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2009 End-Use Monitoring Report: The Caribbean


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Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
September 1, 2010

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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 Albert Razick, (246) 227-4278; razicka@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

Barbados-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

St. Lucia- St. Lucia Marine Unit
Police Force Drug Unit
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA)
Police Special Branch
Police Community Relations Office (CRO)
Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat (SAACS)
Customs Central Intelligence (CCIU)
Dar Program (DARE)
St. Lucia customs Department

St. Kitts-St. Kitts Coast Guard
Police Force Drug Squad
Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU)
National Joint Headquarters (NJHQ)
Financial Services Department (FSD)
Nevis Regulation and Supervisor Davison (NRSD)
Nevis Customs Department
Dare Program (DARE)

Grenada-Grenada Force Drug Squad
Royal Granada Force
Grenada Coast Guard

Martinique-French Coast Guard

Antiqua and Barbuda-Antigua Barbuda Defense Force
Office of National Drug control and Money Laundering Police (ONDCP)
Financial Services Regulatory Commission Financial Sector regulatory Authority (IFSRA)
Police Training School
Drug Squad

Regional Security-Antigua Training Unit (RSSTU)
C-26 Airwing
RSS Operations
Administration Section

Dominica-Dominica Drug Squad
Dominica Coast Squad (DGC)
Dominica Customs and Excise (DCE)
Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force (DPF)
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)

St. Vincent and the Grenadines -Coast Guard
Police Force Drug Squad
Community Relations Office (CRO)
Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU)
Marion House (MH)
Police Narcotics Intelligence Unit (PNIU)
Attorney General’s Office (A/G)

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
02/05/2009 - Barbados
04/13/2010 - 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 which is in fair condition. The 2003 Nissan X-Trail provided to the Barbados Information Centre (BIC) is used for surveillance and is in fair condition.

Airport Security
Mitsubishi L200 double cab 1

Barbados Information Center (BIC)
Nissan X-trail 1

Computer Equipment - Three laptops, one i2 analyst’s Notebook, four printers, one digital camera, a plotter, and one projector are in use at the FCIU and are in fair condition. Four computers and two laptops have reached the end of their useful life. Two printers, a server, scanner and a fax machine purchased for the BIC in 2001 have reached the end of their useful life. The Drug Squad uses one computer and one printer which are in fair condition. Thirty laptops purchased for the DPP’s office in 2002, have reached the end of their useful life.

Uniform and Field Gear - One pair of Night Vision Goggles is in use at Airport Security. The Drug Squad uses one digital camera and the Barbados Information Center (BIC) uses one portable scanner which is in good condition.

Vessels - The Coast Guard has one H920 RHIB which is used for routine patrols and interdictions and is in good condition. The 733 RHIB and the Boston Whaler are in fair condition.

Coast Guard
Boston Whaler 1
733 RHIB 1
H920 RHIB 1

Miscellaneous Equipment - The BBC uses twenty-two stenography machines, which are all desperately in need of servicing, but there are no qualified technicians on the island and they have no funding to send the machines overseas to be serviced. Their television, chairs, TV cart, A/C units and keyboard charts are used daily. The BIC uses a security access system which is in good condition and one photocopier which is in fair condition.

Dominica

Vehicles - One 2006 Nissan double cab at the Dominica Customs is in working order. The Coast Guard uses one 2006 Kubota tractor which is in good condition. It is used mainly for hauling and retrieving the H920 RHIB and other vessels. One 2002 Nissan double cab purchased for the Drug Squad is being used by the Coast Guard and is in fair condition. The 1999 Mitsubishi Pajero purchased for the D.A.R.E. program is in fair condition and used by the Special Services as there is no activity in the D.A.R.E. Program. One 2000 Mitsubishi Pajero Wagon at the Special Branch is in fair condition.

Coast Guard
Nissan Double Cab 1
Kubota tractor 1

D.A.R.E.
Mitsubishi Pajero 1

Customs
Toyota Double Cab 1

Marine Unit
Mitsubishi Pajero 1

Computer Equipment - The FIU uses one desktop computer, one scanner, three laptops, 12 analyst’s Note books, two printers and one server. The FSU uses thee computers, two printers and one projector.

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

Vessels- The Coast Guard’s H920 RHIB is in need of new engines, both 275 HP Mercury engines on this vessel have done over 1,000 hours and one has been deemed irreparable. The 733 RHIB is out of service due to gear case issues on one engine. The 22’ Nautica RHIB purchased in 2001 is irreparable and is to be sold.

Coast Guard
733 RHIB 1
920 RHIB 1

Miscellaneous Equipment – NAS replaced a security access system for the FIU in 2009. One portable air compressor at the Coast Guard is in good conditions and has proven quite useful. The Director of Public Prosecutions uses law books and one photocopier which are in fair condition. The Drug Squad uses two filing cabinets and a shredder. The FIU uses one photocopier, safe and shredder, all are in fair condition. One conference table and twelve chairs purchased for the FIU are used by the National Joint Information Center (NJIC) and are in good condition. One photocopier, fax machine, shredder, heavy duty stapler, binding machine and paper cutter are in use at the Financial Services Unit (FSU).

Uniforms and Field Gear – The Drug Squad uses 20 holsters, 20 flashlights, four binoculars, two Night Vision Goggles (NVGs), one camcorder, traffic vests, one GPS receiver, rain gear, handcuffs, weapons belts, two vehicle camouflage nets, six dome tents, flashlights, inspection mirrors and field compasses. All are in good condition and used for jungle patrols and interdictions. The Dominica Customs Department uses twelve handcuffs, fifteen BDUs, six microcassette recorders, six flashlights, five binoculars, two spotlights, ten body armor and one digital camera. The Coast Guard uses thirty personal floating devices (PFDs), rain gear, night vision goggles, binoculars, body armor, a digital camera and a fiber optic viewer which are in fair condition.

St. Lucia

Vehicles - One 2001 Isuzu double cab at the Coast Guard, which was used extensively between the Vieux Fort Base and the Castries Base, is out of service. The One 2000 Mitsubishi mini bus is used for the D.A.R.E. program and is in fair condition.

Coast Guard
Izusu Double Cab 1

D.A.R.E.
Mitsubishi mini bus 1

Computer Equipment - One computer and printer are used by the CRO, they are in fair condition. One laptop, three desktops, three printers and one fax machine are used by the Police Special Branch and are in good condition. The FIA is using a projector, one i2 Analyst’s Notebook, a fax machine, digital camera, scanner, two printers and one laptop. Six computers purchased in 2003 are very slow and need to be replaced. One fax machine and one scanner are used daily at the Marine Unit. The Drug Squad in Vieux Fort is making use of one computer and printer, which are in fair condition. Two computers, one laptop and two printers are in use at the SAACS, they are all in fair condition. The CCIU uses three computers, two scanners, one printer and one laptop, which are in fair condition.

Communications Equipment - VHF radios and a base station are in use at the Coast Guard and are in fair condition.

Vessels - The Marine Unit’s Zodiac H920 “Go Fast” RHIB is presently stationed at the Vieux Fort Base and in good condition. The 733 RHIB is being refurbished and having its collar replaced. One Boston Whaler, which is used only for training, is being refurbished.

Coast Guard
Zodiac H920 RHIB 1
733 RHIB 1
Boston Whaler 1

Uniforms and Field Gear - The Customs Department uses two Night Vision Goggles which are in fair condition. The Drug Squad uses one portable scale, two Night Vision Goggles and a digital camera, all are in fair condition. Twenty-five sets of uniforms have reached the end of their useful life. The Marine Unit uses, fourteen sets of body armor, and a fiber optic viewer all of which are in fair condition. The regulators for the six sets of dive gear have been replaced. The FCIU uses one Night Vision Goggles, one pair of binoculars, and three bulletproof vests, all are in good condition. The Special Branch is using one NVG, one camcorder, one digital camera and ten sets of body armor.

