On Monday, September 20, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados Linda S. Taglialatela opened the Tactical Safety and Survival Course held at the Regional Police Training Center (RPTC) in Christ Church.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) joined efforts to conduct the weeklong course from September 20-24 to support police officer safety in the line of duty.
Participants include members of the Royal Barbados Police Force, who will receive tactical gear and lifesaving medical equipment as part of the program. Ambassador Taglialatela said the training represented just one facet of ongoing U.S.-Barbados security cooperation. She said, “The U.S. Embassy will continue to collaborate with regional law enforcement partners in many ways. This includes providing training opportunities at our International Law Enforcement Academy and via ongoing professional collaboration with U.S. law enforcement agencies.”
Barbados Deputy Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce as well as Deputy Commandant of the Regional Police Training Center Christine Stamford also attended the ceremony.