He made it clear that United States government has infused a significant amount of funds to aid the Caribbean in the fight against illegal drug trafficking.
He outlined that in November last year, it was announced that the United States would allocate US$10 million to upgrade the avionics and communications of the RSS Air Wing, whose two C-26 aircraft were initially donated by the United States in 1999.
He disclosed that the United States Government was allotting another US$450,000 in new funds to provide polygraph capabilities to RSS nations, including St. Kitts and Nevis, so that members of their law enforcement agencies can become fully trained polygraphers and serve as part of an RSS polygraph corps.
This will provide sustainability to RSS member nations for ongoing (and urgently needed) vetting capabilities essential to preventing and rooting out corruption, he told delegates from 22 countries, meeting in St. Kitts this week.
Greaney said the United States is also allocating US$1.5 million in new funds to expand the capacity of RSS nations to help make prisons and correctional centres safe, secure, humane, and in accordance with international standards.
“We will provide mentoring as well as equipment and training for corrections officials,” said the United States diplomat.
The American Government is to delivering two interceptor boats to each of the OECS countries, as well as communications upgrades for all RSS nations, beginning this spring. This package is valued at approximately US$14 million.
“We are not neglecting the youth side of the problem. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is implementing an agreement with the OECS Secretariat to strengthen juvenile justice systems by improving the legal and regulatory framework and building awareness in civil society, among other things,” said Mr. Greaney.
He also revealed that all our agencies – the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Diplomatic Security’s office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance (DS-ATA), the Department of Defence (DOD), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), are conducting ongoing training and exchange programs for your law enforcement and security