Miscellaneous Equipment - Five air conditioning units to the Marine Unit’s Base in Castries are in fair 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, two fireproof filing cabinets, all of which are in good condition. One shredder has reached the end of its useful life. The SAACS uses armchairs, side chairs, desks, a credenza and a conference table which are in good condition. 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-In 2009, the NAS purchased one Nissan Navara double cabin pickup for the Drug Squad. Their 1998 Toyota double cab is in poor condition and has problems with the gearbox and their 2001 Mitsubishi Pajero wagon is also in poor condition. 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 D.A.R.E. Program is in fair condition and used by the Fire Service.

D.A.R.E.
Mitsubishi Pajero 1

Drug Squad
Nissan Navara double cab 1
Toyota double cab 1
Mitsubishi Pajero 2

Computer Equipment - The Drug Squad uses one laptop, one digital SLR camera and one photo printer which are in fair condition. One laptop has reached the end of its useful life. One computer and a scanner are used at the Community Relations Office (CRO). Three laptops, two projectors, one scanner, three printers, one computer, and an i2 Analyst’s Notebook are in use at the FCIU and are in good condition. The A/G’s office uses one server, two printers, one scanner, one projector, and one photocopier. Three computers have reached the end of their useful life. The Police Narcotics Intelligence Unit has two computers, one fax machine and one printer.

Vessels - Two H920 RHIBs at the Coast Guard are out of service as they need new engines. The 733 RHIB is out of service; it has structural damage which has been contributed the excessive weight of the foam filled collar. The Boston Whaler is still under repair.

Coast Guard
H920 RHIB 2
Boston Whaler 1
733 RHIB 1

Miscellaneous Equipment - One laminator, one binding machine, a digital surveillance and security access system, shredder, television, VCR, and photocopier are in use at the FCIU and are in good condition. Their safe is currently located at the bank as it contains US$1.7 million, which was seized in a drug operation. The case is pending. One TV/VCR and one slide projector are in use at Marion House and are in fair condition. The Drug Squad uses twenty-four pairs of bunk beds and one paper trimmer which are all in fair condition. The Police Narcotics Intelligence Unit uses one photocopier, which is in fair condition.

Uniforms and Field Gear-Two bullet proof vests, one Night Vision Goggles, one digital SLR camera, one camcorder, one digital camera, one pair of binoculars and three micro-cassette recorders are used by the FIU and are in good condition. One digital recorder, two vehicle rotating lights, body armor, GPS’s, SLR camera, binoculars, one digital camcorder and flashlights are used by the Drug Squad daily and are in fair condition.

Antigua and Barbuda

Vehicles - The Police Drug Squad's Canine Unit, uses two 2001 Suzuki Carry vans with dog cages and they are in fair condition. The 1999 Nissan Patrol purchased for the D.A.R.E. program is in fair condition. The ONDCP 2003 Suzuki Vitara Wagon, which is used for undercover operations, is in poor condition.

Canine Unit
Suzuki Carry Van 2

D.A.R.E.
Nissan Patrol 1

ONDCP
Suzuki Vitari Wagon 1

Vessels - The Coast Guard’s H920 RHIB and 733 RHIB are in fair condition.

Coast Guard
H920 RHIB 1
733 RHIB 1

Miscellaneous Equipment - The ONDCP uses four stationery storage cabinets, nineteen desks and chairs, and two fireproof filing cabinets, a fax machine and a typewriter. One two-drawer safe is in use at the IFSRA.

Uniforms and Field Gear - In 2009, NAS Bridgetown purchased one SIM card reader each for the Drug Squad and ONDCP. The Drug Squad uses one NVG, one portable scale, cameras, binoculars, micro cassette recorders and handcuffs. The ONDCP uses a portable scale, body armor, portable scanners, camera equipment, a camcorder, flashlights, binoculars, night vision goggles, rechargeable spotlights and micro cassette recorders. The ABDF Coast Guard uses body armor, dive equipment, fire fighting gear, two NVGs and a digital camera, which are all in good condition.

Computer Equipment - The Financial Services Regulatory Commission uses nine laptops, which are all in fair condition. The Police Training School uses one projector. Two servers, one network printer, and one scanner are used at the FSRA; fourteen computers purchased in 2001 have reached the end of their useful life. The ONDCP used three laptops, three printers, three i2 Analyst’s Notebooks, two servers, a plotter and four scanners. Nineteen computers purchased in 2000 have reached the end of their useful life.

St. Kitts and Nevis

Vehicles - The Nevis Police use one 2001 Toyota double cabin pick up which is in fair condition.

Nevis Police
Toyota Double Cab 1

Vessels - The Coast Guard’s Zodiac H920 RHIB is out of service because it needs a new collar. The Nautica 733 RHIB struck a submerged object and sustained extensive damage to the hull. The Coast Guard is seeking funding to effect repairs. The Boston Whaler is in very poor condition and out of commission. The Nautica 22' RHIB purchased for the Nevis Customs in 2001 needs a new collar and it will not be cost effective to repair.

Coast Guard
733 RHIB 1
Zodiac H920 RHIB 1
Boston Whaler 1

Nevis Customs
22' Nautica RHIB 1

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

Uniforms and Field Gear – The NAS provided NVG and five body armor, at the Coast Guard are in good condition. Two vehicle light bars, two siren sets, two handheld scanners, one NVG, twenty body armor, ten leg irons and twenty handcuffs are in fair condition and used by the Police Force. The Drug Squad uses seven body armor, thirteen handcuffs, one NVG, four binoculars, one camcorder and one portable scale. One digital camera is located in Nevis and the other is occasionally loaned to the Anti-Gang Unit. Thirty-nine sets of BDUs have reached the end of their useful life. The NPTF uses one portable scale, SDUs, 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, are all in fair condition.

Miscellaneous Equipment - One air conditioning unit is in use at the National Joint Headquarters (NJHQ). The Nevis Financial Services Department uses one photocopier, which is in fair condition. The Drug Squad uses desks, filing cabinets, stacking chairs, office chairs and six air conditioning units; they have had to replace on compressor. The FIU uses one office desk and chair, one secretarial workstation, one conference table and twelve chairs, three fireproof filing cabinets, a binding machine, a paper trimmer, a television, a VCR, a photocopier, shredder and a digital camera. The NACDP uses one television, a VCR, a photocopier, five desks, five office chairs, ten guest chairs, a conference table with sixteen chairs, two stationery cabinets and two filing cabinets.

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 fair condition and used for investigations. Their 2001 Toyota Prado wagon is in fair condition and used mainly for night operations. The 1999 Mitsubishi Pajero purchased for the D.A.R.E. program is in fair condition.

Special Service Unit
3-ton Toyota truck 1

Drug Squad
Suzuki Grand Vitari wagon 1
Toyota Prado wagon 1

D.A.R.E.
Mitsubishi Pajero 1

Vessels - The Coast Guard’s five engines purchased in 2003 remain in good condition. The H920 RHIB’s compressor is not working and they have had to borrow the compressor from the 733 RHIB in order to keep the H920 operational. The 733 RHIB is having a new collar installed and is being repainted. One Boston Whaler is being refurbished and awaiting a new propeller.

Coast Guard
H920 RHIB 1
733 RHIB 1
Boston Whaler 2

Computer Equipment – The FIU uses one laptop, three printers and one scanner. Two laptops, one fax machine and four computers have reached the end of their useful life. Their i2 Analyst’s Notebook needs to be upgraded. The Drug Squad uses one server, two computers, and two palm pilots which are in fair condition. The projector is still in need of a new bulb.

Uniforms and Field Gear - The Police Force uses 250 police caps and belts and 150 flashlights, which are distributed throughout the police force and they are in fair condition. Four-hundred-thirty sets of uniforms and 150 reflective vests, purchased in 2004, have reached the end of their useful life. The Drug Squad has binoculars, body armor, a digital camcorder, batons, flashlights and night vision goggles, which are all in fair condition. Four binoculars and one NVG are located in Carriacou. The Police Special Branch uses body armor, micro- cassette recorders and a GPS receiver which are all in good condition.

