Law Enforcement Agencies Receive More Training Tools to Fight Financial Crimes

All hands on deck. From left: Deputy Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey; Colonel Desmond Edwards, Director General of MOCA; Amy Tachco, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston; Velma Ricketts Walker, CEO of the Jamaica Customs Agency; Colleen Falconer, Programme Manager at the FCDO and Selvin Hay, Director General of the FID.

In a significant advancement for Jamaica’s law enforcement capabilities, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), Major Organised Crime and Anticorruption Agency (MOCA), and the Financial Investigations Division (FID) have been equipped with new training resources. These materials are designed to bolster the enforcement of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and strengthen Jamaica’s fight against fraud, money laundering, and other financial crimes.


The training resources, including videos and printed materials, were presented to the agencies on April 11, 2024. These tools were developed with the support of the Serious Organised Crime and Anticorruption Programme (SOCAP) of the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and produced by the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kingston.


Col. Desmond Edwards, Director General of MOCA

Colonel Desmond Edwards, Director General of MOCA, expressed gratitude towards international partners: “Our work, our achievements, and our progress would not be possible, however, without the invaluable support and contributions from our international partners. The INL and the FCDO, represented here, are critical partners in our efforts. Your support has been instrumental not just in the development of these training videos but in strengthening the very foundations on which all the law enforcement agencies represented here function.”



Amy Tachco, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in Kingston

Amy Tachco, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, highlighted the collaborative effort: “Partnering with Jamaica to find meaningful ways to combat crime is always a top priority for the US Embassy. We are so proud of the role that our international narcotics and law enforcement team has played in making this project happen. Let’s harness the insights gained from these training videos to bolster our collective resolve and combat crime.”




Colleen Falconer, Programme Manager, FCDO

Colleen Falconer, Programme Manager at the FCDO, emphasized the synergy of international cooperation: “The UK-Jamaica partnership is strong and has been yielding results. This is a real multiplier effect of impact, and we want to encourage all our partners to keep strengthening and enhancing what we already have. So today, we celebrate an excellent example of progress through partnership.”




Velma Ricketts Walker, CEO, Jamaica Customs Agency

Velma Ricketts Walker, CEO of the Jamaica Customs Agency, spoke on the importance of ongoing international support: “The INL’s support over the years to our cause and those of our local law enforcement partners is deeply appreciated and plays a crucial role in our efforts to strengthen the technical competencies of our law enforcement officers to apply the provisions of POCA more effectively and vigorously.”



Fitz Bailey, Deputy Commissioner of Police

Deputy Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey discussed the practical impact of the training resources: “We have been engaged in a number of investigations targeting criminal networks, but until we are able to take the proceeds from the organizations then our effort will be minimized. And so, I want to congratulate and say thanks to INL for facilitating this video that will enhance the capacity of the men and women of the JCF and all the other investigative bodies.”




Selvin Hay, Director General, FID

Selvin Hay, Director General of the FID, outlined the strategic importance of the initiative: “The launch of these training videos is an initiative that marks another calculated step in our commitment to combat financial crime. Our strategic thrust is quite clear – to widen the use of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) across all enforcement and supporting agencies.”




The distribution of these training videos and materials marks a pivotal step in Jamaica’s ongoing efforts to enhance its law enforcement capabilities and more effectively combat financial crimes. Through strong international partnerships and a commitment to continuous improvement, Jamaica’s law enforcement agencies are better equipped to uphold the integrity of the country’s financial systems and protect the nation from organized crime.