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2008 End-Use Monitoring Report: The Caribbean


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Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
September 1, 2009

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BRIDGETOWN

Background

Post is responsible for the INL-funded program in seven countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Post is also responsible for monitoring equipment provided to the French Department of Martinique. The Narcotics Affairs Agent personally monitored equipment and met with the Police, Coast Guard, Defense Force, Financial Intelligence Units and other officials to review the use of equipment and services provided through NAS funding. Host government officials cooperated fully with End Use Monitoring.

EUM Program Coordinator

NAS Procurement Agent Robert McDonald, (245) 227-4128; mcdonaldrh@state.gov

Inventory System

Upon receipt of equipment, the recipients are required to complete receiving reports which are entered into the inventory database maintained in MS Access.

Staff Member Responsibilities

Robert McDonald is the sole INL-funded employee in the NAS Section in Bridgetown and is responsible for the purchase, delivery and inspection of all equipment and services provided with NAS funding.

Counterpart Agencies

Antigua Barbuda Defence Force Coast Guard
Antigua Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF)
Office of National Drug Control and Money Laundering Policy (ONDCP)
Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC)
International Financial Sector Regulatory Authority (IFSRA)
Federal Crimes Information Unit (FCIU)
Police Training School
Drug Squad

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

There were a total of 1,666 donated items subject to inspection. Post inspected about 80% of the available items.

02/15/2008 - Antigua
01/30/2009 - Antigua
01/15/2009 - Barbados
11/12/2008 - Barbados
02/26/2009 - Dominica
01/29/2009 - Dominica
01/09/2009 - Grenada
01/22/2009 - Grenada
02/14/2009 - St. Kitts
11/21/2008 - St. Kitts
02/06/2009 - St. Lucia
01/28/2009 - St. Lucia
01/10/2009 - St. Vincent
01/23/2009 - St. Vincent
02/15/2009 - RSS -Antigua
01/30/2009 - RSS-Antigua
01/15/2009 - RSS-Barbados
11/11/2008 - RSS-Barbados

Status-Commodities

Barbados

Vehicles-The Barbados Airport Security uses one 2001 Mitsubishi L200 double cab purchased in support of the C-26 program. The 2003 Nissan X-Trail provided to the Barbados Information Centre remains in good condition and is used for surveillance.

Airport Security 
Mitsubishi L200 double cab  1  


Police Information Center 
Nissan X-trail  1  


Communications Equipment-The Sectel telephone and base station at the Coast Guard are working well.

Computer Equipment-Thirty laptops purchased for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2002 were distributed throughout the court system and used daily. Three laptops, four computers, i2 Analyst’s Notebook, four printers, one digital camera and one projector are in use at the Financial Crime Investigations Unit (FCIU) and are in fair condition. Two of the laptops need new batteries. Two printers, a server, scanner and a fax machine are in use at the Barbados Information Centre (JICC program). Three were purchased in 2001 and need to be replaced. The Drug Squad uses one computer and one printer which are in fair condition.

Miscellaneous Equipment-The 22 stenography machines are in need of servicing but there are no qualified technicians on the island and no funding to send the machines overseas to be serviced. The television, chairs, TV carts, A/C units, and keyboard charts are all used daily. The Barbados Information Center has one photocopier which is in good condition.

Uniform and Field Gear- One pair of Night Vision Goggles is in use at the Airport Security. The Drug Squad uses one digital camera and the Barbados Information Center uses one portable scanner which is in good condition. The digital camera has reached the end of its useful life.

Vessels-The Coast Guard has one H920 RHIB in good condition. The 733 RHIB and Boston Whaler are in fair condition.

Coast Guard 
Boston Whaler  
733 RHIB  
H920 RHIB  1  


Dominica

Vehicles-In 2007, the NAS purchased a Toyota double cab for the Dominica Customs. It is in good working order. The Coast Guard uses one 2006 Kubota tractor mainly for hauling and retrieving the H920 RHIB boat. The 1999 Mitsubishi Pajero used in the DARE program was involved in an accident but was repaired and is in good condition. One 2000 Mitsubishi Pajero Wagon at the Special Branch program is in good condition.

Coast Guard 
Nissan Double Cab  
Kubota tractor  1  


DARE 
Mitsubishi Pajero  1  


Special Branch 
Mitsubishi Pajero  1  


Customs 
Toyota Double Cab  1  


Computer Equipment- In 2008, NAS Bridgetown purchased one laptop, one desktop computer, and one scanner for the FCIU. The FCIU uses two laptops, three computers, one all-in-one fax machine, i2 Analyst’s Notebook, two printers, one laptop and one server. Three computers and one multi-purpose unit have reached the end of their useful life. Three computers, two printers, and one projector are in use at the Financial Services Unit (FSU).

Comunications Equipment-The Police Force has one solar repeater in use.

Vessels- In 2007, the NAS purchased two 275 hp engines for the H920 RHIB which is not fully functional. The lower units of the 733 RHIB’s engine are having problems and the Coast Guard is seeking to have them replaced by the manufacturers. The 22’ Nautica RHIB purchased in 2001 continues to experience engine and fuel tank problems and the collar needs to be replaced. It has been determined that repairs would be too costly so arrangements are being made to dispose of the vessel by auction.

Coast Guard 
22’ Nautica  
733 RHIB  
920 RHIB  1  


Maritime Equipment-The 733 RHIB has been fitted with new engines acquired by TAFT and is working well. The H920 RHIB has engine problems but is serviceable. The 22’ Nautica RHIB purchased in 2001 continues to experience engine and fuel tank problems but is serviceable and is used in shallow areas. Two 225 HP engines purchased in 2001 are operational.

Miscellaneous Equipment-One portable air compressor at the Coast Guard is having the wheels replaced as it appears too heavy for existing wheels; otherwise it is working perfectly and has proven quite useful. The Director of Public Prosecutions uses law books and one photocopier. The Drug Squad uses two filing cabinets and a shredder. Their photocopier is no longer serviceable. The FCIU uses a photocopier, safe, shredder, and twelve office chairs. Five office chairs have reached the end of their useful life. One photocopier, fax machine, shredder, heavy duty stapler, binding machine and paper cutter are in use at the FCIU. One conference table and twelve chairs have been transferred to the National Joint Information Center (NJIC) as it is too large to fit into the conference room at the new FCIU office.

Uniforms and Field Gear-In 2008, the NAS purchased 20 holsters, 20 flashlights, four binoculars, one NVG and one camcorder for the Drug Squad. In 2007, the NAS purchased twelve handcuffs, eight drug test kits, fifteen BDU’s, six microcassette recorders, six flashlights and latex gloves for the Customs and Excise Department and Personal Floating Devices (PFD’s) for the Coast Guard. The Customs and Excise Department also uses five binoculars, two spotlights, body armor and one digital camera. The Drug Squad uses Night Vision Goggles, binoculars, a digital camera, traffic vests, BDU uniforms, holsters, body armor, flashlights, GPS receivers, rain gear, handcuffs, weapon belts, ponchos, jungle boots, water bottles, two vehicle camouflage nets, six tents, inspection mirrors and field compasses. The Coast Guard has one handheld spotlight, rain gear, Night Vision Goggles, binoculars, body armor, a digital camera and fiber optic viewer.

St. Lucia

Vehicles-One 2001 Isuzu double cab at the Marine Police Unit is serviceable but used extensively between the Vieux Fort Base and the Castries Base and experiences minor problems from time to time. The Police Drug Squad’s 2001 Nissan Patrol Wagon was involved in an accident with a drunk driver during an operation and has been scrapped. One 2000 Mitsubishi mini bus is used for the DARE program and is in fair condition.

Coast Guard 
Izusu Double Cab  1  


DARE 
Mitsubishi mini bus  1  


Computer Equipment- In 2008, NAS Bridgetown donated one laptop, one desktop and one printer to the Police Special Branch. Two computers, two printers, one laptop and one fax machine are used by the Police Special Branch and are in good condition. The FCIU is using a projector, one i2 Analyst’s Notebook, six computers, a fax machine, digital camera, scanner, two printers and one laptop. One fax machine and one scanner are used daily at the Coast Guard. Two computers and two printers have reached the end of their useful life. The Drug Squad is making use of one computer and printer at their Vieux Fort location. Two computers, one laptop, and two printers are in use at the Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat (SAACS). The Customs Central Intelligence Unit uses three computers, two scanners, one printer, and one laptop. They are in fair condition.

Communications Equipment-Two VHF radios and one base station are in use at the Coast Guard.

Vessels-The Marine Unit’s Zodiac H920 “Go Fast” RHIB is fully operational and in good condition. One of the 275 HP Mercury engines purchased in 2007 exploded during and operation. The 733 RHIB is fully operational and used at the Vieux Fort Base. One Boston Whaler, which is used only or training, is being refurbished.

Coast Guard 
H920 RHIB  
733 RHIB  
Boston Whaler  1  

Uniforms and Field Gear- The Customs Department uses two Night Vision Goggles which are in fair condition. The Drug Squad uses 25 sets of uniforms and boots, one portable scale, two Night Vision Goggles and a digital camera. The Marine Unit uses six sets of dive gear, fourteen sets of body armor, and a fiber optic viewer. All are in fair condition. The FCIU uses one Night Vision Goggles, one pair of binoculars, and three bulletproof vests in good condition. The Special Branch is using one camcorder, one digital camera, and ten sets of body armor.

