Regional Training on Serious Organised Crime for Belize and Trinidad Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 July 2012 00:00

 On 9th July, 2012 a Regional Training Workshop on Serious Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA) was inaugurated in Belmopan.  Sixteen participants from the Police Department, the Belizean Defence Force, Immigration and Customs Departments are attending the 4-day SOCTA Workshop, which is being conducted at the Training Academy of the Police Department, with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  In order to strengthen regional cooperation and the exchange of best practices in the area of criminal intelligence and strategic analysis in the Caribbean to counter organised crime and drug trafficking, participants from Trinidad and Tobago and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) have also been invited.  This initiative is part of a series of training workshops and continued support that UNODC providing to law enforcement in Central America and the Caribbean though the project Santo Domingo Pact and SICA-UNODC Mechanism (SDP/SUM). (SICA is the Spanish Acronym for the Central America Integration System).  This project has the support of key partners of the region in the area of security such as Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.  It is the second SOCTA training workshop (the first for the Caribbean) of the SDP/SUM, the first having taken place in Panama in April of this year involving participants from Panama and Costa Rica.

The opening ceremony was held yesterday morning at the Police Academy in Belmopan with the participation of the Mayor of the City of Belmopan Simeon Lopez, Tracy Hutchison, United Nationals Coordination Officer, Office ofthe Resident Coordinator in Belize, and Steve Thurlow, UNODC ProjectCoordinator and Senior law Enforcement Expert and presenter Miroslav Prljevic, Programme Officer Criminal Intelligence Specialist, UNODC.

As a complement to the Training Workshop, a High Level Meeting will be held on 13th July in Belmopan to discuss the importance of periodic exercises to conduct national threat assessments in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking.