The UK donated 20 computers to the Joint Regional Communication Centre. This donation might result in an upliftment of the IT equipment of the organisation. This donation came from United Kingdom Home Office and the British High Commission Bridgetown.
At JRCC, the computers were used like equipment that helps in training facilities. During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, computers are used to transfer the centre’s training programmes effectively.
While handing over the equipments to JRCC, the British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Scott Furssedonn-Wood, was happy to see that the computers are in operation and they are being used for their good advantages.
CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security has its sub-agency named JRCC, which is in partnership with UK Home Office. These two agencies are being used to assist each other to control the borders in the Caribbean region as well as they both work to support strong security. This also includes an ongoing joint project to support CARICOM members in promoting and achieving a sustainable training programme regarding intelligence skills for front line law enforcement officers who deal with immigration threats to the border.
CARICOM IMPACS director (Ag) Tonya Ayow said that the agency has currently equipping itself to fulfil one of its initial and most critical mandates of capacity building. CARICOM IMPACS currently is in the process of building two training centres, each with a 40-person capacity that would be focusing on law enforcement training, especially border security and intelligence. The PCs would boost that capacity support and plan for a Post Covid-19 environment.
The British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Furssedonn-Wood, said: “The UK’s collaboration with the JRCC will assist CARICOM member states with developing a strong cohort of trainees, who will continue to build internal capacity and improve the skills of front-line officers across the region. I am pleased that through our ongoing partnership, much is being done to support strong security and border management in the Caribbean region.”