WASHINGTON, D.C – Five members of the Security Forces participated in a civil disturbance training course from March 7-10 in Washington, United States (US), organised by the US Department of Defence.
The course dealt primarily with techniques to handle civil disturbances as well as how to handle and diffuse explosive devices.
The five-man Jamaican delegation comprised two persons from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and three from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Group leader, Major Dameon Creary and Warrant Officer, Noel Ramsay represented the JDF, while the JCF was represented by Assistant Superintendent, Oral Pascoe; Inspector, Morna Loring and Sergeant, Dale Isaacs.
Major Creary told JIS News that the main purpose of their visit was to strengthen the relationship between the JDF and the Washington, D.C. National Guard as well as relations with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and other military agencies.
During the course, the team looked at Jamaica’s capability and capacity in relation to explosive ordnance device and disposal, as well as best practices in both countries.
Activities Co-ordinator for the United States Southern Command at the Pentagon, Lieutenant Tibu Cheh, who anchored the three-day programme, noted that Jamaica needed some training assistance in the areas of civil disturbance and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
He said the US Southern Command wants to build capacities and form relationships with partner nations by undertaking military exchanges. “This first phase is just an exchange for us to sit with experts and talk about what’s happening in Jamaica and how we can help Jamaica to improve what they are doing,” Lt. Cheh said.
He said that another delegation, comprising JDF Coast Guard members, will arrive at the end of March for a similar exchange programme, at New Port News in Virginia.
On Friday, March 10, the JDF and JCF personnel visited the Embassy of Jamaica to call on Ambassador Audrey P. Marks, who commended them on their participation in the programme.
Ambassador Marks expressed confidence that the recent training will go a long way in helping to strengthen the island’s security forces. She also thanked the US Department of Defence for staging the exchange.
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