Miscellaneous Equipment-In 2006, the NAS provided five air conditioning units to the Marine Unit’s Base in Castries. They are in good condition. Five air conditioning units, one photocopier, shredder, four filing cabinets, lockers and folding chairs are used daily at the Marine Unit’s sub-base in Vieux Fort and are in fair condition. One NAS provided photocopier is in use at the CRO. The FCIU uses one conference room table with chairs, four 2-drawer filing cabinets, one safe, six office desks, six chairs, one shredder and two fireproof filing cabinets. The Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat uses armchairs, side chairs, a desk, a credenza, and a conference table. One shredder is in use at the Police Special Branch. Law books are in use at the Office of the D.P.P.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Vehicles-The Drug Squad’s uses one 1988 Toyota Double Cab and one 2001 Mitsubishi Pajero wagon. Both have been extensively used and need to be replaced. One 2001 Mitsubishi Pajero for the Marion House “Right Step Program” remains in fair condition and is used to transport employees to mentor in rural districts. The 1999 Mitsubishi Pajero purchased for the DARE Program has been repaired and reupholstered and is working well.

DARE 
Mitsubishi Pajero  1  


Drug Squad 
Mitsubishi Pajero  
Toyota double cab   


Marian House  
Mitsubishi Pajero  1  


Computer Equipment-The Drug Squad uses two laptops, one digital SLR camera and one photo printer which are in good condition. One computer and a scanner are used at the Community Relations Office (CRO). Three laptops, two projectors, one scanner, one printer, one USB flash drive, and an I2 Analyst Notebook are in use at the FCIU and in good condition. The A/G’s office uses three computers, one server, two printers, one scanner, one projector, and one photocopier. The Police Narcotics Intelligence Unit has two computers, one fax machine and one printer.

Vessels-Two H920 RHIB’s and one 733 RHIB at the Coast Guard are in good condition. Their Boston Whaler is presently receiving repairs to the hull.

Coast Guard  
H920 RHIB  
Boston Whaler   
733 RHIB  1  


Miscellaneous Equipment- One laminator, one binding machine, a digital surveillance and security access system, shredder, television, VCR, digital camera, safe, and photocopier are in use at the FCIU and are in good condition. One TV/VCR and one slide projector provided by the NAS are in use at Marion House and are in good condition. The Drug Squad uses twenty-four pairs of bunk beds and one paper trimmer which are in fair condition. The Police Narcotics Intelligence Unit uses one photocopier which is in fair condition.

Uniforms and Field Gear-Three bullet proof vessels, one Night Vision Goggles, one digital SLR camera, one camcorder, one digital camera, one pair of binoculars and three micro-cassette recorders are in good condition and used by the FCIU. One digital recorder, two vehicle rotating lights, Raid T-shirts, one Night Vision Goggles, drug I.D. kits, body armor, GPS’s, SLR camera, binoculars, one digital camcorder and flashlights are in fair condition and used daily at the Drug Squad. Their Raid T-shirts and Night Vision Goggles have reached the end of their useful life.

Antigua and Barbuda

Vehicles-The Police Drug Squad's Canine Unit is using two 2001 Suzuki vans with dog cages. They are in good condition. The Police Drug Squad’s 1998 Mitsubishi Pajero has reached the end of its useful life. The 1999 Nissan Patrol purchased for the DARE program works well. The ONDCP’s 2003 Suzuki Vitara Wagon is used extensively and is experiencing engine problems.

Canine Unit 
Suzuki Carry Van  2  


DARE 
Nissan Patrol  1  


ONDCP 
Suzuki Vitari Wagon  1  


Vessels-The Coast Guard’s H920 RHIB is working well. Their 733 RHIB needs a new collar. Two Boston Whalers are in out-of-commission and not cost-effective to repair.

Coast Guard 
H920 RHIB  
733 RHIB  1  


Miscellaneous Equipment-The ONDCP uses four stationery storage cabinets, nineteen desks and chairs, and two fireproof filing cabinets.

Uniforms and Field Gear- In 2008, NAS Bridgetown donated one pair of Night Vision Goggles to the Drug Squad. One pair of Night Vision Goggles is in use at the Antigua Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF). The Drug Squad uses one portable scale, portable scanners, cameras, binoculars, micro cassette recorders and handcuffs. Two portable scanners have reached the end of their useful life. The Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Police (ONDCP) uses a portable scale, body armor, portable scanners, camera equipment, a camcorder, flashlights, binoculars, Night Vision Goggles and rechargeable spotlights, and micro cassette recorders. The Coast Guard uses a NAS-provided digital camera.

Computer Equipment-The Financial Services Regulatory Commission uses nine laptops. The Police Training School uses one projector. Four laptops are in use at the Financial Service Regulatory Commission. Two laptops have reached the end of their useful life. The International Financial Sector Regulatory Authority (IFSRA) uses 14 computers, two servers, one network printer and one scanner. The ONDCP equipment includes 24 computers, three printers, a projector, three i2 Analyst’s Notebooks, two servers, a plotter, four scanners and four printers. One projector was damaged due to a power surge and cannot be repaired. The Defense Force uses one laptop. The Drug Squad uses one projector.

St. Kitts

Vehicles-The Nevis Task Force uses one 2001 Toyota double cab. The St. Kitts Drug Squad’s uses one 1996 Jeep Cherokee. Their 1998 Mitsubishi mini van has reached the end of its useful life and has been replaced by the Police Credit Union. The 1999 Mitsubishi mini bus provided to the DARE program remains in good condition.

Nevis Task Force 
Toyota Double Cab   1  


St. Kitts Drug Squad 
Jeep Cherokee   1  


DARE Program 
Mitsubishi Van   1  


Miscellaneous Equipment-One air conditioning unit is in use at the National Joint Headquarters (NJHQ). The Nevis Financial Services Department uses one photocopier. The Drug Squad uses six air conditioning units, desks, filing cabinets, stacking chairs and office chairs. The FCIU uses one office desk and chair, one secretarial workstation, one conference table, twelve chairs, three fireproof filing cabinets, a binding machine, trimmer, television, VCR, photocopier, shredder and digital camera. The National Council for Drug Abuse Prevention (NACDAP) uses one television, VCR, photocopier, five desks, five office chairs, ten guest chairs, and a conference table with sixteen chairs, two stationery cabinets and two filing cabinets.

Vessels-The Coast Guard’s Zodiac H920 RHIB needs new engines which are being purchased by TAFT in Puerto. Their 733 RHIB is having one collar patched and reinstalled. The 22’ RHIB purchased for the Nevis Customs is operational.

Coast Guard 
733 RHIB   
22’ RHIB   1  


Computer Equipment-One server, three computers, one printer, digital camera and projector are in use at the National Joint Headquarters (NJHQ). Four computers, one server and one laptop are in use at the Financial Services Department (FSD). The Nevis Regulation and Supervisory Division (RSD) uses four computers, three printers, and one laptop. The FIU uses one i2 Analyst Notebook, two computers, a network hub, laptop, projector, scanner and two printers. One computer and one printer are in use at their Nevis office and two computers have reached the end of their useful life. Five computers, a projector and fax machine are in use at the (NACDAP). One scanner is in use at the Drug Squad.

Uniforms and Field Gear-In 2007, the NAS provided five sets of body armor and one Night Vision Goggles to the Coast Guard; two vehicle light bars, two siren sets, two handheld scanners, one Night vision Goggles, twenty body armor, ten leg irons and twenty handcuffs to the Police Force; seven body armor, two digital cameras, thirteen handcuffs, one NVG, four binoculars, and 39 sets of BDU’s to the Drug Squad. The Drug Squad uses a camcorder, handcuffs, two portable scales (one in Nevis) and a digital camera. The Nevis Police uses BDUs, jungle boots, ponchos, handcuffs, fingerprint cameras, fingerprinting equipment, SLR cameras, film developing equipment, Night Vision Goggles, handcuffs, flashlights, binoculars, rain gear, body armor, traffic vests and a digital camera.

Grenada

Vehicles-The Special Services Unit’s (SSU) 2001 3-ton Toyota truck is in fair condition. The FCIU’s 2001 Mitsubishi L3000 van was traded in for a new vehicle at the expense of the Grenada Government. The Drug Squad’s 2003 Suzuki Grand Vitara wagon is in good condition. It was originally purchased for undercover operations but will have to undergo some repainting to resume these activities. The DARE program uses one 1999 Mitsubishi Prajero wagon. It is in fair condition.

Special Service Unit 
3-ton Toyota truck   1  


Drug Squad 
Suzuki Grand Vitari wagon   1  


Drug Squad 
Suzuki Grand Vitari wagon   1  


DARE 
Mitsubishi Pajero   1  


Miscellaneous Equipment-- Fireproof filing cabinets, an alarm system, a photocopier, two fireproof filing cabinets, one shredder, four desks, six chairs, coffee table, six waiting room chairs, television, VCR, fax machine, digital camera, a filing cabinet, and a portable projector screen are all in good condition at the FIU. The Drug Squad uses one NAS-provided television and VCR, one shredder, a photocopier, three filing cabinets, five office chairs and two fireproof cabinets. Six air conditioning units are in use at Police Headquarters and are in fair condition.

Vessels-The Coast Guard’s five engines purchased in 2003 remain in good condition. The H920 RHIB vibrates when going at high speed which makes it incapable of taking part in interdiction operations. The 733 RHIB is in need of lower units for its engine and is presently out-of-service. Both Boston Whalers are being refurbished.

Coast Guard 
H920 RHIB   
722 RHIB  
Boston Whaler  2  


Computer Equipment-The FIU uses two laptops, one fax machine, four computers, three printers, and one scanner. Their i2 Analyst’s Notebook needs to be upgraded. The Drug Squad uses one server, two computers, and two palm pilots. The projector is still in need of a new bulb.

