U.S. Embassy continues Strong Partnership with Jamaica’s Security Forces through Training

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Trainers, Mike Doyle and Dan Meehan from the State Department’s Anti-Terrorist Agency with Ambassador Moreno

Last week, the U.S. Embassy Kingston’s Regional Security office completed another in a series of trainings for Jamaica’s law enforcement and security personnel. The five-day course trained the participants on the principles and processes used to lead investigations of terrorist incidents.  With their training,  the officers will be better equipped to protect public safety and successfully resolve investigations. The training also included strategies for developing standardized operational procedures for anti-terrorism investigations as well as broader principles for recruiting, selecting, and training personnel.

U.S. Ambassador, Luis G. Moreno in his remarks at the graduation, thanked the participants for their dedicated efforts in serving and protecting the people of Jamaica.  He underscored how our two nations work together closely in security and law enforcement matters to counter threats against both countries.

This phase of the training included members of the Jamaica Defense Force, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Airport Operations Management team at Sangster International Airport, and the Ministry of National Security.

“The course was very informative and provided relevant insight on areas of concern as a prosecutor in terms of terrorism. It also reinforced our knowledge of the management functions required to prepare law enforcement investigative personnel to conduct investigations of terrorist incidents.” Said Suzette Whittingham-Maxwell, Prosecutor at the Office of the DPP.

Earlier this month, donations approximating US$10,000 of first responder medical bags and training kits were handed over to the Jamaica Fire Brigade.

The United States remains committed to provide key assistance to Jamaica to help counter violent crime and transnational criminal activity. Our bilateral security partnership focuses on reducing corruption; increasing transparency and good governance and fostering Jamaican participation in regional efforts.

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