NATIONAL Security Minister, Gary Griffith recently signalled his intention to work with certain United States agencies and other international partners in the continued fight against illegal trafficking.
The announcement came following Griffith’s visit to the United States (US) Joint Inter Agency Task Force (JIATF) South, located in Key West, Miami, Florida.
According to a news release from the National Security Ministry, “this visit came on the heels of an official invitation from the United States Embassy Trinidad and was geared towards fostering operational relationships with our United States counterparts, and partnering with the JIATF in the international fight against all aspects of illegal trafficking, in the region.”
The release said, “in his meeting with the JIATF South Commander, Minister Griffith stated that a coordinated and regional approach to illegal trafficking must be adopted”.
Griffith also said, it added, that, “today’s national security challenges lend themselves to increasingly whole of government’s solutions that will require structural and cultural changes in the executive and legislative branches.”
The release went on to say, “the JIATF South team noted that there are distinct similarities between the operations concept of the NOC and JIATF. As a result there would be on-going exploratory discussions to improve the capability of the NOC and to ensure that international best practices involving both platforms are formulated for future endeavours.”
“The Ministry of National Security is striving towards strengthening and securing the borders of Trinidad and Tobago via strategies and contingencies involving the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF), the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the NOC. Partnerships with key international bodies such as the JIATF South would further achieve these deliverables,”the news release said.