In November, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) will be hosting Maritime Security 2013 Caribbean, an event incorporating presentations and workshops designed to address the challenges, successes, and solutions of securing the maritime domain in the Caribbean region.
Every day, tens of thousands of visitors flock to islands’ resorts and beaches from airlines, cruise ships and pleasure yachts. The same beautiful pristine waters and coastlines used by tourists are exploited for criminal use, among them being go-fasts and trawlers transporting concealed cargoes of illegal drugs and humans. Maritime Security 2013 Caribbean is the step forward to help resolve these and other issues. Topics of discussion include assessing security capabilities, information sharing platforms and best practices, engaging non-traditional stakeholders, and law enforcement response training.
Sareth Neak, president and founder of Homeland Security Outlook (HSO), described the need for this conference by saying, “Law enforcement in the United States shares many challenges with its Caribbean counterparts. However, agencies in United States are learning the power of networking, information sharing, and asset coordination. We hope to share these principles with Caribbean law enforcement and government personnel to develop a comprehensive maritime security strategy.”
In an endorsement letter to HSO, outgoing TCI governor Ric Todd stated, “I do hope that those with a keen interest in maritime security in the region will seize this opportunity to take part in this event and discuss how we can make a positive move towards mitigating the security threats posed in this area.”
Maritime Security 2013 Caribbean will be held on November 5-6, 2013 in Providenciales.