Guyana benefits directly from several of the CBSI programs described above, including:

  • Provision of three patrol boats with the required equipment and training to enable the Guyana Defence Force to combat transnational organized crime, patrol territorial waters, and ensure freedom of movement for commerce;
  • Training and equipment to increase the capabilities and effectiveness of police and customs units at ports of entry;
  • Providing equipment and training to police to establish a bike-patrol unit and support community-policing initiatives.
  • A community-based program approach that engages youth, family networks, community service providers and government agencies to reduce crime and violence and increase opportunities for youth;
  • Supporting juvenile justice reform that focuses on rehabilitation for juvenile offenders and reintegration of youth leaving detention facilities;
  • Improving crime and violence policy-making and programming through the use of quality, comparable, and reliable national citizen security information;
  • Partnerships with local organizations to provide rehabilitation for juvenile offenders, offer alternative sentencing options for youth who committed minor offenses, and support reintegration of youth leaving detention facilities;
  • Workforce development and educational support for at-risk youth;
  • Strengthening capability of law enforcement officials to respond to and investigate cases of gender-based violence to include sexual offenses, crimes against children, and trafficking in persons;
  • Increasing effective criminal investigations that lead to strong prosecutions and trials by enhancing the technical capacity of the police, prosecutors, and magistrates to work with criminal evidence in a supportive environment.
  • Mentoring, training and advising on maritime maintenance from the Technical Assistance Field Team to improve the operational readiness of their patrol boat fleet, to include equipment and software to ensure maintenance issues are being tracked.
  • Improved maritime domain awareness through the participation in the Cooperative Situational Information Integration Initiative that provides regional air and maritime tracks for operations.
  • Ongoing training and equipment for the maritime service to ensure U.S. provided vessels are maintained.

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