Uniforms and Field Gear-The Police Force uses 250 police caps and belts, 430 sets of uniforms, 150 reflective vests and 150 flashlights which are distributed throughout the police force and in fair condition. The Drug Squad uses binoculars, polo shirts, caps, pagers, a rescue phone, body armor, two digital cameras, a digital camcorder, batons, windbreakers, microcassette recorders, flashlights, and Night Vision Goggles that are in fair condition. Two digital cameras have reached the end of their useful life. The Police Special Branch uses body armor, microsette recorders and a GPS receiver.

Martinique

The Director of the French Coast Guard has reported that the 82-foot patrol boat, the Lafayette, is in good condition and continues to contribute to the seizures of marijuana and cocaine. It completed 103 missions, 952 hours, 432 vessels boarded and controlled.

Coast Guard 
82 ft. Patrol Boat   1  


Regional Security System

Vehicles- One 2002 Isuzu double cabin pickup purchased for the C-26 project received clutch repairs and is working well.

Airwing  
Isuzu double cab   1  


Aircraft-The RSS Airwing has two C-26 aircraft. One is fully operational and the other has been sent to Provincial Airlines to have fuel leaks repaired. The C-26s have proven very effective in interdictions throughout the region, flying a total of 814 hours while taking part in 233 counter-drug mission. Forty-eight targets were prosecuted, 561 lbs of cocaine, 9,404 lbs of marijuana and 13 vessels were seized and there were 57 arrests.

Airwing  
C-26   2  


Vessels-One Zodiac H920 RHIB located at the RSS Training Unit has engine problems. Replacement parts will be source from one of the Coast Guards in the region.

RSS Training Unit  
H920 RHIB   1  


Computer Equipment-The Administration Section uses two laptops and two projectors for classroom training sessions. The Training Unit in Antigua uses one scanner and one fax machine. The C-26 project uses one computer and three printers.

Communications Equipment-The pilot headsets at the C-26 program are in good condition. Their hand-held batteries need new batteries.

Uniforms and Field Gear-The C-26 program uses sixteen aircrew survival vests, life preservers, flight suits, boots, rescue lights, rescue mirrors, a digital camera and camcorder. Chain saws, two 20’ x 40’ tents, night vision goggles, rope, binoculars, machetes, gloves, gerry cans, MRE’s GPS receivers are used for marijuana eradication operations and were used in eradicating 320,000 plants in 2008.

Miscellaneous Equipment-The RSS Training Unit in Antigua uses lockers, a shredder, ten filing cabinets, 12 utility tables, 32 classroom chairs, one lectern, one coffee table, one living room suite, mattresses, folding chairs, folding tables, two washing machines, two dryers and a 25-ton air conditioner condensing unit. Two refrigerators, two televisions, two VCRs, a TV stand, microwave oven, radio cassette, refrigerator, lawn mower, weed-wacker, and 11 air conditioners are used by the C-26 support staff. 

Program Impact

Aircraft

The two NAS-provided C-26 aircraft used by the Regional Security System’s Airwing have been a great success story. Operating mainly on intelligence received, they have been able to detect go-fast boats transporting drugs through the Caribbean and in coordination with the Coast Guards and Police Forces have been able to guide the aircraft accurately toward suspected vessels. The aircraft have also been used during a prison uprising in Barbados and to assist in providing relief to islands hit by hurricanes.

Vessels

The NAS-provided H920 Go-fast RHIBS have been very useful in intercepting go-fast boats carrying drugs. In coordination with the C-26 aircraft, the vessels have been deployed strategically to intercept vessels throughout the region.

Vehicles

NAS-provided vehicles are crucial to conducting interdictions in the region. Because of the topography of some islands, these vehicles which are purchased specifically for rough terrain have proven useful in reaching areas not accessible to regular vehicles. The vehicles provided for the DARE program are crucial to the officers in reaching schools which are on the other side of the islands.

Field Equipment

NAS works closely with DEA in ensuring that sophisticated equipment necessary for carrying out interdictions and surveillance are provided to the respective forces. Items such as Night Vision Goggles and bullet proof vests are not necessarily standard issue and the officers would not be able to effectively carry out interdictions without them.

Computer Equipment

NAS-provided computer equipment has been useful in carrying out everyday duties in several agencies. In some islands, the NAS-provided computer equipment are the only means of carrying out their duties.

Uniforms

NAS has provided Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU’s) to some agencies to carry out surveillance and interdictions in jungle type situations. Previously, they had to wear regular T-shirts or civilian clothes. NAS-provided uniforms have proven to be more suitable and have resulted in an increased number of these operations. The NAS also provided uniforms to the Grenada Police Force after a hurricane had destroyed most of their stores.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan (COR)

Funding

Reduced NAS funding in recent years has severely affected the mobility of some agencies. Vehicles are aging and need to be replaced as they are used extensively and break down often. Sometimes, when required to carry out an operation, the Drug Squad has had to depend on other agencies to loan them a vehicle.

Spare Engines

With respect to vessels, the respective Coast Guards have experienced problems with the engines on the H920 RHIBs. The original engines have been replaced but there are no spare engines in case the existing ones have problems. Spare parts are not accessible locally and sometimes they are forced to cannibalize old engines to get replacement parts. There have been occasions when suspected vessels were in the area but the Coast Guard did not have a vessel to inspect them. Vessels have had to also give up chase because the engines would overheat. The Nautica 22’ RHIB in Dominica has proven to be unsuitable for other waters and has experienced problems with the fuel tank, and water getting in to the engines, and the collar which can only be replaced by the manufacturer. It has been determined that this is too costly and the decision has been made to dispose of the vessel by auction and the funds derived be used to purchase replacement engines.

Computer Equipment

Computer equipment and field equipment in most cases are outdated and need to be replaced. In some islands, there are frequent power surges and UPS’s purchased in the U.S. are not suitable. So UPS’ have to be purchased locally and are very expensive.

KINGSTON

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Andrea Lewis, Tel. 876-702-6085; LewisAM@state.gov

Inventory System

NAS keeps records in an Excel spreadsheet.

Staff Member Responsibilities

The NAS Program Assistant (LES employee) conducts the majority of site visits. The Program Assistant maintains the inventory; GSO shipping is responsible for Customs clearance. The GSO warehouse in collaboration with the NAS Director is responsible for property disposal.

Counterpart Agencies

JCF Jamaica Constabulary Force
JCF-Jamaica Constabulary Force Anti-Corruption Branch
JCF-MP Jamaica Constabulary Force Narcotics Police
JCF-NP-AITF Jamaica Constabulary Force Narcotics
Police Airport Interdicting Force Narcotics
JCF-NIB Jamaica Constabulary Force National Intelligence Branch
JCF-OCID Jamaica Constabulary Organized Crime Disvision
JDF Jamaica Defense Force
JDF/AW Jamaica Defence Force Air Wing
JDF/CG Jamaica Defence Coast Guard
Jamaica Defence Force Military Intelligence Unit
CET-Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team
FID-Financial Investigative Divisions (Ministry of Finance)
Jamaica Fugitive Apprehension Team (JFAT)

Receipt

Signed receipts are obtained for all donated commodities. The receipt includes NAS Kingston’s post-donation reporting requirements and the mandate to conduct on-site inspection at least once per year.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

On-site inspections are conducted at least once per year during September/December. Inspections are scheduled to insure that mobile commodities are assembled to facilitate efficient review by NAS staff.

Eight hundred six (806) INL-donated items were subject to inspection. Post monitored 100% of the items.

On-site inspections were conducted on a rolling basis of one to two per week between October 2008 and January 2009.

Status-Commodities

Computer Equipment

Six desktop computers are located at the Airport Interdiction Task Force (AITF) building. The server for this building is currently in storage at NAS Kingston. It should be installed in mid-2009.

Seven desktop computers are located in the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard JDF/CG) Headquarters. The computers are used to support JDF/CG operations.

Seven desktop computers are located at the Office of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Narcotics Police /Vetted Unit; one desktop is located at the Jamaica Fugitive Apprehension Team (JFAT) office. They are used to support operations, investigations as well as routine office reports.

Four laptops are located at the JDF/CG headquarters, Cagway. Three are kept on large patrol vessels. They are used to support JDF/CG operations. The laptops provide quick access to a large volume of operational information for the vessels while at seas and enable them to be less dependent on the CG headquarters.

Three laptops are located the National Intelligence Branch (NIB) Kingfish. They were used to support NIB operations.

Six laptops and two additional hard drives are located at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution‘s Office in Kingston. They are adequately used by the department prosecutors when they go out on circuit to prosecute cases.

Five units of i2 Inc software were donated to the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Two are at NIB, Kingfish and three are at the Cyber Crime Unit. The NAS is in the process of procuring training for the users to maximum their use of this investigative tool.

Three servers are at the JDFD/CG and the NIM, Kingfish.

One server is installed in the JDF CG operations room. It is used for information sharing, management of electronic workload. and the maintenance programs for vessels.

Computer related items including mini towers, rooters, network storage arrays, and power edge services were forwarded to the Financial Investigation Division (FID). FID reported that there are challenges in the configuration of the poweredge server. Therefore, the NAS had to withdraw all financial support from the FID. The matter is being addressed directly with the Ministry of Finance and NAS anticipates resolution before June 2009. Once the FID is fully vetted, the NAS will reengage and address the configuration problems. All other computers and other related items are in good working condition and are used to support FID investigations.

In 2000, the International Organization for Migration funded the GOJ entry exit system called ENTRIX. The demands of the system outstripped its capacity, causing delays in record searches and entry and exit of passengers from and to major airports. Several budget constraints prevent the GOJ from upgrading the equipment.

Office Equipment

Four photo copy machines are located at the JDF/CG Contraband Enforcement Team (CET), Jamaica Fugitive Apprehension Team (JFAT), and the Narcotics Police Office at the Kingston Airport.

