Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2014

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46 Proceedings Fall 2014 creative programs involves collaboration among the Depart- ment of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Bureau of Political Military Affairs, and the U.S. Coast Guard to improve Caribbean govern- ments' capacity to conduct maritime interdiction operations. Maritime Interdiction The program consists of three components: • the CBSI regional technical assistance feld team (TAFT), • the Tradewinds exercise, • the Multilateral Maritime and Interdiction and Prosecu- tion Summit. The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative regional TAFT is a 15-person team, consisting of half U.S. Coast Guard and half U.S. Army experts, focused on establishing maintenance and logistics systems throughout CBSI partner nations to improve operational readiness with existing assets, as a more effcient alternative to buying new ones. If the CBSI regional technical assistance feld team approach proves successful, it could transform how we support maritime interdiction all around the hemisphere, not just in the Carib- bean. The Tradewinds exercise brings together Caribbean police and defense force partners to exercise regional information sharing networks, improve maritime interdiction coordina- tion, develop regional training capacity, and improve asset maintenance practices. Scheduled to take place annually, the 10-day event links the TAFT-supported boats provided via the Department of Defense's Secure Seas program and the regional operational plans and strategies the Caribbean Multilateral Maritime and Interdiction and Prosecution Summit developed through tactical and scenario-based exercises. For example, the Multilateral Maritime and Interdiction and Prosecution Summit provides our Caribbean partners a forum to deal with organized criminal networks oper- ating in the maritime commons and combines prosecuto- rial and judicial capacity to promote effective collaboration between law enforcement and judicial authorities. So the criminal justice aspect of maritime interdiction and security, often neglected in the past, will now receive the attention it deserves. Container Security Because Caribbean drug traffcking is primarily a maritime enterprise, we support port security in general and con- tainer security in particular, via the United Nations Offce on Drug and Crimes' innovative Container Control Pro- gramme in the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, and Suriname. Initiative (CBSI) is a partnership among the United States and 13 Caribbean nations that takes a collaborative approach to address citizen safety and encourage regional coopera- tion. Partners work together to: • substantially reduce illicit traffcking, • increase public safety and security, • promote social justice. The CBSI emphasizes strengthening regional cooperation within the region, rather than having single Caribbean countries try to address the criminal and traffcking threats on their own. To that end, we are providing critical law enforcement tools such as Automated Fingerprint Identifcation System (AFIS) equipment to share fngerprint data throughout the region. To date, the AFIS network is operational in 10 countries and we expect all 13 CBSI countries will be linked by the end of 2014. And, it is having an impact; for example, the Grenada Royal Police Force reported approximately 50 percent of its cold cases were cleared through AFIS hits in the new digi- tized record system. The Regional Integrated Ballistics Imaging Network (RIBIN) is another important tool to share ballistics data. In partner- ship with the Canadian government, we have established three RIBIN "hubs," capable of analyzing and sharing digi- tal images of cartridges collected at crime scenes in Barba- dos, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. We are also creating a Web-based virtual training network, linking police acad- emies in the region to produce and share training content, techniques, and experiences. Additionally, we work with several U.S. government and international agencies to carry out CBSI and develop an innovative mix of programs that combine fresh thinking with what we know has worked in the past. One of the most Two response boats deploy for an exercise, after being offoaded from the deck of the U.S. Army Vessel New Orleans. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Offcer Rob Simpson.

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