Po­lice Miss Out On More US Train­ing

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Royal Saint Lu­cia Po­lice Force (RSLPF) is still black­listed by the US State Depart­ment, this even with the IMPACS in­ves­ti­ga­tion and en­su­ing re­port into al­leged wrong­do­ing by mem­bers of the RSLPF now be­fore the DPP and in the hands of the US agency (ac­cord­ing to the prime min­is­ter). On Sun­day, May 31, mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity forces from sev­eral Caribbean na­tions joined the United States, Canada, the King­dom of the Nether­lands, Mex­ico, and the United King­dom for mar­itime se­cu­rity and dis­as­ter re­sponse train­ing at Camp Spring­field in St. Kitts as part of Ex­er­cise Tradewinds 2015. Left out of the ex­er­cise were par­tic­i­pants from the RSLPF.

This year’s Ex­er­cise Tradewinds will be con­ducted in three phases: Phase I will in­clude mar­itime and land op­er­a­tions and will take place in St. Kitts and Nevis through June 9; Phase II will in­clude mar­itime and land op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing U.S. Marines in Belize June 15-24; Phase III, a Key Leader Sem­i­nar, will be con­ducted July 14-16 in Miami for key stake­hold­ers and de­ci­sion mak­ers from the re­gion.

Ex­er­cise Tradewinds sup­ports the Caribbean Basin Se­cu­rity Ini­tia­tive (CBSI), a U.S. Depart­ment of State re­gional se­cu­rity part­ner­ship.

Mil­i­tary and po­lice per­son­nel from 13 CARICOM mem­ber states (An­tigua and Bar­buda, Ba­hamas, Bar­ba­dos, Belize, Do­minica, Gre­nada, Guyana, Haiti, Ja­maica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines, Suri­name, Trinidad and Tobago) will join mil­i­tary per­son­nel from the United States, Canada, Mex­ico, the United King­dom, the King­dom of the Nether­lands, and the Do­mini­can Repub­lic for Phase I of Ex­er­cise Tradewinds 2015.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clude the Re­gional Se­cu­rity Sys­tem (RSS), Caribbean Dis­as­ter Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (CDEMA), Caribbean Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Unit (CRDU), CARICOM (IMPACS), and the Re­gional In­tel­li­gence Fu­sion Cen­ter (RIFC).

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