One flat screen TV is at the JDF/CG operational room and is used for training, operations and office briefings. One 27- inch color television set is located at the JCF Vetted Unit. Three shredders, one each are at the NIB, JFAT, and the JDF/CG. Of the eighteen four-drawer filing cabinets, nine are at NIB. one at JFAR, and eight are at the JCF/Vetted unit. One sofa is at the vetted unit. Of the eight three-draw filing cabinets, six are at the NIB and two are at the vetted unit. One fax machine is located at the JCF vetted unit.

The following items are located at the Task Force building: 14 desks, two executive desks with credenzas, seven tables, four filing cabinets, six filing cupboards, eight executive chairs, two mid-back chairs, twenty-eight style chairs, thirteen A/C units, one fax machine, three printers, one safe, one photo printer, one safe, one photocopier, one PBX telephone system with eight telephones

One remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) is at the JDF/CG. There have been technical difficulties both human and equipment related which have not been resolved. The ROV is used to search vessel hulls for hidden containers that contain contraband.

Miscellaneous Equipment

Seven binoculars: five day and one night vision goggle are at the NIB Kingfish and one standard binoculars at JFAT. They are used for operations.

Four night storm floatable binoculars and two standard binoculars are used by the JDF headquarters.

Two Night Vision Goggles, 3 FLIR and 3 canon stabilized binoculars are at the JDF/CG. One camcorder is used by the NIB office for operations.

Eight cameras: four each were donated to the JDF/CG and JDF/Airwing; four are at the JDF/CG; and four are at the JFC/Air Wing. There are four large patrol vessels and one aircraft used during operations.

One oscilloscope is at the JDF/CG. It is used by the engineering department to troubleshoot and repair electric equipment.

One heavy duty sewing machine is at the JDF/CFG. It is used by the engineering department to troubleshoot and repair electronic equipment.

One heavy duty chair is at the JDF/AW. It has been used to prepare field emergency units during drug eradication operations.

Twelve brush cutters and replacement parts were donated to the JDF for manual eradication operations. The brush cutters are at the JDF Training Camp in Montague. Some of the cutters are no longer serviceable and will be replaced in 2008.

Parts to repair the JDF decompression chamber were donated by the JDF/CG. However, the chamber is not yet operational as some additional parts are needed. Subject to availability of funds, the NAS will supply the necessary part in 2009.

Two metal detectors and one hand-held vapor tracer machine are at CET.

A new emulator machine was purchased in 2008 for the Jamaica Constabulary Force. It is located at the training facility at Twickenham Par, St. Catherine.

A used machine that once belonged to the JCF was refurbished and is not at JDF facility in Kingston. The machines are used to enhance the shooting skills sets of the security forces.

Weapons

The 260 M-16 rifles are held by the JCF. The JCF is in the process of changing their weapons to MP3’s for routine police operations. However, they will be keeping the M16 rifles for special operations. Hence, some of these weapons are for training the Police Academy and for other training facilities. The others are kept in secure storage and are issued on an as needed basis.

JCF 
M-16 rifles  260  


Communications Equipment

Twenty radios have been given to the security forces. Twelve are at the Narcotics Police/vetted unit. They are all inoperable and will be removed for the 2009 inventory.

Eight are at the JDF. These radios are inoperable and will be removed for the inventory in 2009

Vehicles

Thirty-eight motor vehicles have been donated to the GOJ. They are used in support of counter-narcotics operations, transportation of fugitives, and other law enforcement personnel and border control duties.

In 2008, the NAS replaced all vehicles over ten years old and increased the existing fleet with seventeen additional new vehicles.

JDF  
Truck  
Toyota sedan  
Van  
SUV  2  

JCF  
SUV  13 
Toyota sedan  
Panel van  
Truck  2  

CET 
Toyota Sedan  
SUV  1  

Vessels

Two refurbished inshore Sea arks are used by the JDF/CG to do in shore operations and provide platforms for divers who recover contraband from vessels. Two additional 40-foot Sea Ark vessels are at the Coast Guard. In the past, they were used for drug interdiction operations. They are currently in dry-docking awaiting a full refit. The hulls are in good conditions. The CG would like to refurbish them and has asked for NAS assistance. The refit price ($300,000) per vessel exceeds current NAS Kingston’s budget capacity.

None of the three of the Coastal Interceptors donated to the JDF/CG have worked properly; and are in dry-dock. Due to severe budget constraints, neither the JDF nor NAS Kingston can afford the cost to remove and refit the engines and propulsion systems. The NAS has given the JDF/CG permission to dispose of the vessels and use the funds in support of counter-narcotics operations. The JDF is in the process of clearing the bureaucratic hurdles within the GOJ to effect disposal.

A Rigid Inflatable Hull craft is at the JDF/CG and is used by the divers in routine operations to examine the under water hulls of ships for contraband. The vessel is maintained by the JDF/CG.

Ten life rafts were donated to the Jamaica Defense Force. Six are kept at the JDF/CG and four at the JDF/AW. The JDF/CG has deployed them at their stations while the Jamaican Defence Force Air Wing (JDF/AW) has the ability to transport them to a location when required. Both units have trained their personnel how to operate these rafts.

One aluminum boat trailer is used by the JDF/CG. It is used when required.

JDF Coast Guard 
Sea Ark-40-ft  
Coastal Interceptors  
Rigid Inflatable Hull craft  
Rubber life rafts   6  

JDF Air Wing 
Rubber Life rafts  4  

Program Impact

Vessels

The SeaArk vessels provided platforms for divers who recover contraband from vessels and performed short operations.

Vehicles

The vehicles are used in support of counter-narcotics operations and transportation of fugitives and other law enforcement personnel and border control duties.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan (COR)

None

NASSAU

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Judith Van Zalen, Tel. 242-322-1181 x4212, VanZalenJD@state.gov

Inventory System

Post uses a combination of WEBPASS, Excel inventory sheets, and COAST to record and track the distribution of resources and to maintain and retrieve End Use Monitoring information. WEBPASS Procurement records and tracks the life cycle of a procurement request from requestor to receiving clerk. Excel inventory sheets are used to record and track donated resources. COAST tracks the status of NAS funds and obligation and retrieves expenditures.

For USG-training courses, the NAS has created a Windows Access data for tracking USG law enforcement training of local government officials. This ensures that the best candidates receive training and that those receiving training remain in jobs that can fully use the training.

Staff Member Responsibilities

Embassy Nassau uses a typical embassy ICASS set-up where GSO staff provides logistics and motor vehicle maintenance support and B&F staff examine vouchers and provide general financial support. The Narcotics Affairs Officer (NAO) and the the Narcotics Affairs Program Assistant oversee and coordinate EUM activities. The Narcotics Affairs Program Assistant manages post’s EUM program on a day-to-day basis under the general supervision of the NAO.

Other USG Agency Assistance

Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) is an international cooperative counternarcotics initiative between the USG and the Government of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos islands. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) work closely with the Royal Bahamian Police Force (RBPF), the Royal Bahamian Defense Force (RBDF), and Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force (RTCPF) in conducting OPBAT’s mission to detect, monitor, intercept and/or disrupt drug trafficking throughout Bahamian waters to the United States.

DEA and USCG, as part of their OPBAT duties, conduct regular reviews to account for and verify the condition and use of INL-provided resources.

Counterpart Agencies

The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF)
The Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU)
The National Drug Council (NDC)
Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force (RTCPF).

Each agency has cooperated fully in the End Use Monitoring process.

Receipt

The NAS uses INCLE funds obligated through a letter of Agreement (LOA) with the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to purchase equipment and provide technical assistance, training and supplies for law enforcement and demand reduction activities in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos islands. The NAS documents the handover of supplies and equipment with hand receipts.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

The NAS staff monitors the use of commodities assistance year-round, conducting periodic inspections of vehicles, computers, boats and other equipment in Nassau and Freeport. DEA and the US Army and Coast Guard personnel assigned to OPBAT provide on-going reports on the status of equipment and infrastructure on Andros, Exuma, Great Inagua Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands. NAS personnel visit these remote facilities periodically to assess the status of NAS-funded commodities and equipment.

The percentage of donated items personally inspected by NAS, DEA, and USCG personnel in 2008 was about 90%.

Secondary Methods of Monitoring Resource Status

The NAS has compared its electronic inventory records with those of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) to verify the status of all hardware and software donated to DEU.

Status-Commodities

Intelligence Gathering Equipment

Electronic surveillance equipment and tools have been donated to the DEU. In 2008, NAS sent three DEU officers to the United States for training on the maintenance of DEU’s technical surveillance equipment. The NAS enhanced DEU’s technical capabilities with the acquisition of a transcript/translation support system (T2S2) from JSI telegram. The NAS also funded maintenance and support contracts through JSI Telecom from this technical surveillance equipment.

All intelligence gathering commodities donated are located in Nassau and are kept in excellent condition with only regular were and tear.

Computer Equipment

The NAS donated an Office Network System to DEU in 2003 that has exceeded its useful life. As a result, in 2008, the NAS donated 12 replacement computers and 12 additional laptops to DEU in Nassau. These computers and laptops are used for technical surveillance and are in excellent condition.

The NAS also donated two laptops to the National Drug Council (NDC) to facilitate the expansion of the Drug Free School Initiative from a pilot program to a national program.

Vehicles

The NAS purchased a SUV for the Turks and Caicos police in 2005.

Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police 
SUV  1  


Vessels

The three NAS-donated fast interceptor boats (two high performance, triple engine diesel powered Nortecha and a 12-meter triple outboard powered Lavender) continue to be used effectively in drug interdiction missions. These boats provide vital endgame capabilities to OPBAT helicopter pursuits. In 2008, NAS-funded maintenance contracts provided a cost-effective means for keeping these boats operational.