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

Martinique

Vessels – The French Coast Guard uses on DF98 Lafayette boat, which is in fair condition. It will be retired in 2010 and replaced with an Interceptor vessel using local government funds.

Coast Guard
DF98 Lafayette boat 1

Regional Security System

Vehicles - The Administration Section uses two Suzuki APV vans, which are in good condition. One 2002 Isuzu double cabin pickup purchased for the C-26 Air Wing is in fair condition.

The Administration Section
Suzuki APV vans 2

Air Wing
Isuzu double cab 1

Aircraft - The RSS Air Wing has two C-26 aircraft, both of which are operational but awaiting repairs to their radars.

Air Wing
C-26 2

Vessels - One Zodiac H920 RHIB is located at the RSS Training Unit awaiting transfer to Barbados, as the RSSTU has closed down.

RSS Training Unit
Zodiac H920 RHIB 1

Computer Equipment - The Administration Section uses two laptops and two projectors for classroom training sessions. The RSSTU has one scanner and one fax machine, but the unit has closed. One computer and three printers at the C-26 Air Wing have reached the end of their useful life.

Communications Equipment - The pilot headsets at the Air Wing are in fair condition. Their hand held radios have reached the end of their useful life.

Uniforms and Field Gear - The C-26 Air Wing uses sixteen aircrew survival vests, life preservers, flight suits, boots, rescue light, rescue mirrors, a digital camera and camcorder. Chain saws, two 20' x 40' tents, night vision goggles, rope, binoculars, machetes, jerry cans, GPS receivers at RSS Operations are used for marijuana eradication operations and were used in eradicating over one million plants in 2009.

Miscellaneous Equipment – There are lockers, one shredder, ten filing cabinets, twelve utility tables, thirty two classroom chairs, one lectern, one coffee table, one living room suite, mattresses, folding tables, folding chairs, two washing machines, two dryers and a 25 ton air conditioner condensing unit at the RSSTU in Antigua. The RSSTU has closed down but no decision has been made about what they will be doing with the times as of yet. Two refrigerators, two televisions, two VCRs, a TV stand, radio cassette, refrigerator, lawn mower, wee-whacker and eleven air conditioners are used by the C-26 Air Wing and are in fair condition.

Program Impact

Barbados- The NAS provided equipment has contributed to the seizure of 78 kg of cocaine, 3,989 kg of marijuana, a total of 14 drug related arrests, and the eradication of 7,212 marijuana plants.

Dominica - The NAS provided equipment contributed to a total of 195 drug-related arrests, the seizure of 1,415 kg of marijuana, and 30.5 kg of cocaine and the eradication of 5,280 marijuana plants.

St. Lucia- The NAS provided equipment has contributed to a total of 270 drug related arrests, the seizure of 540 kg of marijuana and 93 kg of cocaine and the eradication of 120,000 marijuana plants between January and September 2009.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines – The NAS provided equipment has contributed to the seizure of 8 kg of cocaine, 8,911 kg of marijuana, a total of 427 drug related arrests and the eradication of 9,541,094 marijuana plants.

Antigua and Barbuda - The NAS provided equipment contributed to a total of 149 drug related arrests, the seizure of 496 kg of marijuana, 2.3 kg of cocaine and the eradication of 11,601 marijuana plants.

St. Kitts and Nevis - The NAS provided equipment contributed to a total of 150 drug related arrests and the eradication of 104,571 marijuana plants.

Grenada - The NAS provided equipment contributed to a total of 242 drug related arrests, the seizure of 6 kg of cocaine, 460 kg of marijuana and the eradication of 22,037 marijuana plants.

Regional Security - The NAS-provided equipment has resulted in 51 drug related arrests, the seizure of 640 lbs. of cocaine, 4,663 lbs. of marijuana, $360,000 cash, and 13 vessels in 2009. Equipment provided resulted in the eradication of over one million marijuana plants.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan (CAP)

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 Squads have had to depend on other agencies to loan them a vehicle.

The reduction in funding has also hampered the mobility at the Air wing which resulted in fewer Intel missions flown, than were required. Also, there are challenges in keeping both aircraft serviceable. Joint training is required with the Air wing, Coast Guard and Drug Squad from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in communications and control issues to better execute interdiction operations. The British recently discontinued training assistance for the RSSTU in Antigua forcing it to close its doors. The RSS are hoping to move the training unit to Barbados, whose maritime facility is adequate for this purpose but all RSS countries have not yet agreed. When funding is available, NAS Bridgetown targets procurements to meet the needs of a unit at a given time.

Lack of Maintenance and Spare Parts

There is a continuing problem with maintenance of vessels and computers, which severely hampers their operations. Host government agencies lack spare parts, replacement engines and repair facilities, for electronics leading to backlogs of items in need of repair. St. Lucia has continuing problems with the engines for the H920 RHIB and this severely effectiveness and in some cases they have had to abandon high speed chases. Skill and experience levels among various agencies and units varies widely as well as, their ability to use sophisticated equipment.

Grenada – The Drug Squad office is situated in a small building which is incapable of accommodating its 31 members and most of their law enforcement equipment remains in storage for long periods of time.

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.

Overall, incidents of theft and misuse of equipment is rare.


KINGSTON

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Nicole Specians, Tel. 876-702-6085; speciansne@state.gov

Inventory System

NAS keeps records in an Excel spreadsheet. NAS is working with Embassy Management to integrate its inventory into ILMS. All GOJ agencies in receipt of equipment and services report the status of the equipment and the value of the services, on a monthly basis or on a frequency prescribed by the Narcotics Affairs Section. Representatives from BAS, ICE and DEA visits various GOJ locations, while donations are given to verify the use of the equipment.

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/ACB-Jamaica Constabulary Force Anti-Corruption Branch
JCF-NIB Jamaica Constabulary Force National Intelligence Branch/Kingfish
JCF-OCID Jamaica Constabulary Organized Crime Division
JCF Firearm and Use of Force Group-Twickenham Park Training
JDF Jamaica Defense Force
JDF/AW Jamaica Defense Force Air Wing
JDF/CG Jamaica Defense Coast Guard
JDF/MIU Jamaica Defense Force Military Intelligence Unit
CET-Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team
FID-Financial Investigative Divisions (Ministry of Finance)
JCF-VIU-Video Identification Unit
JCF-MP- Jamaica Constabulary Force Marine Police
JCF-TNCND- Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division
First Jamaica Regiment-Buccaneer Operation
JFAT- Jamaica Fugitive Apprehension Team

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 inspections, conditions to remove the equipment from the designated location to another and disposal of the equipment.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

At least once per year, on-site inspections are conducted from September through December. Inspections are completed to observe the state of the equipment and to ensure that they are being used by the organization for the intention in which they were procured. The commodities are assembled to facilitate efficient review by NAS staff.

Three hundred fifty (350) INL-donated items were subject to inspection. Post monitored 100% of the items.

04/07/2009 - Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard
12/09/2009 - Jamaica Constabulary Force (Vetted Unit)
12/15/2009 - Jamaica Constabulary Force (Narcotics and Transnational Crime Unit)
11/20/2009 - Jamaica Constabulary Force (Organized Crime)
01/19/2009 - Jamaica Defense Force (Intelligence Unit)
12/01/2009 - Jamaica Defense Force (Moneague Training Camp-Buccaneer Operations)
09/02/2009 - Jamaica Defense Force Air Wing
11/25/2009 - Video Identification Units
10/07/2009 - Mandeville Police Station
09/03/2009 - Ocho Rios Police Station
11/25/2009 - Christ Alive Christian Center
01/23/2009 - Financial Investigation Division

Status-Commodities

Computer Equipment

Six desktop computers are located at the Airport Interdiction Task Force (AITF) building. The server for this building has been installed and is being utilized. Post monitored the installation process and is satisfied the equipment is being used appropriately.

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. In 2009, NAS trained approximately fifteen members of the JCF to use the i2 software.

Three Scanners: One is at the JDF/CG and two are at the NIB/Kingfish. They are all used in support of operations.

One server is installed in the JDF CG operations room. The server is defective and needs to be replaced.

