The Regional Security System (RSS) is particularly concerned about the number of small arms entering its jurisdictions, the organisation’s Executive Director has disclosed.
Captain Errington Shurland was on Monday addressing a three week training course on maritime operations and planning being held at the Barbados Coast Guard headquarters.
Twenty-two officers drawn from the police and defence forces of Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Grenada and Dominica are attending.
According to Barbados Today, the RSS Executive Director told the gathering that human trafficking and drug trafficking are on the increase.
“We recognize that this is something we have to deal with in terms of a collective strategy and national strategy,” Shurland said.
Shurland noted that the RSS had just embarked on a project with the European Union (EU) that aims to enhance the capabilities of law enforcement and border security personnel, and augment existing projects in correctional facilities that rehabilitate drug offenders and provide them with alternative skills.
The current course is one of a series that will also include training in drug prosecution; leadership and management for senior and middle management of customs, immigration, police, correctional facilities and defence forces; as well as crime scene technician courses for staff of criminal investigation departments.