A rigourous six-month training programme intended to strengthen Guyanese port security and container control concluded this week with 14 graduates from the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Revenue Authority, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit, the Maritime Administration Department, and the Guyana Defence Force.
Funding for the training was provided through the US Department of State’s office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) Container Control Program, and the World Customs Organization.
Guyana Standard understands that this training provided the tools to strengthen container security protocols and increase knowledge of narcotics smuggling typologies.
“The techniques we have learned in this training we will introduce into our current container inspection protocols”, said one of the participants from CANU.
UNODC’s Container Control Programme works worldwide to promote legitimate trade by enhancing container screening capacities. It provides training, equipment, and access to communications data and tools from the World Customs Organization.
Additionally, this programme is part of the ongoing commitment by the United States to combat crime, enhance Guyanese law enforcement professionalization, and improve regional security.