There is one uninterrupted power supply located at the JDF CG. This is used for the purposes intended.

In May 2007, the following items were donated to the Financial Investigation Division; one power edge server, four KVM converters, one cabinet, one network storage array, ten Optiflex GX745 mini-towers three Cisco Catalyst 2960G-48TC, two routers, two port serial Wan interface cards and one HP LaserJet printer.

Office Equipment

Four photo copy machines, one each at the JDF/CG, Contraband Enforcement Team (CET), Jamaica Fugitive Apprehension Team (JFAT) and the Narcotics police office at the Kingston Airport. The one at the JDF/CG needs to be replaced.

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 is at JFAT and eight are at the JCF/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.

Weapons

The 260 M-16 rifles are held by the JCF. The JCF has continued the process of changing out their M16 rifles for MP5s four routine police operations. They will use M16 rifles for special operations. The JCF has kept the 260 M16 weapons for training purposes.

There are two firearm training simulator machines at JCF. A new simulator machine was purchased in 2008 for the Jamaica Constabulary Force and it is located at the training facility at Twickenhap Park St. Catherine. A used machined that once belonged to the JCF was refurbished and is now at the JDF facility in Kingston.

JCF
M-16 rifles 260

Communications Equipment

All communications equipment is obsolete and has been removed from inventory.

Vehicles

Thirty-eight right hand drive motor vehicles of varying models have been donated to the GOJ over the period 2006-2008. They are used in support of counternarcotics operations, transportation of fugitives and other law enforcement personnel border control duties and to support inner city drug free programs.

A Toyota, involved in an accident during an operation was not economically viable to repair. It was sold and the funds returned to INL for use to purchase equipment for counternarcotics related operations for the Jamaica Defense Force.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force was given permission to sell four of their vehicles which are over ten years old. All other vehicles are in good condition.

JDF
Truck 2
Toyota sedan 3
Van 1
SUV 2

JCF
SUV 13
Toyota sedan 8
Panel van 1
Truck 2

CET
Toyota Sedan 1
Nissan 3

Vessels

Four Sea Ark vessels were donated to the Jamaica Defense Force Coast guard in 1992 and 1993. They were purchased for inshore patrol duties. Two of the vessels were refurbished in 2005 one of which is operational while the other needs minor repairs. Only the hulls of the other two vessels are useful.

The NAS gave the JDF headquarters permission to dispose of the three Coastal Interceptors donated to the JDF CG in 2002/2003. However, to date they have not been disposed of.

The Rigid Inflatable Hull craft was donated to the Jamaica Defence Coast Guard. It is used to deploy troops in small concealed spaces which are usually covered in the Mangrove swamps.

Ten life rafts were donated to the Jamaica Defense Force. Four are at JDF/AW and the others are at the JDF/CG. The rafts are due to be returned to the manufacturer for repackaging and re-certification.

The Jamaica Defense Force Air wing received two rescue baskets in 2004. They have been deployed in all Search and Rescue operations. They have been utilized in ten flood operations and used in the rescue of 25 souls.

One egress trainer was donated to the JDF/AW in 2004. It is used every six months for Requalification training of air crews.

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

JDF Coast Guard
Sea Ark-40-ft 4
Coastal Interceptors 3
Rigid Inflatable Hull craft 1
Rubber life rafts 6

JDF Air Wing
Rubber Life rafts 4

Miscellaneous Equipment

One domestic sewing machine donated at the JDF/AW, Up Park Camp. The machine is used to repair canopies for trucks, safety belts and other related products.

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.

Seven binoculars, five day and one night vision are at the NIB Kingfish and one standard binocular is at JFAT.

Four Night storm floatable binoculars and two standard binoculars are located at the JDF headquarters.

Two Night vision goggles, three FLIR and three canon stabilized binoculars are at the JDF/CG.

One Handyman SR 1558560 Camcorder is used by NIB officers for operations.

Four cameras are located at the JDF/CG and four are at the JDF/Air wing.

One generator is located at station Port Morant and the other is at JDF/CG Cagway. The 400 gallon water tank was damaged and needs replacement. The purification system is presently out of commission and is being worked on.

One Wilson generator and two air condition units are located at the JDF/CG. The air conditioners are in need of service. The JDF has indicated they will repair one of the non-functioning a/c units.

There are six GPS maps, 186 Admiralty charts and one marine travel lift, in need of repair, at the JDF/CG.

One oscilloscope is situated at the JDF/CG.

One heavy duty chain saw is at the JDF/AW.

There are approximately 20 serviceable brush cutters available for “Buccaneer” Operations. NAS is due to purchase new equipment for both the JCF and the JDF to eradicate marijuana.

A decompression chamber is at the JDF/CG and is needs repair.

Two metal detectors and one hand held vapor tracer machine are at CET. One metal detector was destroyed, the other is in use. The CET never adequately utilized the vapor trace, so it was removed and awaiting assistance from the supplier for utilization.

Program Impact

Seizures and Arrests

In 2009, there was a 68% decline in the seizure of cured cannabis and 31% increase in the eradication of matured plants compared with 2009. However, there was only a slight decrease of .67% in the movement of cocaine and 65% of increase of crack cocaine seizures. Local arrests for narcotics offences also increased by 21% while foreign arrests declined by 33%.

Vessels

The Sea Ark 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)

Outdated Equipment

Hardware and software were purchased to record all persons who enter and leave Jamaica by air at both international airports. The equipment is deemed outdated, as it has outgrown its capacity and there is little technical support in Jamaica for the system.

Software and hardware was purchased to record all persons who enter and leave Jamaica by air at both International Airports. The Equipment is deemed outdated, as it has outgrown its capacity and there is little technical support in Jamaica for the system. The NAS is unable to replace the system at this time.

Personnel

In 2009, a large sum of money was missing from the FID and the management staff was relieved of their positions. No one was arrested or charged for the irregularities. There has been high turnover with management level personnel. NAS requested that the GOJ engage and provide more oversight to the hiring process by instating a more rigorous vetting process, this was denied after several meetings with the Minister of Finance.

A visit to the FID demonstrated that unit was significantly under staffed; however, all but one piece of equipment listed was being used, one new Router and a used computer. The Director at FID was given two weeks to either put the router into service or return it to NAS for use elsewhere. They are currently completing a project to remodel an office space to assign the computer to a staff member. The Director stated that the FID was in the process of hiring staff with the aim of expanding and fulfilling the mandate of the organization.


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 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. The Embassy has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the GCB regarding the use of certain equipment.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

The NAS and the DEA staff monitor 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 NAS performed 21 on-site inspections as follows:

04/2009 - Andros Island
10/2009 - Turks and Caicos Island
07/2009 - Freeport RPDF Drug Enforcement Unit
08/2009 - Freeport RPDF Drug enforcement Unit
01/2009 - DEU Surveillance Center
03/2009 - DEU Surveillance Center
05/2009 - DEU Surveillance Center
07/2009 - DEU Surveillance Center
09/2009 - DEU Surveillance Center
11/2009 - DEU Surveillance Center
02/2009 - Oakes Field
01/2009 - RBDF Marine Unit
03/2009 - RBDF Marine Unit
05/2009 - RBDF Marine Unit
07/2009 - RBDF Marine Unit
09/2009 - RBDF Marine Unit
11/2009 - RBDF Marine Unit
01/2009 - National Drug Council
03/2009 - National Drug Council
06/2009 - National Drug Council
08/2009 - National Drug Council

Approximately 42 items were subject to End Use Monitoring. The percentage of donated items personally inspected by NAS, DEA, and USCG personnel in 2009 was about 98%.

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. The percentage of donated items monitored using additional secondary methods is about 10 percent.

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

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 2009, NAS upgraded the radar, GPS, and safety equipment on the Avenger based in Freeport.

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 assets, and saving engine time and maintenance costs. All are used for the proper purpose and show only wear and tear.

