U.S. Embassy Augments Intelligence Gathering Capabilities of T&T Customs

Chargé d’Affaires Shante Moore and Comptroller Kathy Ann Matthews signing the handover document for U.S.-provided equipment to the TTCE.

July 8, 2021:  In a continuing effort to help enhance the rule of law and improve citizen security in Trinidad and Tobago, the Embassy of the United States has provided computer workstations and a server system to support the expansion of an advanced intelligence analysis software to the Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise Division (TTCE).  Ten TTCE intelligence analysts were trained to use this platform which allows for more intelligence-led operations and supports narcotics and firearms interdiction efforts at Trinidad and Tobago’s official ports of entry.

During the handover on July 7, United States Chargé d’Affaires Shante Moore said, “This donation reaffirms our continued commitment to collaborating with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago on security matters of mutual interest, and our close partnership with Trinbagonian law enforcement to strengthen border security and stem the flow of illicit drugs and weapons into Trinidad and Tobago.

Moore highlighted, “The United States has provided over US$10 million in security assistance to Trinidad and Tobago in the last five years.  This assistance includes equipment, training, mentoring, and canines to help build the crime-fighting capacity of Trinbagonian law enforcement agencies.”