|Region’s police join forces in fight against illegal drugs|
|Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:22|
Police are stepping up their fight against illegal drugs in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Officers are now sharing more information and intelligence than ever before with forces throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
The increased interaction comes after two officers from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force attended a major conference organised by the Centre for Drug Intelligence.
Sgt. Nigel Gilkes and Victor Jepson travelled to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic where they exchanged thoughts, ideas and strategies with other drug-busting experts.
“The conference was organized by the Centre for Drug Intelligence and Drug Enforcement Administration,” Gilkes explained, “and was designed for Caribbean, Central and South American drug law enforcement officers to meet and get acquainted with each other.
“The reason for this was to improve our contact base, share information about new trends of drug trafficking and concealment, and to give the opportunity for each participant to speak about the drug situations in their respective countries.
“By doing so, it has enabled us to pick up some very valuable intelligence and information which we shall now put into practice to further safeguard the TCI from the perils of illegal drugs and the problems associated with them.”
Fighting the import, sale and use of illegal drugs in the TCI remains extremely high on the list of priorities for the police.
“Illegal drugs are sadly a major issue all over the world, and while it’s not a huge problem here in the TCI, we cannot afford to be complacent,” said Deputy Commissioner Brad Sullivan.
“Conferences such as these are valuable in terms of sharing information and ideas with fellow police forces in the region who, like us, are determined to stamp out the import, the dealing of and use of, illegal drugs and substances.
“The RTCI Police are totally committed to this and officers will be undertaking advanced training at every possible opportunity, thus allowing us to remain one step ahead of the criminals.
“When it comes to drugs, we operate a zero tolerance attitude and offenders will be severely dealt with.”
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