The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) was established on July 6th, 2006 via an Inter-Government Agreement from the 2006 CARICOM Heads of Government Conference. IMPACS has since become the Region’s premiere multilateral crime and security agency, designed to administer a collective response to the crime and security priorities of CARICOM.
CARICOM IMPACS will continue to provide Member States with the necessary tools and capabilities to combat transnational organized crime and address the security concerns of the region.
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)
This sub agency is in Barbados and is staffed by a combination of both contracted and seconded staff/attachments.
The JRCC is mainly responsible for the operations and management of the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), which screens approximately forty (40) Million passengers annually, specifically those entering, and travelling within the CARICOM Region by air and sea ports.
The JRCC will also house the Advance Cargo Information System (ACIS) when it comes on stream. ACIS which will provide Customs Divisions in the Region with the capability to track, monitor and profile cargo prior to its arrival in or through the Region to ensure that both timely and appropriate action is taken by customs and law enforcement officials.
This sub agency is in Trinidad and provides support to Member States in intelligence gathering, sharing and analysis. It is staffed mainly by attachments from individual Member States, who are seconded to this Centre for an initial period of two (2) years. Its current mandate is as follows:
To provide 24/7 support to the Joint Regional Communication Centre (JRCC) in Border Protection and Continuity of Operations
To Collect information that reveals the Plans, Intentions and Capabilities of Threat Entities and Provide the basis for decision
To produce timely analyses that provide Insight, Warning and Opportunity to the Decision Makers charged with Protecting and Advancing the Region’s Interests
To provide Standardised Training and Major Event Support to Member States
To Establish Regional and International Liaisons in Support of the Intelligence Mandate