U.S. Embassy Hosts First Regional Alumni Program to Further Regional Security Coordination

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados collaborated with the International Law Enforcement Academy in Roswell, New Mexico to gather regional Eastern Caribbean law enforcement officials for the first alumni program. The workshop brought together 30 law enforcement and criminal justice executives from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, to address critical threats and security challenges in the region.

Ambassador Linda Taglialatela addressed the attendees during opening remarks, noting, “These efforts provide a platform for you, as professional criminal justice practitioners, to share your craft and your on-the-job experience […] This expertise transcends borders, cultures, and languages. The ILEA program plays a key role in continually bringing the law enforcement community together, literally across the globe.”

“For me, it is (a chance) for us to forge more relations together as a Caribbean”, noted Ryan Alleyne, Lieutenant Commander, Barbados Coast Guard. “So, all of the islands that are here together will be able to form relationships and build on those relationships… and work on each other’s weaknesses and build on each other’s strengths. And I look forward to working more with each other in this workshop and getting more ideas so we can move the region forward.”

The workshop attendees took part in various advanced-level Executive Development Symposiums on Transnational Organized Crime between 2016 and 2019 at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Roswell, New Mexico. ILEA Roswell is the United States Department of State’s advanced training academy for international law enforcement professionals. ILEA Roswell provides senior-level academic instruction on the latest law enforcement and criminal justice techniques, equipping foreign law enforcement officials with the skills and knowledge to effectively investigate and combat crime in their respective countries. ILEA Roswell is part of an elite group of five ILEAs that serve as important tools in supporting U.S. foreign policy and law enforcement objectives around the world.