Coast Guard hosts Eastern Caribbean Coast Guard Commanders’ Conference in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Southern Command are hosting the Eastern Caribbean Coast Guard Commanders’ Conference Wednesday and Thursday at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico.

“It is important that we continue to foster regional relationships and ongoing efforts to share information and best practices with our partner nations, including federal and local agencies in Puerto Rico and the Eastern Caribbean as we work to improve our law enforcement and search and rescue techniques, procedures, and technologies for the benefit of regional mariners,” said Capt. Eduardo Pino, Commander, Sector San Juan.

The conference features representation from 12 Caribbean nations and Caribbean Component Commanders, who are in charge of their respective service’s force, maritime police, coast guard, naval forces and other government law enforcement agencies and representatives who have a clear understanding of regional issues. Among the local and federal law enforcement agencies participating in the conference are the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and their Office of Border Patrol, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and the Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action (F.U.R.A.). Among the Caribbean nations represented in the conference are: Antigua Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Martinque, Saint Martin, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, and Trinidad and Tobago.

This conference will provide a forum and a wide range of break-out sessions for Eastern Caribbean Coast Guard Commanders and other law enforcement representatives to discuss current regional issues and trends related to law enforcement, natural disaster response and port security. The conference will focus primarily on optimizing regional security efforts through discussions on law enforcement information sharing, operational security, improvements in communication, drug threat assessments, individual forces capabilities and needs, and coordination of resources.

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