On Thursday, January 15, the U.S. Embassy donated laptops, iPads, and other computer equipment to the Suriname Police Force (KPS). The equipment will be used by the Narcotics Interdiction Unit and the Forensics Unit to assist in criminal investigations.
U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Jay Anania handed over the equipment to Chief of Police Tjin Liep Shie. The equipment was provided as part of the United States and Suriname’s bilateral cooperation under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).
CBSI is a program through which the United States works with the nations of the Caribbean, including Suriname, to enhance law enforcement capacity to combat transnational crimes that threaten regional security. Since 2010, the governments of the United States and Suriname have cooperated within the CBSI framework to improve law enforcement capabilities in Suriname through training to enhance police professionalization, promote information sharing among the region, and support law enforcement in conducting complex investigations and combating the flow of illicit goods, including narcotics.