Barbadians everywhere, including Virginia – Rocking the Riot! Caribbean Training in USA if Inmates get Unruly

The St. Kitts and Nevis team and the West Virginia Department of Corrections officer on-site at the West Virginia State penitentiary

The St. Kitts and Nevis team and the West Virginia Department of Corrections officer on-site at the West Virginia State penitentiary

24 corrections officers from the Eastern Caribbean attended a mock riot prison event at the West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia.

Grenadian Corrections officers on the first day of training in Moundsville, West Virginia.

Grenadian Corrections officers on the first day of training in Moundsville, West Virginia.

The delegates, hailing from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, gained valuable professional training by participating in real-life prison riot scenarios and attending a 12-hour certification course on “Disturbance Control and Forced Cell Entry.”

Delegates from St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and Barbados training in small unit tactics with West Virginia Corrections officers

Delegates from St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and Barbados training in small unit tactics with West Virginia Corrections officers

The teams also had the opportunity to partner and train with U.S. correction officers from across the nation.

INL Bridgetown Transnational Crime Specialist, Julie Heumphreus (center) with the St. Lucia Corrections officer team

INL Bridgetown Transnational Crime Specialist, Julie Heumphreus (center) with the St. Lucia Corrections officer team

The training was coordinated through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement’s (INL) Office of Criminal Justice Assistance and Partnerships and the U.S. Embassy Bridgetown.

Barbados and St. Kitts teams after successfully completing the mock riot scenarios of forced cell entry and cell search.

Barbados and St. Kitts teams after successfully completing the mock riot scenarios of forced cell entry and cell search.

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