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Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre
REGIONAL DRUG TRAINING CENTRE
Principal Director of REDTRAC, Bertram Millwood, told JIS News that the workshop, funded by the EU's European Development Fund (EDF), will review trends and strategies of drug production and trafficking, both nationally and regionally.
"It's a worldwide problem, and we're going to have to have a worldwide focus on it," Mr. Millwood stated. He said that the programme will be looking at how forensic evidence can play a greater role in drug interdiction, and the crucial role it plays in the chain of evidence in drug trafficking. "As senior officers, they need to manage the preparation of cases and the presentation before Court. So, we'll be having senior officers from the Office of the Director Public Prosecution to look at the weaknesses and strengths in the preparation of files, and how they can improve these sorts of things," he added.
Director/Principal of the Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre, Bertram Millwood said the graduates would now be better able to execute drug law enforcement interdictions. "They will be better equipped to carry out their financial investigations in terms of the Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering Acts across the Caribbean," he told JIS News.The persons selected were already engaged in the field, particularly in the area of money laundering."We are strengthening the capability of officers involved in drug law enforcement, in respect of the techniques to be used, making them more effective in their general operations," Mr. Millwood pointed out. The participants were taken from the rank of Inspector up to Superintendent for the Police.For the Military, the persons were drawn from the rank of Captain, and for Customs, they were invited from the Management and Supervisory levels.
HEAD OF THE REGIONAL DRUG TRAINING CENTRE, BERTRAM MILLWOOD STRONGLY FEELS A UNITED APPROACH IS NEEDED TO SOLVE JAMAICA'S CRIME PROBLEM.HE SAID MUCH OF JAMAICA'S NEGATIVE SIDE COMES FROM A LACK OF POSITIVE GUIDANCE IN THE HOMES AND COMMUNITIES OF MANY DELINQUENTS.MR. MILLWOOD WHO WAS SPEAKING AT A RECENT LUNCHEON OF THE KIWANIS CLUB OF DOWNTOWN KINGSTON ARGUED THAT JAMAICA LACKS RESPECT, COURTESY AND DISCIPLINE; FACTORS NECESSARY FOR SOCIAL PROGRESSION.HE ADDED THAT WAYS SHOULD BE SOUGHT TO REGAIN RESPECT FOR PIVOTAL INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS THE SCHOOL, THE HOME AND LAWS OF THE LAND.HOWEVER HE NOTED THAT THERE IS NO GIANT STEP TO POSITIVE ACHEIVEMENT. THE PARENTS OF 15 YEAR OLD SHARIANNE WRIGHT NEEDS THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN FINDING HER.OUR NEWSTEAM WAS TOLD THAT SHARIANNE HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE OCTOBER 20 FROM HER HOME IN NEW FOREST DISTRICT MANCHESTER.SHE IS OF DARK COMPLEXION, MEDIUM BUILD AND ABOUT 4 FEET 2 INCHES TALL.SHE WAS LAST SEEN DRESSED IN BLUE JEANS PANTS, A BLACK SHIRT, A GREEN JACKET AND MULTI-COLOURED SANDALS.PERSONS KNOWING THE WHEREABOUTS OF SHARIANNE WRIGHT ARE BEING ASKED TO CONTACT HER MOTHER, CHARM SMITH AT 467-1761, THE NEAREST POLICE STATION OR 119.
Principal Director of the Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre (REDTRAC), Bertram Millwood (left) outlines aspects of the anti-narcotics investigation training course to Caribbean Community (Caricom) Representative Beverley Reynolds following the opening ceremony of a workshop at REDTRAC headquarters in Twickenham Park, St Catherine on Monday.
"A variety of legitimate chemicals are used in producing drugs, and keeping them out of the hands of drug traffickers can make a significant dent in the drug trade," said Bertram Millwood, director principal of the Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre.He was speaking at the graduation ceremony at the facility in Twickenham Park, St Catherine.Millwood informed the graduating class that the international drug trade is a US$400 billion-a-year industry that dwarfs the economies of Caribbean nations, and is fuelling crime and corruption."There is no country today in the world that, by itself, can challenge the scourge of drug trafficking and drug abuse," he said.He added, however, that courses such as the one offered by the regional training centre would enable police and customs officers to detect circumstances where chemical imports and inventories are beyond what's needed for legitimate purposes.Participants, he explained, "are exposed to all the various chemicals, which are used to make drugs, and they learn about how the drugs are manufactured".