CARICOM IMPACS counter-terrorism strategy to unveil in Trinidad and Tobago

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By Caribbean News Now contributor

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) and the Commonwealth Secretariat have collaborated to build capacity of over 110 participants from Trinidad and Tobago and over 300 regional participants at a three-day course schedule for July 23rd – 25, 2019 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, under the title: Preventing Violent Extremism Course in CARICOM, the course advances the CARICOM Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

Over 130 persons have left the region to support the Islamic State (IS) as foreign terrorist fighters. This presents an urgent threat that CARICOM governments are continuing to address.  CARICOM IMPACS and the Commonwealth Secretariat has also pledged support to the region to prevent violent extremism and counter-terrorism.

The police, military, customs, immigration, prisons, as well as government agencies, tertiary level academia, NGO’s and other regional organizations will benefit from both face to face and online video instruction, which will expose them to best practices and support measures. They will also be able to use this platform to discuss key concepts, international agreements, and norms. International experiences and regional cooperation in preventing violent extremism is also an area of focus.

The participants will also be provided with an in-depth understanding of both CARICOM IMPACS and the Commonwealth Secretariat counter-terrorism and preventing violent extremism programmes, a key objective of build the capacity of stakeholders to develop innovative responses; while promoting the protection of freedom of expression, privacy, and other fundamental freedoms.

It is expected that these efforts will provide a detailed understanding to manage returning, and relocating foreign terrorist fighters, counter-terrorism financing and prevent the exploitation of social media and digital spaces.  

Funded by CARICOM IMPACS and the Commonwealth Secretariat, this initiative ensures that the Commonwealth Secretariat’s assistance package is in synergy with the CARICOM counter-terrorism strategy. Its members comprise 15 CARICOM member States and five associate States. IMPACS comprises the headquarters which is located in Trinidad and Tobago and two sub-agencies, the Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC) and the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre (RIFC).

Minister of National Security Stuart R. Young M.P., and national security officials discuss intelligence-driven operations and integrated crime-fighting strategies

Substantial to Trinidad and Tobago’s ‘failure’ to stop the ‘ease of killing’ minister of national security Stuart R. Young M.P., meet with heads of the defence and protective services last Friday, July 19, 2019, as well as intelligence agencies to address the current crime situation. 

Failure to stop the ease of killing in Trinidad and Tobago

Discussions focused on the immediate implementation of a number of intelligence-driven operations and integrated crime-fighting strategies to mitigate the present crime situation which minister Young described as unacceptable. 

The minister also reiterated that he will continue to provide the necessary support to all national security agencies, including the commitment to execute their respective remits to ensure a safe and secure environment for all persons in Trinidad and Tobago.

Minister Young together with law enforcement, border security officials and intelligence agencies present, committed to executing their respective remits to ensure a safe and secure environment for all persons in Trinidad and Tobago.

On Sunday, minister Young held a meeting with heads of law enforcement agencies, included Chief of Defence Staff, Air Commodore Darryl Daniel; Acting Commissioner of Police, Harold Phillip; Acting Commissioner of Prisons, Dane Clarke; Commanding Officer, Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, Captain Douglas Archer and their respective teams.

“The meeting was called by minister Young as a follow-up to a meeting held on Friday, July 19, 2019, with the heads of law enforcement agencies, which resulted in the immediate implementation of a number of intelligence-driven operations and integrated crime-fighting strategies to mitigate the country’s present crime situation,” the ministry of national security said in a statement.

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