The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will be establishing offices in Jamaica as part of measures to help fight crime and violence.
The offices of both agencies will be located at the Embassy of the United States of America (USA), in Liguanea, Kingston.
This announcement was made by United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis G Moreno, at a forum focused on a report from the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) entitled ‘Dialogues between Democracies: The Future of US-Jamaica Bilateral Relations.’
Ambassador Moreno explained that officers from the agencies will help to train local personnel.
He highlighted the fact that over the past year, 16 courses have been conducted in areas such as forensics, investigating terror networks, investigating cybersecurity crimes and spotting false documents.
“Having the FBI means that if there is a federal crime committed here which affects both Jamaica and the United States, I don’t have to wait for the office in Miami for international affairs to send me agents. Once we have an office here full-time, that guy will go out, train people, and will liaise and exchange information,” he explained.
He explained that the office will decrease the embassy’s reliance on the regional FBI office and other intelligence arrangements in Latin America.
“We will now have our own officers stationed in Jamaica and that will make working with the security forces much easier. We will have more joint operations, more training, more equipment and more extraditions,” he said.
He indicated that the US has invested and will continue to invest tens of millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours in improving the capabilities of Jamaica’s security forces and the judiciary.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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