Turks and Caicos Police
43-ft Nor-Tech 2
39-ft. Avenger 1

OPBAT Site Facilities

OBAT structures are jointly used by USG personnel, Bahamian and Turks and Caicos law enforcement offices. In 2009, the NAS funded a portion of the maintenance and operational costs of the Oakes field and Great Inagua sites. The costs were for commodities/services used by host nation personnel. 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 contracts.

Uniforms and Field Gear

In 2008, the NAS funded the purchase of eight Foster-Miller “Boat Taps.” The boat taps are non-lethal nets designed to disable a vessel traveling at high-speed. To date, none of the traps have been deployed, though they are in excellent condition.

Training

This year, the NAS sponsored Narcotics Investigations Training for the EU, Foster Miller boat trap training for the DEU; electronic surveillance training for the DEU; Boading Officer training the Turks and Caicos Marine Police; Helicopter Emergency Egress training for host country OPBAT participants; Polygraph Examiner training for the RBPF, and Nor-Tech Operations and Maintenance Training for the DEU Marine Unit.

Canines

The NAS donated narcotics detection canines have died.

Status-Services

Construction Projects

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

Demand Reduction Services

The NAS provided funding to continue the NDC’s drug free school initiative and to conduct a series of anti-drug workshops and lesson plans for school teachers.

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.

Vehicles

The SUV donated to the RTCPF is being used to combat drug trafficking and migrant smuggling.

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)

N/A

PORT-AU-PRINCE

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

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

Inventory System

The EUM inventory system is an excel database subdivided in four categories: Vehicles, Radio Equipment, computer Equipment and Miscellaneous Equipment. The spreadsheet includes the item description, serial number, donation date, location of the item and condition. The NAS also requests updates from the Haitian National Police (HNP) for reporting purposes.

Staff Member Responsibilities

The Program Specialist is responsible for End Use Monitoring. She is assisted by two Program Assistants, an Inventory Clerk, and a PAE logistics representative at the Police Academy. The NAS Director, the Senior Police Advisor, and the Deputy Police Advisor also participate in the inspection of donated items as part of their regular site visits.

The Inventory Clerk insures the items are cleared out of Customs by the Embassy shipping office; coordinates their proper delivery or storage maintains the inventory database; delivers donations; and makes sure that hand receipts of documents are signed by the people physically receiving the donations. The donation letters are prepared by the Program Assistants who follow up on their proper signing and filing. The Logistics Representative, hired through PAE, is the stock keeper at the Police Academy

Other U.S. Agency Assistance

PAE
DynCorp
Military Liaison Office (MLO)
Coast Guard Liaison Office (CGLO)
DEA

Counterpart Agencies

The Haitian National Police (HNP)

Receipt

For each donation of equipment, a donation letter detailing the description of the item, uses, and location is signed by the NAS Director and by the HNP’s Director of General Administration. The individual physically receiving the items signs a hand receipt document. In the donation letter, it is stated that the equipment has to be use for the intended purpose and that official written notification is required in the case of equipment transfer and/or disposal. In the case of perishables, only a hand receipt document is signed.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

In 2009, the NAS performed 14 scheduled and 14 unscheduled on-site inspections in nine counterpart sites as follows:

02/05/2009 - HNP Police Academy
02/27/2009 - HNP Police Academy
08/18/2009 - HNP Police Academy
09/29/2009 - HNP Police Academy
11/17/2009 - HNP Police Academy
01/11/2009 - SIU
12/16/2009 - SIU
01/08/2009 - DCPJ
09/29/2009 - DCPJ
10/04/2009 - DCPJ
11/12/2009 - DCPJ
02/05/2009 - HNP Headquarters
08/15/2009 - HNP Headquarters
09/11/2009 - HNP Headquarters
12/26/2009 - HNP Headquarters
10/01/2009 - Coast Guard Killick Base
09/09/2009 - PV Women Prison
12/05/2009 - PV Women Prison
01/28/2009 - Commissariat Cite Soleil
03/10/2009 - Commissariat Cite Soleil
03/25/2009 - Commissariat Cite Soleil
06/11/2009 - Commissariat Cite Soleil
07/11/2009 - Commissariat Cite Soleil
05/14/2009 - National Penitentiary
05/21/2009 - National Penitentiary
11/20/2009 - National Penitentiary

A total of 1,011 donated items are subject to inspections. Approximately forty percent (40%) of the items were personally inspected.

Secondary Methods of Monitoring Resource Status

The HNP provide NAS information concerning the donated equipment distributed throughout the country. NAS bases its reporting partly on information given by the HNP and compares it to NAS data. Seventy percent (70%) of the donated equipment is monitored using the secondary method. For the equipment located in remote areas, the HNP report is compared with NAS inventory.

Status-Commodities

Vessels

In 2009, the USG donated three Edouardo 250 HP Mercury Fast Boats to the Haitian Coast Guards. One is out of order and is having an engine change in Cap Haitian; the other two are working in good condition at Killick base. The two Zodiac Hurricanes 558 Watercrafts donated in 2008 by the NAS to the HHP for use at the Coast Guard Killick base are not in order.

Coast Guard (HNP)
Zodiac 558 Rigid Hull Inflatable 2
Edouardo 250 HP Mercury Fleet 3

Vehicles

In 2009, the NAS donated ten Ford Rangers to be used at the Cite Soleil Commissariat, nine out of the ten cars are in good condition, with the exception of one (I-453) that needs immediate technical repair. The following vehicles: two Toyota Prado, one Toyota Land Cruiser donated to the BLTS and one Pathfinder to the DCPJ in 2008, are operating but are in poor condition. One (1) armored SWAT truck, one Chevrolet Kodiak 550 and one (1) Heavy Duty Roll back tow Truck, donated by the NAS to the Haitian National Police in 2007, are functioning but are in poor condition. Of the 69 Ford Rangers, left of the original 70 donated in 2006, 20 are in the provinces and are in bad condition. Out of the 49 Ford Rangers located in Port-au-Prince, 24 are out of order and need to be repaired.

Of the 40 ATV’s, five are out-of-order and need to be repaired and two are still under the rubble. Out of the Kawasaki motorcycles donated in 2007, 83 are in functioning, but poor condition and100 are out of order. Seventy-seven (77) are easily repairable; 23 are severely damaged and may not be able to be repaired; and four are under rubble.

The 38 Dodge Ram pickup trucks donated in 2004 are mostly out of order and are not in service.

The three motorcycles donated to the SIU are in fair condition.

The six (6) vehicles donated to the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) - three Ford Rangers Super Cab pickup trucks, one Honda Pilot SUV, one Nissan X-Terra SUV, one Nisan Pathfinder SUV are in fair condition.

Cite Soleil Commissariat
Ford Rangers 10

BLTS
Toyota Prado 2
Toyota Land cruiser 1

DCPJ
Nissan Pathfinder 1

HNP (Haitian National Police)
Chevy flat bed tow truck 1
Chevrolet Kodiac 1
Dodge Ram 38
SWAT vehicle Ford F 550XL 1
Ford Ranger 69
Motorcycles 287
Kawasaki motorcycle 160
ATVs 38

Special Investigative Unit
Ford Ranger 3
Honda Pilot 1
Nissan Pathfinder 1
Nissan X-terra 1
Yamaha motorcycle 3

Computer Equipment

In June 2009, the NAS donated to the BLTS-5 HP office jet 6310 printers and 6 HP530 laptops, 3 HP compact DC7700 computers.

The internet system donated to the SIU in 2007, including one (1) HN 700 Direct Way Satellite .98 meter dish and one (1) HN 7000 HUGHSNET MODEM is in fair condition. The Digital Photographic Work Station including one (1) computer Dell Precision workstation 490 with a 19” Monitor, one (1) Epson Scanner, (1) one Xerox Phaser Color Printer donated to the Forensic Lab all are accounted for. The computers donated in 2004 are all out of order and are not repairable.

Communications Equipment

Of the 140 radios distributed in 2007, no radios were reported missing by the HNP. The HNP has not yet made an assessment of the mobile radio situation after the earthquake. Of the 78 radio bases installed in 2006 and 2007, 35 are out of order and need to be repaired.

