Police, Immigration and Customs Officials Receive U.S. Anti-Terrorism Training

U.S. Embassy’s Regional Security Officer, Nicole Gallagher donating microscopes to Chief Immigration Officer, Gerry Downes at the Trinidad and Tobago Immigration Office, Port of Spain.
U.S. Embassy’s Regional Security Officer, Nicole Gallagher donating microscopes to Chief Immigration Officer, Gerry Downes at the Trinidad and Tobago Immigration Office, Port of Spain.

Port of Spain September 4, 2014: Local Police, Immigration and Customs Officers are now better equipped to detect fraudulent travel documents, having received training and equipment through the U.S. Government’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) program.

Fifty participants were taught skills in detecting and analyzing travel documents through the use of lighting and magnification.  They are now better able to examine and evaluate key security features in documents and uncover fraud.

The Immigration Division also received ten microscopes valued at US$6,000 for use in their forensic document lab.

One of the Microscopes donated to the Immigration Division.
One of the Microscopes donated to the Immigration Division.ocument lab.

The ATA program is an important component of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative to provide law enforcement training.  The program builds capacity to detect, disrupt and investigate terrorist activities and suspects.  It is a successful partnership between the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, which provides policy guidance, and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which manages the operational implementation of the program.