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United States Announces US$458,000 in Security Assistance for Barbados to Combat Transnational Crime

United States Announces US$458,000 in Security Assistance for Barbados to Combat Transnational Crime

On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, United States Ambassador Larry L. Palmer and Attorney General of Barbados Adriel Brathwaite announced an amended letter of agreement between the United States and the Barbados providing US$458,000 in new funding to combat transnational crime and increase public safety.  The event took place at the Office of the Attorney General at 11:30 AM.   


Caribbean Basin Security Initiative


Since the launch of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) in 2009, the United States has committed a total of US$531,000 in direct bilateral assistance to Barbados to reduce illicit trafficking and increase public safety. This agreement provides US$125,000 to help deepen the professional skills of Barbados law enforcement.  Key aspects of this new project include the purchase of equipment, training, and the mentoring of Barbados personnel by U.S. Government experts.  

 

In the area of Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption, the United States will be devoting US$143,000 to expand the capabilities of Barbados to operate a prison system that is safe, secure, humane, and in conformance with international standards.  The United States will help enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of corrections officials to manage a correctional system that contributes to public safety, combats transnational crime, reduces recidivism rates, and provides the prisoners with opportunities for reform and rehabilitation.  

 

The United States is devoting an additional US$131,000 toward strengthening counternarcotics control capabilities in Barbados.  Under this program the United States will continue to offer training and equipment to enhance the ability of law enforcement to conduct investigations and interdict illicit trafficking.

 

The fourth area of cooperation outlined in this amended letter of agreement is in combating Money Laundering/Financial Crimes.  The United States will be devoting an additional US$59,000 in new funding to increase training, technical assistance, mentoring and equipment for Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs), the judiciary, prosecutors, and bank regulatory bodies.

 

CBSI is a partnership between the United States and the countries of the Caribbean under which we have agreed to share the responsibility for implementing our common vision for a safer, more prosperous Caribbean region.  Launched by President Barack Obama in 2009, CBSI has been the vehicle through which the United States has committed US$202 million to the region to reduce illicit trafficking and increase citizen security.