Jamaica hosts second INTERPOL programme to enhance fight against drugs and organized crime in the Americas

INTERPOL on February 9, 2012 released the following:

“KINGSTON, Jamaica – The second session of the three-year training programme coordinated by INTERPOL to boost national law enforcement’s ability to fight drugs and organized crime across the Americas has opened in Jamaica.

The two-week course (6-17 February), organized by INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate, brings together 18 law enforcement officials from different enforcement agencies in Central America and the Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Curacao, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica and St Lucia) involved in transnational investigations against illicit drugs and organized crime.

“Most of the countries gathered here today are located in the supply chain of organized crime and drug trafficking. We are grateful to INTERPOL for encouraging a necessary collaborative approach between countries and agencies to fight against organized crime,” said Owen Ellington, Commissioner of Police of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, as he opened the programme.

With the programme hosted by Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Kingston, Kevin Blake, said: “Capacity building is one of the most critical aspects to developing international cooperation against organized crime. By choosing Jamaica to host the second session of this programme, INTERPOL has recognized our efforts to strengthen international police cooperation in the region”.

“We have already collected good practice cases from our previous session in Panama as a result of the commitment of the participants. With this training programme INTERPOL is proud to renew its commitment to supporting capacity building in the region,” said Rosinete de Santana Barbosa, Assistant Director for INTERPOL’s Sub-directorate for the Americas.

As part of a combined approach the programme will be run bilingually in Spanish and English. Participants include drugs and organized crime investigators from specialized law enforcement agencies, customs officials, and INTERPOL National Central Bureau officials involved in international cooperation.

Agencies represented at the training include the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the International Narcotics Control Board, as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the National Police of Colombia and the Jamaica Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.”

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