Tradewinds focuses on internal security

MyVueNews Staff-writer

Members of the Regional Security System from multiple Caribbean nations participated in riot control drills at Her Majesty’s Prison in Basseterre, St. Kitts, as part of Tradewinds 2015.

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 22nd March, 2018 ( – Better collaboration tactics between the Police and the Defence Force are what officials here hope for, when St. Kitts and Nevis hosts phase 1 of Tradewinds 2018.

According to Captain Kayode Sutton of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF) and Lead Planner for Tradewinds 2018, the focus of this year’s regional training will be on internal security.

Captain Sutton said, “Based on the programmes that we put together for training, it is to fine tune our skills sets, our operating standards so that we can take out the best practices from all the participating nations and the major key players.”

The 4th to 12th June Tradewinds exercise will include countries of the Caribbean Community, the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Speaking about what the federation will gain, Sutton said, “For St. Kitts and Nevis, we will be able to fine tune our skills sets; we will be able to learn better collaboration tactics that can be utilized within the Defence and Police Forces and we also will be able to network with the regional and international agencies.”

Sutton continued, “We will also get exposure to some new tools and tricks of the trade… so that we can better deal with our internal securities, because most of the Caribbean Islands have similar challenges, so this is going to help us as a region.

Phase one of the training, which is slated for St. Kitts and Nevis, will involve training of all of the security forces and partner nations, synchronising their skills and tactics, which will prepare them for successful execution during phase two in the Bahamas.

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