Miscellaneous Equipment

In 2009, the NAS donated 12 Mobile Light towers and 48 units of halide spare bulbs. They are in new condition. The six donated last year are in fair condition. The NAS donated two water pumps to the Coast Guard Killick base.

For furnishing the Cite Soleil Commissariat, the NAS donated: two inverter systems, 24 solar panels, four floor fans, five air conditioner slip units, furniture (200 folding chairs, 28 visitor office chairs, 10 desk chairs, 16 conference chairs, one conference table, 20 cafeteria tables, four IT tables, 11 small desks, two executive desks, four storage cabinets, 57 beds, 33 lockers and 10 bookcases, kitchen equipment (two commercial refrigerators, two commercial freezers, 11 piece cookware set, 100 aluminum plates, glasses, bowls, cups) office supplies (staplers, staple removers, folders, hanging folders, organizers, pens), miscellaneous supplies (mattresses, pillows, sheets, pillow cases, trash cans, towels, mops, brooms, hampers).

The miscellaneous equipment donated in 2008; the 60 KW Generator, 150KW for use at the Cite Soleil Commissariat, one (1) 125 KW to the SIU, one (1) 25 KW generator to the Women’s Prison In Petion-Ville, the 25KW diesel generator donated in 2007 and the superpump 1/2/2 HP to maintain the pool at Killick base, the four laminating machines are in good condition. The refrigerator provided to the National Penitentiary is out of order. The ion scanner for use by the Haitian National Police Counternarcotics Unit (BLTS) is still at the DEA Office in good condition but needing service.

Status-Services

Construction Projects

The Infirmary at the National Penitentiary - 100% completed.
The Instructor’s barracks, road and drainage work at the Police Academy -90% completed.

Professional Services

Administered 13 polygraphs, to seven members of the BAFE and six members of the UCREF.

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 10 vehicles donated to the Cite Soleil Commissariat contribute to the reduction in crime and kidnapping cases and insures that the gangs do not reorganize themselves in Soleil. The vehicles also allow the police to respond to the needs of this highly populated commune and the surrounding areas.

Miscellaneous Equipment

The miscellaneous equipment such as the light towers, improve the police visibility and ability to work in remote and high crime area, especially where there is no electricity. It also adds to the professionalism of the Police.

Construction Projects

The refurbishing of the infirmary at the men’s prison is intended to improve the health condition of the prisoners who are currently living in inhumane conditions. The construction of the barracks at the Academy is intended to improve the living conditions of the instructors at the Police Academy.

Vessels

The three vessels donated in FY09, to the Coast Guard, increase the frequency of the Coast Guards patrols, leading to an improvement in interdiction activities.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan

Repair and Maintenance of Commodities

Of the78 radio bases installed in Haiti, at least 35 were reportedly out of order at times over the course of the past year. The communications system needs to be repaired in many areas. For the system to be fully operational, all the bases should be functioning. The problem is caused by the absence of regular maintenance and the lack of expertise in country to repair the radios. For most repairs, the equipment needs to be shipped to Miami back and returned to post.

In the post earthquake period, the NAS has worked intensively to get the HNP communications team together with an FCC team, technicians from the U.S. coast Guard and with Motorola to find a solution to the HNP communication problems. As of this report, the radio network is operating better than before the quake although many maintenance problems remain.

Vehicle maintenance also remains a problem at the HNP, and the hard use without proper maintenance of the equipment by the officers is the major cause of the deterioration of the police fleet. The absence of trainers and professional mechanics makes it difficult for the HNP to keep all its cars and motorcycles functioning. Training the mechanics and setting up a property maintenance garage remains a need for the HNP. The NAS had intended to assist in this matter in 2009, but did not do so due to implementation of higher priority projects.

The two Zodiac boats located at the Coast Guard Killick base are still not repaired and technicians at post cannot fix them. The MLO had planned to return them to Zodiac for repair. The NAS will keep pressing this issue with the MLOP until the boats are either repaired or determined to be irreparable.

The police reported the difficulties they have in maintaining the light towers since the as filters cannot be found on the market. In 2010, the NAS will provide the police with a stock of gas filters for the light towers and will explore more appropriate alternatives such as solar light towers.

The HNP still does not officially dispose of its defective equipment. In 2009, the NAS addressed this issue without success. In 2010, NAS will work with the HNP to identify equipment that has completed its life cycle or that is irreparable to address its disposal in accordance with INL regulations.

Other Problems

In 2009, the major problem NAS found was in the delay in terminating the construction of the instructors’ barracks at the Police Academy. The work was delayed by many months for many reasons including the absence of appropriate safety hand railings, smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and a contract dispute over who was to install the final items. The delays were caused by the lack of supervision and the weakness of the contract specifications and the matter of mandatory safety requirements which were not listed in the construction request. The NAS has asked INL to revise the contract so that PAE will complete the work. Once that is done, the NAS can release the contractor and the U.S. embassy can officially dedicate the building to the GOH for use.

This report was collected prior to the January 12 earthquake; therefore, some of the equipment accounted for above may well have been damaged or destroyed. It is impossible for the NAS and the HNP to recheck all of the items. The HNP was heavily affected, suffering numerous human and infrastructure losses. The NAS will need to provide significant support to the HNP in the future.


PORT OF SPAIN

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Ebony Custis, Tel. 868-822-5922; custise@state.gov

Inventory System

SBU Inventory System: Post retains copies of receiving reports for all resources distributed to host government agencies. Post currently uses an Excel database to record and track the distribution of all resources. The following agencies will assist in reviews and verify the condition of resources: MLO, DEA and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Staff Member EUM Responsibilities

EUM Program Coordinator and an INL Specialist

Other USG Agency Assistance

Military Liaison Officer
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
U.S. Customs

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 Task 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

Receipt

Each recipient of INL-Funded equipment is given the “Guidelines for INL-Provided Equipment Receipt”. Resources provided to the GOTT are monitored primarily through quarterly reports to the Embassy that detail the location, status and use of the equipment, as required by USG-GOTT Letters of Agreement. Handwritten receipts are used to document the provision of items provided.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

There were four (4) unscheduled and twenty (20) scheduled on-site inspections at ten (10) counterpart sites as follows:

02/09/2009 - Canine Academy
02/09/2009 - Judiciary
02/09/2009 - OCNFB
03/09/2009 - OCNFB
03/09/2009 - Customs
03/09/2009 - TIPS
03/09/2009 - TTDF
03/09/2009 - Airport Authority
05/09/2009 - TTCG
05/09/2009 - Canine Academy
05/09/2009 - Piparo
06/09/2009 - St. James/Carenage Police Youth Club
06/09/2009 - CDCFT
06/09/2009 - TTPS
11/09/2009 - Customs
11/09/2009 - OCNFB
11/09/2009 - St. Clair Coaching School
11/09/2009 - Air Guard
11/09/2009 - SERVOL
04/09/2009 - NICC
06/09/2009 - TTDF
06/09/2009 - Coast Guard
06/09/2009 - Canine Academy

About 250 items were subject to inspection. Seventy percent (70%) 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 was not operational in 2009 and has completed its useful life.

Both Piper Navajos have been disposed of.

Both of the C-26 aircraft remained in serviceable condition throughout 2009 and completed exercises. One of the other aircraft underwent upgrades to the maritime radar, avionics air conditioning, as part of an enhancement contract funded by the GOTT.

Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard
Cessna 2
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 is not salvageable and disposal will take place this year. The second vessel was operational during 2009.

The four 82-ft Class Patrol Craft were operational in 2009 and conducted regular patrols off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago. Three vessels are headquartered in Trinidad, and the fourth vessel is headquartered in Tobago. One of the vessels is outfitted with complete radar, and electronic package, as well as 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 use these vessels for counternarcotics and law enforcement interdiction operations.

Three of the four Combat Rigid Raiding Craft (CRRC) were fully operational during 2009. The engines on these craft have been overhauled. These craft were used extensively in maritime interdiction operational around Trinidadian waters.