In 2008, the NAS purchased one new Avenger engine. In 2007, the NAS purchased three new Avenger engines to replace faulty engines. In 2006, the NAS purchased trailers to allow these vessels to be moved over land, giving greater flexibility to the police in deploying these assts, and saving engine time and maintenance costs. All are used for the proper purpose and show only wear and tear.

Turks and Caicos Police 
Interceptor boats  3  


OPBAT Site Facilities

OBAT structures are jointly used by USG personnel, Bahamian and Turks and Caicos law enforcement offices. In 2008, the NAS funded some of the maintenance and repairs at the Oakes field and Great Inagua sites. Primarily, those items are used by host nation personnel or shared by all three nations, such as water supplies, sewage treatment, grounds maintenance, and pest control. The terms of the maintenance contracts are fulfilled as described in the contract.

Uniforms and Field Gear

In 2008, the NAS purchased ballistic vests, GPS systems, Night Vision Goggles, and safety equipment for the Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police Force assigned to the OPBAT bases.

In addition, in 2008 the NAS funded the purchase of eight Foster Miller Boat Traps that are used as a non-lethal, net-based propeller entanglement system deployable from a helicopter when a fast moving boat poses a significant threat and is fleeing. The deployment of the boat traps is pending the completion of required training for OPBAT personnel. Training is underway way and the nets should be deployed in 2009.

Status-Services

Construction Projects

The expansion of the DEU Technical Surveillance room was 100% completed.

Demand Reduction Services

The NAS funded the travel of staff members of the National Drug Council to a Demand Reduction Conference in Chile and to a NIH-sponsored Demand Reduction Orientation in Washington, D. C. These programs aid the staff in learning best practices from other nations and helped them in erecting a network of support.

Program Impact

Intelligence Gathering Equipment

As drug traffickers seek the safest and most efficient way to move contraband, obtaining intelligence concerning their plans and methods is critical. These criminals constantly upgrade their communication equipment, taking advantage of the latest technological breakthroughs to avoid detection. The NAS, therefore, continues to support the maintenance and upgrading of intelligence gathering capabilities of the DEU. Information gathered through the DEU’s technical collection capabilities has led to significant seizures and numerous arrests.

Computer Equipment

In addition to the impact of the intelligence gathering equipment, the office Network System donated to the DEU ensures that both DEU offices in Nassau and Freeport are integrated and able to communicate in real time.

Vessels

The vessels provide vital endgame capabilities to OPBAT aircraft pursuits.

OPBAT Site Facilities

OPBAT sites serve as way-stations and strategic bases in OPBAT’s fight against drug trafficking and transnational crime. As such, these sites extend our third border and provide additional protection from criminal and transnational threats emanating from the Caribbean. The structures on these sites require continual maintenance and upkeep due to the corrosive salt air and tropical weather.

Problems and Corrective Action Plans (CAP)

Lack of Funding

Lack of funding for law enforcement agencies has resulted in poorly equipped offices and hampered joint interdiction efforts. From 2005 through 2008, the NAS purchased a variety of safety and tactical gear, including tactical entry tools, land goggles, batons, and floatation and ballistic vests for DEU Strike Force Officers and Strike Force Officers from the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force.

Lack of funding has also affected Bahamian authorities’ ability to provide upgrades and maintenance of USG-donated equipment. As a result, the NAS continues to provide maintenance contracts and implement usage logs to ensure that high-price commodities, such as boats, receive adequate maintenance and are in working order. The NAS continues to provide technical assistance in the form of train-the-trainer sessions to ensure that host government personnel know how to properly use donated equipment. Post continues to encourage the GCOB to invest assets seized in interdiction efforts back into law enforcement agencies.

PORT AU PRINCE

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

NAS Program Specialist, Chantal Edmond, Tel. (509) 2-229-8513; edmondcm@state.gov

Inventory System

The inventory system used to record and track all the NAS donated equipment is an Excel database subdivided in 4 categories: vehicles, radio equipment, computer equipment and miscellaneous equipment. The spreadsheet includes description, serial number, donation date, location of the items and condition. Any change of location or disposal is recorded in the spreadsheet.

Staff EUM Responsibilities

The Program Specialist is assisted by a Program Assistant and an Inventory Clerk. Donated equipment is also monitored regularly by the NAS Director, the Program Manager and the Police Adviser. They inspect donated items as part of every visit to the Police Academy, the Haitian National Police (HNP) headquarters, the Coast Guard base in Cap Haitian and in Port-au-Prince, the Sensitive Investigative Unit (SIU) and the Financial Intelligence Unit.

Counterpart Agencies

The Haitian National Police (HNP)
Sensitive Investigative Unit
PV Women’s Prison

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

In 2008, the NAS performed 19 scheduled and 8 unscheduled on-site inspections in 12 counterpart sites as follows:

060/9/2008 - HNP Police Academy
08/31/2008 - HNP Police Academy
09/18/2008 - Police Academy
01/07/2008 - Sensitive Investigative Unit
01/28/2009 - Sensitive Investigative Unit
04/30/2008 - DCPJ
06/10/2008 - DCPJ
12/05/2008 - HNP Headquarters
01/04/2008 - HNP Headquarters
05/02/2008 - Coast Guard Killick Base
05/14/2008 - Coast Guard Killick Base
070/8/2008 - Coast Guard Killick Base
02/12/2008 - Coast Guard Cap Haitian Base
12/12/2008 - Coast Guard Cap Haitian Base
08/18/2008 - PV Women Prison
09/09/2008 - PV Women Prison
09/19/2008 - PV Women Prison
10/27/2008 - PV Women Prison
10/28/2008 - PV Women Prison
10/09/2009 - Commissariat Cite Soleil
11/20/2008 - Commissariat Cite Soleil
01/28/2008 - Commissariat Cite Soleil
01/08/2008 - UCREF
01/26/2009 - UCREF
02/12/2008 - Commisariat Cap Haitian
12/12/2008 - Commisariat Cap Haitian
01/14/2008 - National Penitentiary

A total of 993 donated items are subject to inspections. Sixty (60) percent of the items were personally inspected.

Secondary Methods of Monitoring Resource Status

The HNP distributes the donated equipment all over the country and collaborates very well with the NAS by providing information allowing NAS to monitor the location and condition of donated equipment. The NAS has to base its reporting partly on information given by the HNP and compares it to NAS data. Forty (40) percent of the donated equipment was monitored using the secondary method. Every six months, the HNP provides the NAS with a status report of all donated equipment.

Status-Commodities

Vessels

Two Zodiac Hurricanes 558 Watercrafts were donated to the HNP in 2008. They are located at the Coast Guard Killick but are not yet in operation. Both vessels are awaiting parts from the manufacturer to correct deficiencies to be fully operational.

Coast Guard (HNP) 
Zodiac Hurricane  2  


Vehicles

The NAS donated 2 Toyota Prados, and one Toyota Land Cruiser to the Haiti counternarcotics police (BLTS) and one Pathfinder to the DCPJ. These vehicles were previously transferred by DEA and the FBI to the NAS. The vehicles were donated by NAS to the Haitian National Police (HNP) in 2007. One (1) armored SWAT truck 2007 Chevrolet Kodiak 550 and one (1) heavy duty roll back tow truck 2007 are in good condition. Of the 70 Ford Rangers Super Cab Pickup trucks donated in FY-2006 and 2007, five are out-of-order, and four are repairable. The Ford Ranger I-260 is not repairable and will be disposed of by the HNP. Of the 40 ATV’s, 39 are in good condition, one is out-of-order. Of the 200 Kawasaki motorcycles donated in 2007, 15 arrived with defects and are unusable. The six (6) vehicles donated to the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) are in good condition. The 38 Dodge Ram pickup trucks remaining from the 42 donated in 2004 are in poor condition. Of the 78 motorcycles donated in 2006, the three donated to the SIU are in good condition, 3 are broken down, and one Suzuki was taken out of inventory as stolen. An investigation provided no suspects.

Law Enforcement Project-HNP 
Chevy flat bed tow truck  
Chevrolet Kodiac  
Dodge Ram  38 
SWAT vehicle Ford F 550XL  
Ford Ranger  69 
Motorcycle Honda  18 
Honda ATV  40 
Suzuki motorcycle  74 
Yamaha  69 
Kawasaki motorcycle   185  


Special Investigative Unit 
Ford Ranger  
Honda Pilot  
Nissan Pathfinder  
Nissan X-terra   
Yamaha motorcycle  2  


BLTS 
Toyota Prado  
Toyota Landcruiser  
Nissan Pathfinder  1  


Computer Equipment

No computer equipment was donated in 2008. The internet system donated to the SIU in 2007, including one (1) HN 7000 Direct Way Satellite meter dish and one (1) HN 70000 Hughnesnet Modem is in good condition. The Digital Photographic Work station including one (1) computer Dell precision workstation 490 with a 19” monitor, one (1) Epson Scanner, and (1) one Xerox Phaser color printer donated to the Forensic Lab is in good condition. Of the 64 computers donated in 2004, 61 are in poor condition and three (3) are out-of-order.

Communications Equipment

Of the 240 portable radios donated to the HNP in 2007, 140 were distributed and 100 were held at the HNP headquarters. Seventy-eight (78) radio base stations were installed in 2006 and 2007 at the Killick base. According to the HNP report, the radio base in St. Marc burned. In Verrettes and Desarmes, all the solar panels are reported missing. In la Chapelle, Frecyueau, Petite Tiviere, Marmelade, 2 of the 3 solar panels installed in each base are reported missing from each place. In Inara, 2 of the 4 batteries are reported missing.

The SIU received 11 cellular phones and 10 are accounted for in good condition. One agent left the country and the phone is not accounted for.

