FBI Sets up in Jamaica; is Saint Lucia next?
The United States Embassy in Jamaica is to establish a local office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in Kingston. The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis G. Moreno.
Moreno, who was speaking on Wednesday evening at the launch of Dialogues in Democracy, a publication produced by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) argued that the move represents the commitment of the US to helping the Jamaican authorities tackle the persistent problem of crime.
“During my tenure here I was able to convince Washington to give us a fulltime alcohol, tobacco and firearms office and very shortly we are actually going to have a fulltime FBI office,” he told the small audience that had gathered for the launch of the CaPRI report.
He explained that the office will decrease the embassy's reliance on the regional FBI office and other intelligence arrangements in Latin America.
“We will now have our own officers stationed in Jamaica and that will make working with the security forces much easier. We will have more joint operations, more training, more equipment and more extraditions,” he said.
Moreno: "We will have more joint operations, more training, more equipment and more extraditions."