On November 14, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), in partnership with United States’ law enforcement agencies, launched the CARICOM Crime Gun Intelligence Unit (CCGIU). The launch was attended by the Honourable Fitzgerald Hinds, Minister of National Security; Mr. Shante Moore, Chargé d’Affaires, United States Embassy Port of Spain; Members of the Diplomatic Missions, and Heads of national law enforcement agencies, regional and international security agencies.
The CCGIU will assist regional law enforcement authorities in criminal investigations involving firearms, by utilizing modern intelligence tools and technology. The Unit will facilitate collaboration and cooperation among regional and international law enforcement agencies including CARICOM IMPACS and United States’ agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and INTERPOL.
The CCGIU is located at the CARICOM IMPACS’ Port of Spain headquarters and will work with IMPACS’ Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre (RIFC) and Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC) to provide intelligence analysis on illicit firearms and ammunition. The Unit will support law enforcement agencies in Member States in the seizure of firearms, related parts, and components as well as in identifying, charging, and prosecuting co-conspirators.
The Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) at its 24th Meeting in Jamaica on October 6, 2022, endorsed the establishment of the CARICOM Crime Gun Intelligence Unit (CCGIU) by CARICOM IMPACS, as a critical tool to assist CARICOM Member States in investigating and prosecuting firearm-related crimes.
Featured Photo: From left) Mr. Shante Moore, Charge d’Affairés, US Embassy Port of Spain, Minister of National Security, the Honourable Fitzgerald Hinds, and Lt. Col Michael Jones Executive Director, CARICOM IMPACS cutting the ribbon. Photo courtesy US Embassy.
(United States Embassy-Barbados)