2020 Trainings

Building Member State Capacity

CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) is undertaking its mandate of capacity building in the Region. In 2020, CARICOM IMPACS delivered training and partnered with several International and Regional Agencies to provide training to stakeholders in Member States, Associate Member States and other partner countries.

Partnership Agencies

The Partner Agencies that collaborated with CARICOM IMPACS during the period January to September 2020, to deliver training to Member States are as follows:

Physical and Virtual Training

In 2020, CARICOM IMPACS has contributed to building CARICOM Member States’ capacity both through physical and virtual trainings and workshops. Two (2) physical trainings were delivered from January to March 2020. However, due to the pandemic caused by the novel Corona Virus 19, trainings were postponed. In May 2020, training recommenced virtually using the CBSI-Connect Learning Management Platform.

Value of Capacity Building Initiative (January - September 2020)

The estimated value of physical and virtual trainings offered by CARICOM IMPACS with our partner agencies during the period of January to September 2020 is Three Million, Nine Hundred and Thirty-Seven Thousand, Eight Hundred and One United States Dollars (USD 3,937,801). As we move forward, CARICOM IMPACS continues to strive to offer and deliver trainings to build capacity for development in our CARICOM Member States.

Training By Gender

During the period January – September 2020, a total number of Twenty-Nine (29) training were delivered to Four Thousand and Fifty-Three (4,053) persons of which Two Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighteen (2,218) were Male and One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy (1,770) were Female.

Personnel were trained from the following Agencies, Departments and Ministries:

Training Breakdown

Persons Trained

Department Trained

Countries

Listing of Training Delivered

CARICOM IMPACS partnered with the Commonwealth Secretariat to deliver training to ICT Professionals in law enforcement and prosecutors on Electronic Evidence in Bridgetown Barbados during 27 -30 January 2020. A total of twenty-nine (29) persons were trained from twelve (12) Member States.

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On the request by the Government of Barbados, CARICOM IMPACS partnered with International Police (INTERPOL), International Office for Migration (IOM) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to develop and deliver a country-specific training for Officers in the Criminal Justice System in Barbados.  The training was delivered over the period 09 – 13 March 2020 to thirty-three participants from departments such as the office of the Attorney General, Immigration, Customs, Police, Military and Office of Director of Prosecutions.

CARICOM IMPACS in collaboration with Caribbean Public Health Association (CARPHA) delivered training to frontline officers on measures to protect themselves in the line of duty during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The training was hosted on the CBSI-Connect Learning Platform and delivered over two periods, 07 May 2020 and 13 July 2020.

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CARICOM IMPACS partnered with United National Office on Drugs and Crime- Global Programme against Money laundering, Proceed of Crime, and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) to deliver a Webinar to Law Enforcement Officers, Prosecutors, Financial Intelligence Units, Judiciary, Attorney General Officers and Tax Offices on Combatting Trade-Based Money Laundering. The two-day workshop was delivered between the period of June – September 2020 to nine (9) Specific Countries and Spanish Speaking and a webinar for the other Member States. The webinar focused on TBML Techniques and typologies to include commonalities and differences between TBML and Customs crimes.

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CARICOM IMPACS collaborated with International Office for Migration (IOM) German Development Programme (GIZ), Platform on Disaster Development (PDD), and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to deliver training to one hundred and eleven (111) participants from nine (9) CARICOM States mainly in the sub-region, OECS States. The training targeted officers from immigration, Customs and Excise, Coast Guard, police and social services. The training was delivered virtually on the CBSI-Connect Learning Platform.

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CARICOM IMPACS under the funding under the 11th European Development Fund delivered training to Prosecutors, Financial Intelligence Units, Judiciary, Attorney General Officers and Tax Offices. The training was conducted over four days with two days in July and the other two-day webinar in August 2020. A total of sixty (60) participants attended the webinar and participants ranged from The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

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CARICOM IMPACS Partnered with Council of Europe to deliver training to Prosecutors and cybersecurity experts in Law Enforcement over the period 16-17 July 2020. A total of two hundred and sixty-three (263) persons were trained from 15 Member States on the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime and experience shared and knowledge gained in areas to strengthen their legislation.

