Wednesday, August 12, 2009
In an effort to stem drug trafficking and illegal migration the United States Department of Defence is counting on a fleet of high-speed interceptor boats and training for officers in the Caribbean and Central America.
Currently more than a dozen Bahamian officers are training at Fort Myers on Florida's gulf coast as part of the US Southern Command's three-year-old programme "Enduring Friendship."
So far forty seven million has been expended by the US on two dozen boats and training for the Bahamas, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Panama.
The training involves how to operate the boats and tracking equipment, and on how to detect and chase suspected smugglers.
The programme is aimed at addressing terrorism, immigration, narcotics threats to Caribbean and Central American nations.