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MARITIME CRIME DURING THE PANDEMIC: UNMASKING TRENDS IN THE CARIBBEAN

Article By Dr. Ian Ralby, I.R. Consilium; Lt. Col. Michael Jones, The Caribbean Community’s Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS); and Capt. (N) Errington Shurland (ret.), Regional Security System (RSS)

Our Partners

Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) worked closely with CARICOM IMPACS in the prevention as well as preparing for tracking of patients or potential patients in the regional response for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). It was during this interaction that the security component was recognized. IMPACS was also designated by Heads of Government as a member of the Regional Ebola Prevention Team which is chaired by CARPHA. It should be noted that at the national levels, IMPACS sits on the Ebola Committees both in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

CARPHA is also part of the grouping which stands to benefit from the Crisis Room Programme funded by the European Union of which CDEMA and RSS are a part and which IMPACS coordinated.

In January 2017, CARICOM IMPACS and CARPHA signed a memorandum of understanding.

Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

Following a long-awaited meeting, Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) and CARICOM IMPACS now have better insight into each other’s mandate, challenges, work plans and proposed collaboration for the future. As a result of the meeting, in-depth discussions take place with respect to intelligence training for CCLEC representatives; sharing of information; access to CCLEC databases; access and enhancement of information collection as it pertains to yachts.

CCLEC is represented on the Advance Cargo Information System (ACIS) Oversight and Implementation Committee (OIC) to provide its input for the smooth and seamless implementation of system.

In May 2013, CARICOM IMPACS and CCLEC signed a memorandum of understanding.

Caribbean Disaster And Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) worked closely with CARICOM IMPACS in the prevention as well as preparing for tracking of patients or potential patients in the regional response for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). It was during this interaction that the security component was recognized. IMPACS was also designated by Heads of Government as a member of the Regional Ebola Prevention Team which is chaired by CARPHA. It should be noted that at the national levels, IMPACS sits on the Ebola Committees both in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

CARPHA is also part of the grouping which stands to benefit from the Crisis Room Programme funded by the European Union of which CDEMA and RSS are a part and which IMPACS coordinated.

In January 2017, CARICOM IMPACS and CARPHA signed a memorandum of understanding.

Regional Security System (RSS)

In 2014 functional cooperation between Regional Security System (RSS) and IMPACS was evidenced through the collaboration of these two agencies on the establishment of a CARICOM mechanism for coordinated responses to disaster and crises in the Region. This was being facilitated through support from the European External Action Service (EEAS).

RSS participates in the Standing Committee Meetings of the Commissioners of Police and Military Chiefs as well as the Comptrollers of Customs and Immigration Chiefs meetings providing insight from a sub-regional perspective.

In December 2012, IMPACS and the RSS formalized its relationship with the signing of a memorandum of understanding