CANADA PROVIDES BORDER SECURITY TRAINING TO THE CARIBBEAN
The Government of Canada, through a partnership between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), is to provide Integrated Border Enforcement Training to an additional 14 Caribbean states and territories (Anguilla, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Grenada, Haiti, Martinique, Montserrat, Suriname, St.Martin / St.Maarten, and the Turks and Caicos Islands).
The training is a follow-up to Canada?s successful provision of Integrated Border Enforcement Training to the 9 co-host countries of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and will provide for the new training of 350 front-line officers and 50 trainers.
Integrated Border Enforcement Training is designed to enhance integration and information sharing among enforcement agencies and provide a train-the-trainer module to ensure long-term sustainability.
A portion of the instruction will be carried out by 12 Caribbean experts that received training under the first phase of the project. Canada?s Integrated Border Enforcement Training was founded on the principles of the North American Integrated Border Enforcement Teams and engages joint task forces across law enforcement agencies to work towards more intelligence-led policing. Funding for the project is provided by the Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building Program within the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).
As indicated by Prime Minister Harper during his visit to the region in July, Canada is advancing an Americas Strategy based on the promotion and advancement of security, democratic governance and economic prosperity. Programs such as the Integrated Border Enforcement Training are an important step forward in strengthening regional security and reinforcing cooperation among regional law enforcement agencies.