 – 31 May), organized by INTERPOL with the support of the National Central Bureau in Bridgetown, is part of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on Criminal Intelligence Analysis for the Americas, a one-year programme coordinated by INTERPOL to boost the criminal analysis skills of national law enforcement to more effectively fight drug trafficking and organized crime across the Americas.

The course aims to equip intelligence analysts and investigators from drug enforcement, customs, border and immigration agencies with the skills needed to analyse large amounts of criminal information and to develop accurate intelligence from it. Participants will learn common analytical techniques and how to effectively use INTERPOL’s global tools and services, as well as best practices in international cooperation.

“During my work on investigations against organized criminal groups in Central America, criminal intelligence analysis played a key role in the dismantling of criminal structures,” said the Head of INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau San Salvador, Saul Hernandez.

To improve law enforcement skills and thereby enhance security in the region, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada has sponsored the training initiative.

“Enhancing security in the Caribbean is important for Canada, and we are pleased to support this training initiative. You make this hemisphere a safer place,” said High Commissioner of Canada, Richard Hanley.

The training includes a section on instructor development, where the participants will learn how to design and develop original course curricula and effectively deliver the content to their colleagues upon returning to their home countries. 

Countries and territories attending the training course are: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize,  British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos, as well as the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS).

A second course, to be conducted in Spanish, is scheduled to be held in July.