The Caribbean Search Centre is a joint security venture between the British and Jamaican Governments. The Centre is one of two such facilities worldwide and was established at the Jamaica Police Academy at Twickenham Park St. Catherine in June 2001.
The Search Centre is headed by a Superintendent of Police with the deputy being a Major drawn from the ranks of the Jamaica Defence Force, thus making it a working symbol of the collaborative approach needed to tackle the region’s crime problems. The Centre takes cognizance of the impact of globalization and the region’s thrust towards the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), and have included in its mandate, a commitment to operate on the frontline in the fight against narcotics trafficking, gun trading and other illicit activities.
In carrying out its mandate the Search Centre relies heavily on the use of technology and advanced techniques to search public spaces, buildings, vehicles, persons, and cargo. The Search Centre aims to:
Disrupt Criminal Activities
Deprive Criminals of Resources
Gain Information for intelligence Purposes
Gain Evidence to Secure Convictions
The broad Objectives of the Caribbean Search Centres are:
Equip law enforcement agencies in the English speaking Caribbean with the requisite competencies and to reduce criminal capabilities and activities related to the use of as well as the transhipment of illegal drugs, arms and ammunition and other contrabands through the ports.
Provide training in systematic search techniques and advice to regional law enforcement agencies.
Executing systematic search operations professionally, safely, efficiently and legally without causing collateral damage or disruption to routine activity.