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CARICOM IMPACS delivered training to Law Enforcement Officers on the impact of stress on the mind and body in the workplace and effective strategies to manage the stress. The training was done through a partnership with the University of the West Indies. A total of one hundred and fifty-five (155) participants attended virtually on the CBSI-Connect Learning platform from fourteen (14) member States.

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Three hundred and twenty-five (325) participants from sub-agencies of CARICOM IMPACS and seventeen (17) CARICOM Countries, both Member States and the Associated States, attended the webinar on the operations of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) responses to counter trafficking in NPS and dangerous substances. The webinar covered INCB global operations and counter-trafficking initiatives and a demonstration of the IONICS Intelligence System. CARICOM IMPACS delivered the webinar in collaboration with INCB in two phases, on 24 July 2020 to thirty-seven (37) Analysts in the Joint Regional Communications Center (JRCC) and the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre (RIFC) on 24 July 2020 and also during the period 06 – 07 August 2020 to Two Hundred and Eighty-Eight (288) Participants from seventeen (17) countries

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CARICOM IMPACS in partnership with World Customs Organization (WCO) delivered training to customs officials across eighteen (countries) on strengthening national capabilities in preventing illicit trafficking and smuggling of Small Arms and Light Weapons and related items during the period 11 – 13 August 2020. A total of one hundred and fifty-four (154) participants were recipients of this training.

 

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CARICOM IMPACS partnered with International Office for Migration (IOM) to deliver a webinar on Reception and Reintegration of Forced nationals to twenty-seven (27) border security officers in nine (9) CARICOM Member States over three days, 20, 25 and 27 August 2020. The workshop aimed to foster the establishment of policies and programs to support the reception and referral of Forced returned migrants, through the exploration of procedures, best practices and lesson learnt to assist in sustainable reintegration. The training was scheduled to be conducted in Antigua and Barbuda in April 2020; however, due to COVID-19 it was, conducted on IOM E-Campus.

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CARICOM IMPACS once again partnered with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – AIRCOP Programme to deliver training to Three hundred and seventy-seven (377) participants on Ethics, Accountability and Integrity in Law Enforcement. The training was conducted over the period 16-18 September 2020 on the CBSI-connect Platform. The webinar examined various aspects of law enforcement, including standards of conduct, institutional integrity and potential for corruption and the use of force while maintaining a central focus on integrated pillars of human rights and non-discrimination.

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CARICOM IMPACS partnered with National Centre for State Courts (NCSC) and I.R. Concilium convene two (2) virtual Exercise on Maritime Trafficking in the Caribbean. This was convened on the CBSI-Connect Learning management Platform to CBSI Countries to give an opportunity to strengthen their awareness of legal vulnerabilities in the region and opportunities to work together. The training was delivered on two occasions where a total of fifty (50) participants participated on 28 August 2020 and Twenty-eight (28) participants on 29 September 2020.

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CARICOM IMPACS partnered with National Centre for State Courts (NCSC) and I.R. Concilium convene two (2) virtual Exercise on Maritime Trafficking in the Caribbean. This was convened on the CBSI-Connect Learning management Platform to CBSI Countries to give an opportunity to strengthen their awareness of legal vulnerabilities in the region and opportunities to work together. The training was delivered on two occasions where a total of fifty (50) participants participated on 28 August 2020 and Twenty-eight (28) participants on 29 September 2020.

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CARICOM IMPACS partnered with National Centre for State Courts (NCSC) and I.R. Concilium convene two (2) virtual Exercise on Maritime Trafficking in the Caribbean. This was convened on the CBSI-Connect Learning management Platform to CBSI Countries to give an opportunity to strengthen their awareness of legal vulnerabilities in the region and opportunities to work together. The training was delivered on two occasions where a total of fifty (50) participants participated on 28 August 2020 and Twenty-eight (28) participants on 29 September 2020.

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