Both of the 40 ft interceptors were fully functional during 2009.

The 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 are not salvageable. The Board of Survey has not yet determined disposal requirements.

Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard
82-foot Class Patrol craft 4
Combat Raiding Craft 4
Bowen go-fast boats 2
Zodiac (RHIBS) 3
40-foot intercepters 2

Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise
29-foot Phantom interceptors 2
30-foot Boston Whaler 1

The six night-scopes were in use and fully operational in 2009. The TTCG and its Special Naval Unit shared 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 the hand-held Global Positioning System receivers were fully functioning and in use throughout 2009.

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 allowed 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 2
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. Each branch was reportedly given 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 computer in Tobago is functioning but is not in use due to the lack of ASYCUDA software, a Customs management system.

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 El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), while the other serves as a backup.

The computer and copier provided to the OCNFB are housed at the Piarco Airport. Each has 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 copier’s useful life has expired but it has not yet been disposed of.

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, decreasing trial time by 50% and production of the Notes of Evidence for Judgment and appeals by the same.

All of the computers and other equipment are fully functional and are deployed at the St. George West Magistrates Court and the Supreme Court. The TTGOV further expanded this project with the purchase of 48 additional systems between 2005-2008, thereby allowing for the complete installation at the Magistrates’ Courts. It is anticipated that all courtrooms within the Judiciary will be fully equipped by the end of 2011.

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 requirements.

Canines

Four explosive detection canines arrived in country in June 2005; two 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 a total of six dogs. All of the dogs continue to be used extensively at the airports and other pints 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. They have assisted in the capture of over 25kg of marijuana and approximately 5kg of cocaine. 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.

Miscellaneous

The two U.S. Customs radars donated in 2001 continue to provide the GOTT with information vital to detecting, tracking and intercepting vessels and aircraft suspected of narcotics trafficking. The radar system, via real-time feeds, allows the NICC to coordinate the interdiction of vessels suspected of narcotics trafficking, as well as vessels suspected of fisheries violations.

The kool kube, battering ram, handcuffs, tape recorders, binoculars, bullet proof vests (70), camera kit, chainsaws, electronic surveillance equipment, Night Vision Goggles and brush cutters are all operational and in use by the OCNU. All equipment is kept at headquarters and assigned for specific missions; it is not distributed to individual officer. 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.

Three of the four digital cameras provided to TTPS are functioning. 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.

INL provided 70 bulletproof vests which protect TTPS 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 are used by the Piparo residents.

The TV and the VCR provided to the Police Youth Club have significantly increased the number of children exposed to the counter drug videos. Having the equipment on-site has allowed greater flexibility in terms of when videos can be shown. All of the items are in good condition and were in use throughout the year.

The Ion scanner provided to the Airport Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (T&TEC) remains minimally operational due to power surges that damage the sensitive equipment.

Program Impact

The GOTT conducted marijuana eradication operations, resulting in the capture of 2,092 kg of cannabis. Additionally, the GOTT 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 practice in the coming year. Benefiting from INL-funded equipment and training, GOTT law enforcement agencies apprehended 43 couriers at airports attempting to smuggle narcotics into the United States. Drug officials have noticed an increase in utilizing drug mules for smuggling. According to GOTT law enforcement personnel, marijuana eradication operations occurred almost daily. The GOTT provided significant resources for the TTAG by upgrading its two C-26 aircraft with maritime sensor packages. Post noted that GOTT law enforcement entities and DEA jointly initiated six ongoing investigations in 2009. Additionally, the Defense force participated in their first JIATT south joint operation, Carib venture, in October 2009.

Aircraft

The Cessna and C-26 aircraft flew 285 missions, logging over 394 flying hours, which included patrol, support, and 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 utilized. 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 90 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 2009, Customs officials conducted more than 170 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 65% 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 filed. This reduces the court 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.

Only two of the Counterdrug and Crime Task Force (CDCTF) computer are being used at this time for storage purposes. However, due to the age of the computers, (13 yrs) they have served their useful life and need to be disposed of and be replaced 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 (IPO) has successfully captured and validated all patent and trademark records and continues to 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 over 200 exercises resulting in the seizure of 25kg of marijuana and 5kg of cocaine.

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. The computer equipment is being used to help members with their studies and to teach basic computer skills. These skills continue to enhance their ability to obtain future employment, rather than potentially get involved in drug trafficking.

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. Future LOAs 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 encourage the equipment’s use.

Disposal of Commodities

Due to technological advancements, normal shelf life, and cost of maintenance; GOTT has several items that need to be disposed of. Post offered assistance to the GOTT on these matters and now intends to work with GSO and INL Wash to have the commodities disposed of by the end of the current year.

Other Problems

Equipment reports from the GOTT are not always accurate; consequently, End Use Monitoring is time-consuming. Post is otherwise unaware of any significant problems in the course of the year’s equipment use.

The INL program employs a full time INL Specialist to staff the office and to monitor equipment use. In spite of meetings with officials responsible for compiling data for the end use report, Post continues to experience delays in receiving the necessary reports from GOTT counterparts. The GOTT requires that the Office of the Minister of National Security approve all reports. This procedure causes significant delays. Post is otherwise unaware of any significant problems in the course of the years equipment use.

Adequate staffing remains the biggest obstacle in narcotics and law enforcement. The GOTT continues to take steps to ease their manpower shortage, but some government entities still do not have the required manpower to gully use the INL-funded services and commodities provided.

SANTO DOMINGO

Background

EUM Program Coordinator

Roberto Elias 809-731-5006, eliasrr@state.gov

Inventory System

The inventory of donated property is tracked via an Excel spreadsheet.

Staff Member Responsibilities

Director, Narcotics Affairs Section and Program Assistants are also responsible for End Use Monitoring. The NAS program is in the process of expanding. Two new Locally Engaged Staff (LES) positions have been added, one of which will be responsible for end use monitoring. In addition, a new Personal Service contractor (PSC) has also been hired.

Other USG Assistance

USG agencies/office assisting with EUM include; DEA, ICE, CBP, RSO, and FBI. These agencies periodically visit Dominican receipient offices and verify the proper use and condition of equipment acquired using INL funding.

Counterpart Agencies

Dominican National Police (DNP)
Dominican National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD)
Prosecutor General’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU)
Specialized Port Security Corps (CESEP)
Specialized Airport Security Corps (CESA)
National Drug council (CND)
Domina Navy Intelligence
Financial Analysis Unit (UAF)

Receipt

A signature and date is required by the authorized host government person receiving the donation on a DS-127. For items delivered directly to the host government agency receiving the donation, a written receipt is made on letterhead of the GODR office stating quantities, models, serial numbers, specifications of the goods, date, name and a signature are required on the receipt. For services rendered, upon completion of the work an inspection is made and if in compliance, initials of the responsible person are obtained and are recorded.

Monitoring Procedures

On-site Inspections

There were two scheduled and eleven unscheduled inspections performed at 13 sites in 2009.

08/12/2009 - Supreme Court
09/04/2009 - DNCD
09/18/2009 - Financial Analysis Unit
09/20/2009 - Financial Analysis Unit
09/30/2009 - Financial Analysis Unit
10/01/2009 - DNCD
10/23/2009 - DNCD
10/18/2009 - DNCD
10/27/2009 - DNCD
12/02/2009 - DNCD
12/14/2009 - DNP
12/16/2009 - DNP
12/23/2009 - DNP

Secondary Methods of Monitoring Resource Status

Other secondary methods of monitoring resources include reviewing repair invoices, GODR inventory records, and discussions with host government officials. About 10% of the items donated are monitored in this manner.

Status-Commodities

Vehicles

As of 2009, DNCD SIU has twenty-two operational vehicles, and six motorcycles. In 2009, five new vehicles were purchased. SIU performs all preventive maintenance and DEA operations perform inspections on the condition of the vehicles.

