Published On: Tue, Nov 26th, 2013

INTERPOL Programme Encourages Cooperation Among Regional Law Enforcement and Security Bodies

CaricomCARICOM IMPACS, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad Cooperation and Collaboration were the emerging themes at the recent Opening Ceremony for the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) Advanced Criminal Intelligence Analysis Training Course held at the Courtyard Marriot in Port of Spain, on November 18, 2013.

Hosted by the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) from 18-22 November, this was the third phase in a series of training initiatives coordinated by INTERPOL’s Capacity Building Programme on Organised Crime for the Americas, and funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP).

The programme was declared open by Mr. William Lippert of INTERPOL, who noted that, “Criminal Intelligence Analysis makes the work of investigators and policy makers more efficient and effective, in an environment where resources are always constrained for both financial and human resources. Criminal analysis will optimize the use of available resources and focus them on collecting additional information by targeting key suspects and groups.”

During the week long training twenty-two (22) participants, representing fifteen (15) countries from law enforcement and other security agencies across the Region, were exposed to tools intended to  build capacity in their respective agencies, aid in the timely delivery of actionable intelligence to assist in their criminal investigations and ultimately  enhance cooperation among regional crime fighting and security bodies. Participants were encouraged by IMPACS representative Mr. Hayden Exeter, to form working relationships such that upon returning to their home state they would have strengthened their regional and international network and created relationships that would foster greater interstate cooperation.

High Commissioner for Canada, His Excellency Gérard Latulippe, in his remarks observed that “transnational organized crime and drug trafficking continue to infiltrate and taint the fabric of the societies of the region” and that “perpetrators continue to run their illicit and illegal activities, ignoring all borders and international boundaries.” High Commissioner Latulippe alluded to the need for a collective response to transnational crime and criminality, noting that, “the most important objective of the course is to improve coordination and cooperation among the law enforcement community and research in the region as a whole.”

In delivering the feature address on behalf of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service which also provided logistical support to the training, Assistant Commissioner of Police Mr. Glen Hackett, reiterated the need for closer collaboration, when he encouraged participants to “immerse yourselves into the realm of intelligence analysis and explore the possibilities as they relate to networking with your regional and international counterparts.” ACP Hackett, in his remarks, affirmed that, “the imposing realities of globalization and its effects as a precursor to transnational criminal activity, dictate that if we are to successfully ameliorate the current and expected crime challenges, collaboration must include international sovereignties and law enforcement agencies.”

 

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