Law enforcement officers from across the Caribbean have received specialized training, as well as new equipment from the public safety agency in the southern US state of Georgia.
Agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) have also “been asked to send in our experts in the field of human trafficking to carry out training in the region”, Director of the GBI, Vernon Keenan, told Barbados TODAY.
The GBI’s work covers crime scene investigation, death probes, public corruption, and drugs, among others, in state noted for being the eighth largest state in the US in terms of population size.
Agents also use “their vacation time to offer free consultation and advice to other law enforcement agencies all over the world,” Keenan said. The GBI has been conducting the training sessions in collaboration with the Regional Security System (RSS) at the Barbados Defence Force’s Paragon base.
“We have trained our counterparts in Israel, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, and the country of Georgia, and we have found that despite differences in languages and laws, all countries face the same basic issues when it comes to matters of public safety and law enforcement,” he said.
The Caribbean Law Enforcement Foundation (CLEF), a non-profit organization which provides free training for Caribbean security services via the Regional Security System (RSS) facilitated the visit of the GBI agents to Barbados.
“We have also set up a charity here in Barbados, because this island acts as a hub for regional law enforcement in that we have the Regional Police Training Centre, the RSS, the Association of Caribbean Police Commissioners and the US Embassy – all based in Barbados,” said President and CEO of CLEF, David Watson, a 33-year veteran of the New York Police Department (NYPD) whose father served in the Royal Barbados Police Force, stated,
The GBI also presented the RSS with trauma kits to assist law enforcement officers who are injured on the job, containing of compressed bandages and a “quick clot” powder developed by the Israeli military to stop excessive bleeding.