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22 November 2013

INTERPOL holds advanced training on criminal intelligence analysis in the Americas

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – Some 20 law enforcement officials from across the Caribbean attended an advanced criminal intelligence training session aimed at combating drug trafficking and organized crime activities in the region.

The five-day course (18-22 November) is part of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on Criminal Intelligence Analysis for the Americas, a two-year programme coordinated by INTERPOL to enhance the criminal analysis skills of national law enforcement officers with the goal of more effectively fighting transnational crime throughout the Americas.

Building upon skills taught during basic training sessions earlier this year in Barbados and Costa Rica, the advanced training course focused on the use of specialized computer software and other technologies to produce more meaningful analysis of criminal data. Participants included intelligence analysts, customs officials, and drugs and organized crime investigators.

Hosted by the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), the training session sought to equip investigators and intelligence analysts with the skills to analyse large amounts of criminal data quickly and efficiently.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police of Trinidad and Tobago, Glen Hackett told the participants they must ‘immerse yourselves into the realm of criminal intelligence analysis and explore the possibilities of the related networking with your regional and international counterparts.

“This exercise is about understanding the obstacles that you continue to face with offences related to organized crime, and facilitate the standardization of ways in which criminal intelligence analysis is used,” concluded Mr Hackett.

To develop law enforcement skills with a view to improving security in the region, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development sponsored the INTERPOL course.

“It is through these cooperative efforts that you and your organizations can strengthen your skills to work in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking,” said His Excellency Gérard Latulippe, High Commissioner for Canada to Trinidad and Tobago.

Countries and territories attending the training course were: Anguilla, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Turks and Caicos, and Trinidad and Tobago  

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