U.S. Embassy’s Diplomatic Security Service, Regional Security Office Conducts Firearms Training with Barbadian Security Forces

Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy Barbados, Joaquin Monserrate (4th from left) and Supervisory Special Agent/ Regional Security Officer, Robert Gousie(4th from right) at the graduation ceremony following the High Risk Environment Firearms Courses.

During the period May 22 – 29, 2019, the Diplomatic Security Service, Regional Security Office of the U.S. Embassy, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean conducted two High Risk Environment Firearms Courses (HREFC) with members of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) and the Barbados Defense Force (BDF) at Paragon Range, Christ Church, Barbados. The Diplomatic Security Service is a U.S. federal law enforcement agency which develops and implements specialized security-training programs for U.S. State Department personnel and provides security and law enforcement training programs to certain foreign government security and law enforcement personnel. The courses included training in firing from cover, low light and flashlight shooting techniques, “grounded officer” shooting techniques as well as multiple-target engagement techniques. The training concluded with a graduation ceremony in which the 24 participants received certificates for successfully completing the course.

The event demonstrates the United States Government’s enduring commitment to its Caribbean partners in advancing regional security.