|US and Bahamian officials work to increase efforts in countering trans-national organized crime|
|Friday, 17 August 2012 15:35|
NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Friday, August 17, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman, Major General Fran Mahon, the Director of Strategy, Policy & Plans, United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and the Minister of State for National Security, The Hon. Keith Bell participated in the closing session of the “Countering Transnational Organized Crime Conference” at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel.
The five-day conference brought together 40 Bahamian government officials and representatives from USNORTHCOM to examine how transnational organized crime poses defense and security threats to the Caribbean, in particular The Bahamas, through illicit activities including drug trafficking, money laundering, arms trafficking, human smuggling and cyber crime.
Photo from left: Asst. Commissioner Anthony Ferguson, Royal Bahamas Police Force; U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman; Major General Fran Mahon, the Director of Strategy, Policy & Plans, USNORTHCOM; Minister of State for National Security, The Hon. Keith Bell; Capt. Tellis Bethel, Deputy Commander, Royal Bahamas Defense Force and Dr. Luis Bitencourt, Professor, Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.
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