Initiative History

The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) is one pillar of a U.S. security strategy focused on citizen safety throughout the Caribbean. CBSI brings members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic together to collaborate on regional security with the United States as a partner. The United States is making a significant contribution to CBSI, committing $437 million in funding since 2010.

The United States and Caribbean countries have identified three core objectives to deal with the threats facing the Caribbean:
  • Substantially Reduce Illicit Trafficking through programs ranging from counter-narcotics to reducing the flow of illegal arms/light weapons. 
  • Increase Public Safety and Security through programs ranging from professionalizing law enforcement institutions through technical assistance and training to improving the rule of law by supporting the development of the justice sector. 
  • Promote Social Justice through crime prevention activities in targeted communities, police and justice sector reform, anti-corruption programs, and increased educational, economic and social opportunities for at-risk youth.

The CBSI-Connect Learning Management System Project originated from a Technical Working Group meeting held in July 2012, where the goal of the initiative was to connect Caribbean Police Academies using collaborative technologies to expand knowledge and reduce cost through the implementation of distance learning technologies.  As of June 2023, The CBSI-Connect LMS Project installed classroom multimedia equipment in 18 participating institutions, provided six hundred training events to over sixty-one thousand law enforcement personnel, and saved the region an estimated $42 Million dollars (US) in travel and per-diem expenses. 
In March 2021, the management of the CBSI-Connect LMS was formally transferred to CARICOM IMPACS, establishing regional ownership. This strategic move aimed to further promote knowledge sharing and enhance security capabilities, leading to a significant role in reducing crime and fostering stability in the Caribbean region. 
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The CBSI-Connect project is wholly funded by the American people under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), a partnership between the United States and Caribbean nations working together to reduce illicit trafficking, increase public safety, and promote social justice.