Crime, Gun Intelligence Unit launched in the Caribbean

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Port of Spain, 14 November 2022 – On November 14, the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), in partnership with
United States’ law enforcement agencies, launched the CARICOM Crime Gun Intelligence
Unit (CCGIU).

The launch was attended by the Honourable Fitzgerald Hinds, Minister of
National Security; Mr. Shante Moore, Chargé d’Affaires, United States Embassy Port of
Spain; Members of the Diplomatic Missions, and Heads of national law enforcement
agencies, regional and international security agencies.

The CCGIU will assist regional law enforcement authorities in criminal investigations
involving firearms, by utilizing modern intelligence tools and technology.

The Unit will facilitate collaboration and cooperation among regional and international law enforcement agencies including CARICOM IMPACS and United States’ agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and INTERPOL.

The CCGIU is located at the CARICOM IMPACS’ Port of Spain headquarters and will work
with IMPACS’ Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre (RIFC) and Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC) to provide intelligence analysis on illicit firearms and
ammunition.

The Unit will support law enforcement agencies in Member States in the seizure
of firearms, related parts, and components as well as in identifying, charging, and prosecuting co-conspirators.

The Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) at its 24th Meeting in
Jamaica on October 6, 2022, endorsed the establishment of the CARICOM Crime Gun
Intelligence Unit (CCGIU) by CARICOM IMPACS, as a critical tool to assist CARICOM
Member States in investigating and prosecuting firearm related crimes.

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