Miscellaneous Equipment

In 2008, the NAS donated 4 diesel generators to the HNP, one 150KW for use at the Cite Soleil Commissariat, one 125 KW to the SIU, 60 KW’s to the Coast Guard in Cap Haitian, one (1) 25 KW generator to the Women’s Prison in Petion-Ville, 6 Mobile Light towers to the HNP, 4 laminating machines to issue weapon registration cards, and 1 refrigerator to the National Penitentiary.

The NAS provided car parts and supplies to repair and maintain the 38 Dodge Rams. The 25KW diesel generator donated in 2007 and the Super Pump 1/2/2 HP used to maintain the pool at Killick base are in good condition.

Weapons

Of the 2,657 weapons donated to the HNP in 2004, 903 remain in secure custody at the National Police Academy awaiting USG approval to allow them to be put in use by the HNP. The weapons will be released to the armories for servicing and repair in 2009 and then to the HNP for its use. Weapons previously donated to the HNP are used officers throughout their careers. No additional status update is available on those weapons.

Status-Services

Construction Projects

The Commissariat of Cite Coleil is 95% completed; the infirmary at the National Penitentiary is 30% completed.

Professional Services

DynCorp has provided curriculum and lesson plan preparation on community oriented policing, gender and human rights issues and basic police skills for use by the HNP in general.

Program Impact

Communications Equipment

The communications equipment improves the quality of the police response to emergencies and improves communication between the Commissariats and the remote sub-commissariats.

Vehicles

The vehicle and motorcycle donations, especially with the creation of the motorized intervention unit in 2007, has led to a reduction in crime, most notably, the number of kidnapping cases, attributable to the much more visible presence of police officers in the streets. The nine vehicles used by the BLTS and the SIU are used intensively in interdiction activities around the country and have led to the seizure of cocaine, assets and over $1.7 million from drug dealers.

Miscellaneous Equipment

The miscellaneous equipment such as the generators, the light towers, the laminating machines and the forensic equipment contributes tremendously to a professionalization of the HNP and improves its capability to act as a viable and effective police force of the type the US envisions. The generator at the Women’s Prison contributes to improved humanitarian conditions there.

Construction Projects

The construction of the commissariat at Cite Soleil will provide police presence in the most dangerous neighborhood contribute to stopping gang activities. The refurbishing of the infirmary at a prison is improving the health of the prisoners that are being kept in extremely overcrowded conditions that exacerbate health problems.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan

Inventory System

Besides the problem of lack of prior year information reported last year, the NAS has not yet fully mastered the Excel inventory system. The NAS has to develop its own simple Excel system that has many limitations. The Program Specialist and the Inventory Clerk are still in the process of accounting for all prior year data. For years prior to 2006, post bases its inventory on on-site inspection information and on reports received from the HHP.

In 2009, post will continue to upgrade its databases to include additional information on donation documentation and condition and to facilitate End Use Monitoring. Post will continue to consult with the GOH to emphasize the importance of he donation letter to be signed and the End Use Monitoring report.

Sophisticated Equipment

Some equipment is too sophisticated to be operated by the HNP. As a result, they do not serve their purpose. The Zodiac boats have a technical programming problem which makes them impossible to be used by the Coast Guard. The HNP Coast Guard has no expertise to use such boats. In addition, there is no technician in country to maintain the boat.

The MLO has agreed to finance all repair and training for the use of the new Zodiac boats. In the future, the NAS will work with the HCG and MLO to ensure that boats are procured based on the envisioned use and available expertise. Emphasis will be placed on vessels with which the HCG is already familiar or will have specific training provided at the time of delivery.

Radio Communication System Update

The NAS is experiencing problems in having an accurate radio communications system update. One hundred forty (140) radios were distributed to police agents. It is difficult for the NAS to account for them. The NAS is waiting on a police report of hand-held radios inventory. From 2005 to 2008, the NAS installed 79 solar powered radio bases all over the country in commissariats and sub-commissariat. It is very difficult for the NAS Program Specialist and Inventory Clerk to monitor these items. The End Use Monitoring report is based on reports of the Police and of the INL TDY Communication Adviser.

To provide a better update of the radio communications system, post is planning to request more site inspections from the Communications Adviser and the HNP.

The program is currently on hold until the HNP puts better monitoring and accountability measures in place.

Donation Letters

Near the end of 2008, due to the change in the MOJ administrator, the HNP has declined to sign the donation letters for some equipment. Therefore, some items ordered to be delivered to the HNP remain in NAS storage until the GOH agrees to a new process to acknowledge receipt of those items.

PORT OF SPAIN

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Sandra De Leon, Tel. 868-822-5921; deleons@state.gov

Inventory System

Post uses an Excel database to record and track the distribution of all resources. There are no other staff members with EUM responsibilities.

Counterpart Agencies

Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG)
Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard (TTAG)
Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force (TTDF)
National Inter-Agency Command Center (NICC)
Organized Crime Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB)
Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise Division (TTCED)
Trinidad and Tobago Police Station (TTPS)
Counter-Drug and Crime Force (CDCTF)
St. James/Carenage Police Youth Club (PYC)
Airport Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT)
Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health
Board of Inland Revenue (BIR)
Piparo Empowerment Center
Ministry of Legal Affairs-Intellectual Property Rights Office (IPO)
Judiciary of Trinidad & Tobago

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

There were six (6) unscheduled and twenty (20) scheduled on-site inspections at ten (10) counterpart sites as follows:

01/08/2008 - Canine Academy
01/2008 - Judiciary
02/2008 - Tobago
02/2008 - OCNFB
02/2008 - Customs
02/2008 - TTSP
02/2008 - TTDF
02/2008 - Airport Authority
05/2008 - TTCG
05/2008 - Canine Academy
05/2008 - Piparo
07/2008 - St. James/Carenage Police Youth Club
07/2008 - CDCFT
07/2008 - TTPS
10/2008 - Tobago
10/2008 - Customs
10/2008 - OCNFB
10/2008 - St. Clair Coaching School
11/2008 - Air Guard
11/2008 - Canine Academy
03/2008 - NICC
05/2008 - TTDF
05/2008 - Coast Guard
08/2008 - Canine Academy
08/2008 - OCNFB
12/2008 - CDCFT
12/2008 - Air Guard

About 250 items were subject to inspection. Seventy (70) percent were physically inspected.

Secondary Methods of Monitoring Resource /status

Post used reports from various agencies and telephone calls as the secondary method to monitor resources. The percentage of donated items monitored using secondary methods was 30%.

Status-Commodities

Aircraft

Due to severe mechanical problems and lack of funding for replacement parts, the Cessna 172 aircraft has been out-of service since 1994. It is presently in storage. Even though the long-term plan is to return it to service for use in training, the TTCG did not complete any task this year to achieve that goal. The Cessna 310 underwent engine repairs and was operational in 2008.

Both Piper Navajo aircraft have been deemed unserviceable. Post requested that both aircraft be removed from local control and accordingly, the General Services Agency placed an aircraft on their excess property on-line auction. No further determination has been made at year’s end.

One of the two C-26 aircraft remained in serviceable condition throughout 2008 and completed exercises. Currently, located in Canada, the other aircraft is undergoing upgrades to the maritime radar, avionics and air conditioning, as part of an enhancement contract funded by the GOTT. It is expected to be returned to TT in the first quarter of 2009.

Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard  
Cessna  
Piper  
C-26  2  


Vessels

One of the Bowen "go-fast" boats incurred damage to its hull and has been out of service since 2002. This vessel does not appear salvageable and will be disposed of. The second vessel was operational during 2008.

The four 82-ft Class Patrol Craft were inspected in 2007 and parts were replaced as needed. In 2008, all of the vessels were operational and frequently conducted patrols off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago. Three vessels are headquartered in Trinidad; the fourth vessel is headquartered in Tobago. One of the vessels is outfitted with complete radar, an electronic package, reducers and converters.

The 30-foot U.S. Customs vessel and two 29-foot Phantom interceptors are currently operational. The TT Customs and Excise Division and other agencies are using the vessels for counternarcotics and law enforcement interdiction operations.

Three of the four Combat Rigid Raiding Craft (CRRC) were fully operational during 2008. The engines on these craft have been overhauled. These craft were used extensively in maritime interdiction operational around Trinidad.

Both of the 40 ft interceptors were fully functional during 2008.

All three Zodiac Hurricanes are unserviceable. One does not have an engine. The second Hurricane was unserviceable due to impeller and wiring defects. The third Hurricane has damaged pontoons. The vessels do not appear to be salvageable. The Board of Survey to will determine disposal.

Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard 
82-foot Class Patrol craft  
Combat Raiding Craft  
Bowen go-fast boats  
Zodiac (RHIBS)  
40-foot Midnight Express  2  


Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise  
29-foot Phantom interceptors  
30-foot Boston Whaler  2  


Vehicles

The four right-hand drive vehicles that were donated to the Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit in 2004 were fully functional during the year. The vehicles allow the task force to conduct surveillance and interdict narcotics trafficking throughout the country. They are being maintained and are located on both islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

Organized Crime Narcotics and Firearms Bureau  
Toyota Corolla  
Nissan Almera  2  


Computer Equipment

The computer equipment provided to the Counter Narcotics and Crime Task Force (CNCTF) allows information and intelligence to be analyzed in a more comprehensive and timely manner than would otherwise be possible. The computers, electronic equipment, and safe were in use throughout the year with the exception of ten monitors, one printer, and a micro recorder. These items are not operational and need to be replaced.

Computers are installed at the Customs and Excise Prevention Branch and at key stations of the Customs and Excise Division. They give the branch an automated database system, providing continuous connectivity of the branch as well as key stations of the Customs and Excise Division in Trinidad and Tobago, and other related law enforcement agencies.