Special Investigative Unit
Sedans 13
Motorcycles 6
SUVs 5
Pickup trucks 4

DNCD
Land Rover 1
Ford Explorers 8

DNP Training Academy
Chevy Trail Blazer 1

Communications Equipment

Twenty (20) portable Motorola radios model 5150, two mobile Motorola 5100 radios, one (1) radio base station, ten mobile Motorola Pro 5100 radios, one radio base station , 10 chargers, and three Iom radio trans-receivers. In 2009, ten Motorola Portable radios with antennae were added.

The Financial Analysis Unit received a complete IP voice 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. A total of 35 desktop computers were donated from August 2008 to December 2009; five for the anti-Money Laundering Unit at the DNP, two (2) for the Prosecutor’s General’s office, two for the community at the DNP, twelve for the Internal Affairs Section of the DNP, one for the International Affairs Section, six for the DNP Planning Unit, and seven to the DNP Training Academy. Twenty-one laptop computers were donated –five to the Anti-Laundering Unit at the DNP, two for the community police, eleven for the DNP Training Academy, two for citizen security training, one for the SIU unit at the DNCD. A total of 22 printer units were donated—three at the Anti-Money Laundering Unit at the DNP, two at the Attorney General’s office, two at the DNP headquarters, one at the central directory anti-drugs of the DNP one for the community police, ten units at the Internal Affairs Section, three units to the DNP training academy. Four digital scanners were donated; one unit to the DNP, and three units at the SIU unit to the DNCD, Six digital photo-copier machines were donated, each of the following offices has one unit: DNP, NAS office at the DNP, Anti-Money Laundering Unit, Internal Affairs Unit, International Affairs office, and SIUI office at the DNCD. Three fax machines were donated-- one at the DNP Training Academy and two at the anti-Money Laundering Unit at the DNP. Four external HDD were donated-- one to the Anti-Laundering Unit at the DNP and three at the police training academy. Eleven GPS units were donated to the SIU unit at the DNCD. All equipment was purchased using INL funds.

A total of 54 desk-top computers were donated in 2009-16 units to Financial Analysis Unit, a part of the National Drug Council, 38 desktops to the DNCD, as part of the updating of equipment, twelve Dell laptop computers, 15 digital flat bed scanners and15 UPS of 1000 VA as part of the updating of equipment at the DNCD, 16 printers; one to the Financial Analysis Unit of the CND and 15 units as part of the upgrading of equipment at the DNCD. Two digital photocopiers were donated-one to the Financial Analysis Unit and one to the DNCD. Five GPS units were donated to the Tactical Response team of the DNCD. One external 500 GB HHD was donated to the Financial Analysis Unit.

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.

The DNCD Omega Unit received three single-user licenses for the Pen Lin V* profession edition. The SIU unit at the DNCD three Quicken Deluxe Software programs and the DNP Training Academy received Rosetta Stone English Software lessons 1-5.

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, Nave-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 4
RHIB 6
Zodiac 3
17 ft. fiberglass harbor craft 3
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 basis 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 6
Huey II 8
OH-58 10

Canine Program

Of the dogs donated to the DNCD in the past, most have met their useful life and are in the process of being retired. Four to six dogs will be retained in the program for another year or two. NAS has programmed money in 2010 to purchase replacement dogs and provide training.

Video Equipment

A total of 20 video/data projectors were donated by NAS to the following agencies – three to the Anti-Money Laundering unit at the DNP, five to the DNP, 11 to the Police Training Academy and one to the Citizen Security training. A total of 22 digital cameras were donated – two to the DNP, eight to the Micro Traffic unit at the DNP, four to the Police Training Academy and two to the SIU unit at the DNCD. A total of 22 video camcorders were donated – two to the Anti-Money Laundering unit at the DNP, two to the DNP, four to the Internal Affairs unit at the DNP, five to the DNP training academy and nine to the SIU unit at the DNCD. A total of eight digital voice recorders were donated to the SIU unit at the DNCD. A total of 21 digital cameras were donated – 15 for the updating of equipment of the DNCD and six units to the M-2 Dominican Navy Intelligence department.

Surveillance Equipment

A total of 16 sets of binoculars were donated – 12 to the SIU unit at the DNCD, four to the Anti-Money Laundering unit at the DNCD and four to the Anti-Money Laundering unit at the DNP. The internal affairs unit of the DNP received two button hole cameras, two portable media players, two DVR motion activated and two wireless cameras. The SIU unit at the DNCD received ten digital microphones and two covert watch recorders. A CCTV and alarm system for the central offices of the Financial Analysis Unit of the CND was installed. The M-2 Navy Intelligence received ten pen recorders and 6 covert keychain recorders.

Miscellaneous Equipment

The DNCD SIU received one vacuum cleaner, and one two HP water pump. The DITIS received 5 booster cables for vehicles.

Four complete air conditioning units were donated; three units (one five ton unit, one 12K BTU horizontal condenser and an 18K BTU unit) to SIU-DNCD and one 36K BTU unit was donated to the DNP Training Academy.

Generator sets and parts: Spare parts for the UPS unit located at the OMEGA unit of the DNCD, a logic board unit required to prevent damages caused by power outages.

Gear: The Micro trafficking Unit of the DNP received a donation of 30 handcuffs with holsters; the police training academy received a variety of items for training purposes – 20 batons, and 215 training handcuffs. The Citizen Security Training at DNP received 12 rubber Beretta training handguns, 6 rubber M-16 rifles, 6 rubber shotguns, 12 rubber training knives and 100 training batons with holsters. The SIU unit at the DNCD received 20 bullet-proof vests, 10 camelbacks, sun glasses, holsters and flash lights. The tactical response team at the DNCD received 40 camelback mules, 40 pouches for M-16 magazines and 25 bullet proof vests.

Furniture: One rack for the power inverter was donated to the SIU-Omega unit at the DNCD. The DNP training academy received five metal desks including a two-drawer file module; the office of NAS at the DNP received one electric water cooler, the SIU unit at DNCD renovated the bathroom and shower. Other donations included; one shower cabin, two soap dispensers, one water faucet, on toilet also a donation of 26 office chairs. The Financial Analysis Unit of the CND received three desks and four filing cabinets.

Program Impact

In 2009, there was a substantial increase in the amount of drugs seized. Over four metric tons of cocaine alone was seized and this is the highest amount, with the exception of year 2006, seized in the past ten years. In addition, large amounts of marijuana and other drugs were seized as reported in the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INSCR) for 2009. The DNCD and DNP are aggressively pursuing Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) and succeeded in breaking up a major DTO headed by a fugitive from Puerto Rico. As part of this investigation, over $5 million in cash, another 8 to 12 million dollars in assets and numerous weapons have been seized. This investigation is on-going as the fugitive is still at large and a reward has been offered for information.

In addition, as a result of support provided to the DNCD Tactical Response Team (TRT), there has been an increase in the interdictions of drug laden aircraft drops and a resulting decrease in the number of other flights originating from South America.

The DNP IU has been actively investigating internal corruption and as a result, hundreds of corrupt police officials ranging in rank from Colonel to patrolmen have been disciplined, dismissed and prosecuted for offenses ranging from malingering to murder.

The NAS sponsored programs in the Attorney’s General’s office and Money Laundering Unit are paying off with increased seizures of illicitly obtained assets and more successful prosecutions. The financial Analysis Unit (UAF) is up and functioning primarily due to the INL program. Previous to 2009, the UAF did not exist in its current configuration and this resulted in the Dominican Republic losing Egmont Certification. Now, with a functioning UAF that meets requirements, the Dominican Republic is seeking to have Egmont Certification reinstated.

Overall, the programs are paying of with a more professional police force and judicial system. In addition, INLprogams are bringing various Dominican agencies together in a spirit of cooperation unseen in past years. For example, previously, the DNCD was the sole agency in the counternarcotics area and they operated independent of other agencies. Today, the DNCD, the DNP, Navy Intelligence and others are fully cooperating with other agencies and sharing information.

Problems and Corrective Action Plan (CAP)

Some of the on-hand equipment is aging (i.e. vehicles), during 2010 it will be necessary to assess the inventory to determine which items need to be disposed of and replaced.



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