Canada Announces Support to Combat Transnational Crime


The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), announced $3.4 million in new funding for projects that combat transnational organized crime and terrorism in the Caribbean. These initiatives aim to support law enforcement training and criminal justice reform.

The contribution is funded by Canada’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) and Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building Program (CTCBP). The ACCBP supports efforts by countries in the Americas to prevent and respond to threats posed by transnational organized criminal networks. The CTCBP provides training, equipment, and technical and legal assistance to help states around the world prevent and respond to terrorist activity. These projects will be implemented by the Canadian Police College, the Canadian Commercial Corporation, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Customs Organization.

The following project will be implemented by CCC:

Polygraph Operator Capacity Building Regional Centre of Excellence

Implementing partners: Canadian Commercial Corporation and Canadian Police College
Time frame: January 2012 to March 2014
Funding announced: $705,000

This project will establish a regional training centre for polygraph operators in Jamaica. This phased project will initially support the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Anti-Corruption Branch in implementing its new ethics and integrity policy, and at the same time respond to regional requests for assistance with polygraph examinations. This initiative entails constructing facilities and supplying mobile equipment and vehicles. The facilities will ultimately create a regional hub of polygraph operator expertise, including the ability to train and certify operators throughout the Caribbean. The project will result in more effective anti-corruption operations, more successful criminal investigations and an increased number of criminal convictions in the region, and will deter members of the security forces from engaging in corrupt activities.

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