The 25 laptop computers and three desktop computers donated to the Board of Inland Review are fully functional. The attorneys and new criminal tax investigators use the equipment daily.

The two Compaq computers, printers, and monitors are fully operational at the Ministry of Health.

Computers and associated peripherals were installed at the Board of Inland Revenue. Criminal Investigation Unit members were trained on the equipment and in investigative techniques in early 2003. Legal and Enforcement training started in January 2004. This equipment continues to be operational.

One of the two computer workstations, donated to the Joint Operations Command Center (JOCC) is used to transmit information to and from the EPIC, while the other serves as a backup.

The computer and copier provided to the OCNFB are housed at the Piarco Airport. They have limited functionality and are in need of repairs and/or replacement.

The computers donated to the Counter-Drug and Crime Task Force (CDCTF) operations and administrative center were used throughout the year, but need to be replaced.

The Trinidad and Tobago Judiciary received computers in 2004-2005 for the Audio Digital Court Recording Systems. The equipment is used to improve the existing method of taking Notes of Evidence on hand. All of the computers and other equipment are fully functional and are deployed at the St. George West Magistrates Court and the Supreme Court.

Communications Equipment

The Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit's (OCNU’s) thirty (30) hand-held radios are out in the field, at Piarco Airport and at OCNU's headquarters.

The ten radios provided to the Interpol Liaison Office were in use throughout the year. They were used to conduct communications between Interpol, other TTPS units and the TT Customs and Excise Division. All are in good condition. However, all will need an upgrade soon to meet current technological equipment.

Miscellaneous

The kool kube, battering ram, handcuffs, tape recorders, binoculars, bullet proof vests (35), camera kit, chainsaws, electronic surveillance equipment, Night Vision Goggles and brush cutters are all operational and in use by the OCNU. None of the equipment is checked out to individual officers. All are kept at headquarters and checked out for specific missions. The boots, bulletproof vests, chainsaws, and brush cutters, were particularly valuable as defenses against booby traps planted by marijuana growers. The brush cutters have been serviced and are operating at an acceptable level.

The two TT Defense Force (TTDF) hand-held Global Positioning System receivers were fully functional and in use throughout the year. The unit is regularly used during marijuana eradication operations to help locate marijuana fields and to position troops. The night scopes and other electronic surveillance units assisted in locating go-fast contacts that would have normally been missed during nocturnal operations.

The Redman gear and gym mats have greatly enhanced the ability of TT Customs and Excise to train its officers in both hand-to-hand combat and personal defense.

The handcuffs provided to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) are used to transport prisoners to and from court as well as in general police work. The digital camera and micro-cassette recorders were in use throughout the year to record interviews/interrogations of suspects. They have a direct correlation to a higher success rate with regard to prosecutors based on such interviews.

The three digital cameras are functioning well; the fourth has been discarded for not powering up. These cameras are used at crime scenes to document evidence and for mug shots. While these photos have not been used in court as evidence, investigators have used the photographs to identify crime scene areas that needed further exploration.

TTPS’ editing VCR was fully functional and in use throughout the year. It has greatly improved the audiovisual section’s ability to produce high quality drug education and public service videos.

The TTPS bulletproof vests protect the officers during law enforcement operations.

Thirty (30) iron beds and the woodworking equipment are at the Piparo empowerment center. All items are in good condition and in use by the Piparo residents.

The TV and the VCR have significantly increased the number of children exposed to the counterdrug videos of the Police Youth club. Having the equipment on-site has allowed greater flexibility in terms of when all of the items are in good condition and were in use throughout the year.

The Ion scanner provided to the Trinidad and Tobago Airports Authority (T&TEC) remains minimally operational. T&TEC rewired the terminal in 2001, but continual power surges have damaged the sensitive equipment, limiting its effectiveness.

The six night-scopes were in use and fully operational in 2008. The TTCG and its Special Naval Unit share the night scopes. The hand-held Global Positioning System receiver was fully functional and in use throughout the year. The data scopes, infrared cameras, and three handheld Global Positioning System receivers were fully functional and in use throughout 2008.

Canines

Four explosive detection canines arrived in country in June 2005 along with two which were donated to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and two to the Customs and Excise Division. In 2006, four additional canines were acquired: one cadaver-locating dog, two narcotics dogs and one tactical/narcotics dog for total of six dogs. They continue to be used extensively at the airports and other points of entry, in addition to being used in the explosive detection unit. They have conducted over 200 operations including search of outgoing and incoming passenger’s baggage, import and export cargo, courier packages, major high profile events and during several bomb threats. When seen carrying out their duties, these canines convey a sense of security to the public. However, these dogs have been over-worked and may need to be replaced soon.

Program Impact

The GOTT conducted numerous marijuana eradication operations, and improved training and general maintenance of aircraft over the year. As in previous years, the GOTT funded repairs of its vehicles and vessels, and will likely continue this trend in the coming year. Benefiting from INL-funded equipment and training, GOTT law enforcement agencies apprehended couriers at airports attempting to smuggle narcotics into the United States. According to GOTT law enforcement personnel, marijuana eradication operations occurred almost daily. In addition, the GOTT took steps to strengthen its counterdrug air and maritime surveillance interdiction capability. The GOTT upgraded its two C-26 aircraft with maritime sensor packages. Post noted that GOTT law enforcement entities participated in several GOTT-orchestrated counternarcotics law enforcement operations in 2008. The success of these DEA orchestrated counternarcotics law enforcement operations require the GOTT’s support and participation.

Aircraft

The Cessna and C-26 aircraft flew 121 missions logging over 250 flying hours, which included patrol, support, training and counternarcotics missions. However a continued lack of reporting by the TTCG and TTAG made it difficult to determine if the intelligence gathered by the C-26 had been used. The sensor/maintenance has greatly enhanced the Air Wing’s ability to patrol the area surrounding Trinidad and Tobago.

Vessels

The Combat Rigid Raiding Craft (CCRC), the one operational Bowen Go-fast boat, the four 82-foot patrol boats and the two 40-foot interceptors conducted over 100 patrols and intercepted an undisclosed amount of marijuana and cocaine as well as small arms, ammunition and other contraband.

The two 29-foot Phantoms and the other Customs vessels have played a key role in monitoring the nation’s coast and surrounding waters. During 2008, Customs officials conducted more than 150 counter-drug law enforcement patrols and frequently operated in conjunction with TTCG and other GOTT law enforcement agencies when performing those operations. However, the operations of the Customs Marine Interdiction Unit (MIU) continued to suffer some restrictions due to staff shortages.

Computer Equipment

The implementation of the audio Digital Recording systems has decreased trial time by about 50% and production of Notes of Evidence for judgment and appeals by the same percentage. The increased pace allows the litigation of more cases to be disposed of during this period than were filled. Reducing any backlog shortens the appeal process and provides the accused with faster and more efficient access to justice. Even though more cases are being heard, the total number of cases has significantly increased causing a continued backlog in the judicial system.

The Counterdrug and Crime Task Force (CDCTF) computer equipment facilitates timely analysis of information and intelligence. However, due to the age of the computers, there is a need for a unit with current technology.

The computers located at the Ministry of Legal Affairs have assisted the IPO in becoming a fully automated entity by complementing and enhancing its technological capabilities. The computers increase the range of access to the patent information services and provide current transactions of all intellectual property applications. The Intellectual Property Office has successfully captured and validated all patent and trademark records and will expand the scope of the data captured to include classification of figurative elements and patent diagrams.

Vehicles

The vehicles allow the OCNFB to conduct surveillance and interdict narcotics trafficking throughout the islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

Canines

The Canine Academy continues to be one of post’s most successful programs to date. The dogs have performed 542 exercises resulting in the seizure of 308 kg marijuana, 41 kg cocaine, and 2,243 various types of ammunition, as well as resulting in 478 persons being arrested for various offenses.

Miscellaneous Equipment

Suspended school students spend their day at the Police Youth Club where they receive assistance with their studies rather than remaining at home or on the street. The television and VCR have significantly increased the number of children exposed to PYC’s counterdrug videos. On-site equipment has allowed greater flexibility of when and how frequently club members are exposed to counterdrug videos. The ping pong table is an additional incentive to spend free time with the Youth Club.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan

Repair and Maintenance of Commodities

Even though the GOTT has been repairing and maintaining the majority of donated commodities, there are still a number of items inoperable because of a lack of parts and miscellaneous problems. LOA’s are expected to include a requirement for service agreements to enable the GOTT to repair vehicles, vessels, equipment when needed to minimize downtime.

Lack of Use or Misuse

The Ion Scanner machine was donated to the Airport Authority; however, this unit is not in use. Consequently, no arrests can be attributed to this machine. Post will continue to have discussions to determine if the problem can be rectified.

Disposal of Commodities

Due to technological advancements, normal shelf life, and cost of maintenance, post has several items such as computers, communications equipment, servers that need disposing. Post has offered assistance to the GOTT on these matters.

Other Problems

The INL Program employs a full-time INL specialist to staff the office. Monitoring equipment use is one of the specialist’s functions; however; because the specialist is responsible for all the other functions in the office, the specialist is not always able to conduct on-site visits as required and relies on other embassies to assist. Additionally, when reports are received from host government, they are not always accurate. This procedure causes severe delays. Post will consult with host government officials to improve the accuracy of its report. Post is otherwise unaware of any significant problems in the course of the year’s equipment.

SANTO DOMINGO

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Joseph Runyon, NAS Director, 809-731-4391, RunyonJH@state.;govu

Inventory System

The NAS Section receives updates from the Dominion National Police (DMP) and the National Directorate for the Control of Drug (DNCD). There is no automated inventory system at post.

