Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD)

Counterdrug Intelligence Training School

 

Caribbean Regional Counterdrug Intelligence Training School Initiative

Success in drug control and interdiction depends in large part on the development and analysis of counterdrug intelligence. Approximately 14 years ago CICAD help to establish the Regional Counterdrug Intelligence School of the Americas (ERCAIAD). This training initiative is currently centered in Bogota, Colombia. Counterdrug intelligence officers from CICAD member states in Latin America receive specialized training delivered in Bogota and in member states in the region.

The need for timely and reliable counterdrug intelligence is particularly important in the Caribbean. Here officers controlling drug trafficking are faced with vast expanses of open water, long and sometimes remote coastlines and large volumes of maritime traffic both commercial and recreation or pleasure craft. With funding from the Government of Canada, CICAD initiated a project to establish a similar training entity to serve the English-speaking member states in the Caribbean. A feasibility study confirmed that Trinidad and Tobago could serve as the host for such an entity. With the commitment and support of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, CICAD is working with the National Drug Council and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to put this entity into operation.

Two pilot seminars have already been delivered with the collaboration of trainers from French Customs in Fort-de-France, Martinique and the Interdepartmental Anti-Drug Training Center also in Martinique. A national seminar on counterdrug intelligence matters related maritime narcotrafficking was delivered in Antigua and Barbuda (July 7-11, 2014) with the support of the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP). A regional seminar was also delivered in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (August 25-29, 2014) concerning the computer assisted manipulation and analysis of information gathered during a drug investigation. Participants in this seminar included officers from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia.

Funding is currently being sought to continue with and expand this important initiative, which will be centered in Port of Spain and respond to the needs of member states in this sub-region.

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updated on 10/3/2014 10:53:57 AM