Staff Member Responsibilities

The National Directorate of Drug Control (DNCD), the Director of Migration, and the Superintendent of Banks maintain inventories and USG-donated equipment. The contractor frequently visited partner offices, including field offices, for informal on-site inspections and spot checks on the status, condition, and use of equipment. Assets that have reached the end of their useful life are reported to the NAS, formally inspected by a NAS representative, and retired from inventories based on a letter of release from the NAS.

The DEA and U.S. military representatives from DAO and MAAG carry out informal on-site monitoring during operations or when interacting with local counterparts. All embassy law enforcement personnel stress to counterparts their accountability for proper use and care of INL-donated equipment. In 2008, the NAS received excellent monitoring cooperation from the receiving GODR agencies and counterparts without exception.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

10/07/2008 - Police Academy
10/27/2008 - Police Academy
03/18/2008 - Community Police Office
04/21/2008 - Community Police Office
05/20/2008 - Community Police Office
06/05/2008 - Community Police Office
06/09/2008 - Community Police Office
06/24/2009 - Community Police Office
07/11/2008 - Community Police Office
08/06/2008 - Community Police Office
08/13/2008 - Community Police Office
09/16/2008 - Community Police Office
10/24/2008 - Port Security Office
03/27/2008 - DNCD Sensitive Investigative Unit (SIU)
04/02/2008 - DNCD Sensitive Investigative Unit (SIU)
04/18/2008 - DNCD Sensitive Investigative Unit (SIU)
01/18/2008 - SIU Omega Office
02/01/2008 - SIU Omega Office
02/21/2008 - SIU Omega Office
02/29/2008 - SIU Omega Office
03/06/2008 - SIU Omega Office
02/26/2008 - SIU Omega Office
05/09/2008 - Coordinator’s Office
11/15/2008 - DNCD MLU
05/09/2008 - National Police Office
08/08/2008 - National Police Office
10/07/2008 - National Police Office
08/06/2008 - IEESPON office
08/13/2008 - IEESPON office
10/27/2008 - IEESPON office
10/27/2008 - Money Laundering office

Status-Commodities

Vehicles

Fifteen (15) vehicles and nine (9) motorcycles have been purchased for the SIU since its inception in 2001. No vehicles or motorcycles were purchased in 2007, although four (4) of the nine (9) SIU motorcycles were purchased 2006. There were several minor incidents in 2008. One major accident in November destroyed a Nissan X-Trail. Vehicle insurance covered the majority of the repair costs and returned full reimbursement for the Nissan. The DEA is requesting authorization to use the reimbursement funds to purchase two sedan vehicles for the SIU unit. The SIU performs routine and preventive maintenance on all equipment and vehicles.

Special Investigative Unit  
sedans  14 
motorcycles  9  


Communications Equipment

Radio communications equipment including a third repeater tower, 28 hand-held radios, scramblers, and related components were supplied to the police/military Border Intelligence Units (DOIFs). The repeaters give radio communications coverage along the border with Haiti for use by the DOIF’s and DNCD. The NAS has been unable to confirm the status of the repeaters. The following equipment was previously donated to the DNCD: Motorola MX-350 radios (8); ICOM radio receivers (6); Motorola syntor x9000 mobile radios (3); Motorola "Micro" radio repeaters (9); Motorola "Saber" radios (12); Motorola "Spectra" radio bases (25); Motorola "Spectra" mobile radios (12). The current radio communications system is adequate to accomplish the goals of the counternarcotics agencies.

JICC Equipment

The JICC operates with 17 workstations. Embassy officers routinely work with the JICC and ensure that all computer equipment purchased by INL is fully used and maintained. The JICC received software to implement the Guardian system.

Computer Equipment

All computer equipment donated to the DNCD, CND, National Police, and Immigration is in operational condition and being used for the intended purposes. In a few cases, e.g., in the CND Financial Investigations Unit, the equipment is not being used to its full potential due to GODR program deficiencies. Computers recently donated to the J-2 are in excellent condition and being used for the intended purpose of improving communication between field units and headquarters.

The NAS purchased computer hardware for the National Police including a Dell desktop, SFF Window XP, DVD, and two USB ports. All equipment is operational and being used properly.

The following equipment was donated to Immigration: 31 Compaq Desk Pro computers; 35 High resolution monitors; 3 Compaq PL 1600 servers; 4 HP LaserJet 4050N printers; 33 UPS backups. The following equipment was donated to the Financial Investigative Unit (FIU): 1 Dell Poweredge 4400 server; 4 Dell Optiplex GX110 computers; 2 Dell laptops; 1 HP LaserJet printer. The NAS purchased computer equipment for the newly established National Police Trafficking in Persons Investigation Unit.

Search and Rescue personal computer software was previously acquired through a Foreign Military Financing (FMF) case. The Dominican Navy is using the software for search and rescue operations.

Vessels

Six former Coast Guard cutters were transferred to the Dominican Navy under Section 516 Excess Defense Article (EDA) programs. Of these, two (2) remain in operational condition, but in poor material condition readiness. The other four (4) are no longer in use. Of the four (4) no longer in use, two (2) were sunk by the DR Navy in 2006 and the remaining two (2) are awaiting approval to be scrapped.

In 1994, DR Navy acquired six (6) Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB’s) to conduct patrol of rivers and coast near ports and remain in operational condition.

In 2003, three (3) outboard Zodiac and three (3) 17-foot fiberglass harbor patrol craft were acquired through a Foreign Military Financing (FMF) case in November 2003. None of the six (6) are operational due to poor maintenance practices and the lack of funds for repairs and preventive maintenance.

In 2007, four (4) 43-foot, high speed, long-range, off-shore interceptor boats were given to the DR Navy under the Enduring Friendship (EF) Regional program. They were procured with 2006 funding and are equipped with excellent, but commercial, off-the-shelf navigation equipment that includes radar, Nav-plot with integrated GPS, fix mounted FLIR camera, and ship to shore communications. Additionally, EF interceptor boats are outfitted with Harris HF/VHF radios. All four (4) boats are operational and in good condition.

Dominican Navy  
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter  
RHIB  
Zodiac  
17 ft. fiberglass harbor craft  
43 ft. Interceptor boat  4  


Aircraft

Of the six UH-1’s, four are operational and two are down for parts. In 2004, the Navy received eight (8) refurbished “Huey 2” helicopters and ten (10) OH-58 helicopters. Of the eight Huey II’s, five are operational and three are down for parts. All OH-58’s are operational. All aircraft are based at the Dominican San Isidro Air Force Base. All Dominican air assets are viewed on a recurring base during visits to base and during operational missions. Many of the Huey II’s were inspected thoroughly by an INL/A team in January 2009.

Dominican Navy 
UH-1H  
Huey II  
OH-58  10  


Canine Program

In 2007, the NAS provided support to the Cuerpo Especializado en Seguridad Aeropuertuaria (CESA) explosives-sniffing canine units in the form of training and re-certification of the canine handlers at five major Dominion airports. There are twenty-two (22) dogs. They are located at all airports. They succeeded in finding suitcases of drugs at both Las American and Punta Cana in recent months. The dogs are all in good condition and kept in good facilities. Trainers continue to meet expectations.

Miscellaneous Equipment

During 2007, the DEA purchased several earphones, shredders, camcorders and accessories, VD players, DVD and CD duplicators/recorders, televisions, a wireless projector, external hard drives, Marantz recorders, encryption software, routes and a new fax machine. Some broken equipment, such as chairs, digital and video cameras, helmets, binoculars and flashlights, have been disposed of. A laptop was either lost or stolen from a vehicle in August.

Tactical gear such as T-shirts, pants, boots, goggles, gloves, backpacks and holsters were purchased during this past year.

The following are in use by the DNCD: 17 Craig recorders, 17 Sony recorders, 7 Panasonic recorders, 20 headphones, 25 Radio Shack tele-recording controls, 4 fax machines, 4 Pentax cameras, 1 CD-Rom reader, two digital cameras, 4 fax machines, helmets, handcuffs, bullet-proof vests, and electronic typewriters, concealed recording devices and transcription equipment. Each DOIF received a stock of flashlights, handcuffs, and nylon wrist/ankle ties. The NAS bought surveillance equipment, office furniture, and appliances for the DEA Vetted Unit in 2002. Due to their age and condition, a few items were disposed of including old office chairs, and tables, cell phones, beepers and a small cassette recorder. The DNCD maintains an inventory system that includes photographs of items purchased for the DNCD. It also tracks short-term equipment disbursement.

The NAS purchased and installed a new 35kv generator to help protect the increasingly complex Information Systems Unit from frequent power outages. The recently installed lightning rod system continued to control dangerous power surges during summer storms. Non-functional vehicles were formally inspected and removed from DNCD inventory.

The NAS continued to fund regular maintenance of generators and UPS equipment for the DNCD and for the Bani Center for victims of domestic violence.

Program Impact

That DNCD is a productive partner in counternarcotics affairs is almost completely attributed to equipment training and close support provided by DEA and NAS over several years. The NAS is making good progress to cement the same partnership relations with the National Police, Cuerpo Espedializado de Seguridad Aeroportuaria (CESA), Cuerpo Especializado de Seguridad Portuaria (CESEP), and the National Drug Council. Other agencies in the Embassy’s law enforcement community are working with the National Police, Customs Immigration, the National Investigation Department (FBI equivalent) DNCD and military agencies with law enforcement powers, including CESAA and CESEP. Continued law enforcement cooperation with the Dominican government is vital to avoid losing the battle to smart, well-organized gangs of delinquents and corruption in official positions.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan (CAP)

Post has had a personnel shortage. The NAS Director position had been vacant for two years. The EFM position was vacant over fifty (50) percent of the time the last three years. A LES Budget Analyst position was recently filled and the EFM position is being advertised which will lesson the burden on End Use Monitoring and operational activities in 2009.



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