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#479387 - 12/10/13 09:54 AM Canada/US Fund Joint Operating Center
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We often report on joint operations between the different law enforcement agencies, but for the most part, they tend to operate independently of each other.

Well, after 2 years of consultation between the Government of Belize, Canada and the United States, all the major law enforcement organizations are pooling their resources, their expertise, and their man-power into one joint task force. It's called the Joint Operation Center, which is housed on the BDF's Price Barracks, and 7News was at the launch. Daniel Ortiz reports:

Daniel Ortiz reporting
Today, the Ministry of National Security, US Government and the Canadian Government celebrated the opening of the Joint Operating Center. It is a 3 million dollar facility which will fuse all forms of law enforcement, an improved form of interdepartmental cooperation.

Margaret Hawethorne - Charge' D' Affairs, US Embassy
"The Joint Operation Center (JOC) represents the culmination of years of teamwork and collaboration between the Belize Defence Force, the US Southern Command and Governments of the Unites States, Belize and Canada. The Primary purpose of the JOC is the exercise of the operation, command and control. The JOC will enable operators to plan and execute maritime interception. The JOC will also help the Belize Defence Forces to determine and prioritize operational priority intelligence requirements, collect and share operational information, interpret operational information and integrate all other tasks performed by the agencies of the Ministry of National Security."

H.E. Stuart Savage - Canadian High Commissioner To Belize
"We are very pleased that Canada has been able to participate in the establishment of a joint operation center that will bring together a lot of the resources that already exists here in Belize so that they can better work and respond in the face of these very real and important forces that challenge the wellbeing of Belize and its citizens. This joint center will provide one stop shopping central location for interagency coordination between law enforcement officials, the Coast Guard and of course the Belize Defence Forces and perhaps others over time as experience and knowledge grow here."

"This will enable Belize to better face these natural and unnatural forces that challenge its wellbeing over time."

Lt. Col. (Ret'd) George Lovell - CEO, Ministry of National Security
"I believe, ladies and gentlemen, that no one country can single handedly defeat the threat of transnational organize crime that is now prevalent in our region especially these lesser developed countries such as Belize."

"Belize with its very small security and law enforcement forces and lack of resources necessary to effectively deter, detect and defeat these threats - the only option to address this matter is from a collective and collaborative approach with our partners."

The law enforcement agencies of Belize are therefore partnering to centralize intelligence gathering, resource management, and better reaction to crimes within the country's borders.

Brigadier General David Jones - Commander, BDF
"It will be intelligence operation. There will be a fusion center which for the most part has been established already. There needs to be more enhancement, however, that fusion center will send information direct to this facility; Joint Operation Center. The Joint Operation Center, its director will decide how the operation will be conducted based on the intelligence information received. They in turn will execute the mission by sending the information to the joint Enforcement Team. This will be a team comprise of members of the Belize Defence Force, the Belize Coast Guard, Immigration or Customs Department. Depending on what the operations are will be dependent on what law enforcement agency or military organization will be going towards the target on that operation. If customs is necessary, customs officers will be on the operation. If immigration is necessary, they will be in the operation."

All matters dealt with by the Joint Operation Center are issues of national security, and will be treated as such on a need-to-know basis, meaning personnel only in the JOC. Not even the commanders of the different law enforcement Agencies will have any influence on the direction of these missions.

Brigadier General David Jones - Commander, BDF
"Most of the operations will be done in secret, so when that information comes into the JOC and the director sends out that information to the Joint Enforcement Team, no other organization or elements outside of this building will know what is exactly happening. It will be done in secret. Until after the operation is done then the public may know what actually occurred. Because the guys that will be working in the Joint Enforcement Team are going to be vetted and they are going to get different vetting information from them; they are going to be polygraph tested, so that they don't divulge information. People deploying from here won't be having cell phones with them because we don't want information send out to anyone when operations are deployed from here. Even I as Commander of the BDF may not know when an operation is going to be sent here. The director has that full jurisdiction of sending out high intensity type operation from this facility."

So, what is the input from the other major law enforcement agencies?

Admiral John Borland - Commandant, Belize Coast Guard
"The Coast Guard is going to have 8 people permanently attached or embedded in the JOC here at Price Barracks. Their duties range from battle captains to duty officers to clerks to signalers and operations analysis and then there is going to be one Coast Guard officer assigned as the Coast Guard liaison officer for maritime affairs or maritime operations. It's going to be a two year stint for the 8 of them and besides that we will also have a team of navy seals that form a part of the Joint Enforcement Team."

ACP Miguel Segura - Acting Commissioner of Police
"It's basically a collective approach to deal with those types of crimes that we are seen that is threatening us along our border; those transnational organized crimes. From the police aspect, many of the times we get focused on internal issues, but also this JOC will tend to support us to look at those external ones that are actually affecting us that have the spin off effects like violence, firearms and drugs that stays in our country."

Brigadier General David Jones - Commander, BDF
"We will have to integrate the members from the Customs and Immigration onto how a military operation is run."

And the man at the helm of this facility and its operations, which are almost completely autonomous, is Major Charlton Roches. He will be in charge all information coming in, and all operations initiated in response.

Major Charlton Roches - Director, Joint Operation Center
"This facility here is basically separate from the Belize Defence Force, the Police Department, Coast Guard, Customs and Immigration. We will have them here with their capabilities and their expertise to plan and also conduct operations. There are understanding between the heads of department and there are policies that would need to be drafted up, if not yet draft, by the National Security Council for that to be functional. That is something that is yet to come. With those policies - that will give me the authority as the director of the JOC to execute whatever that is required as it relates to organized crimes."

Major Roches says that he is up to the challenge.

Major Charlton Roches - Director, Joint Operation Center
"I've been the operations officer for the Belize Defence Force for the past 3 years and I have been working with these other agencies over that time period and we've faced a number of challenges as it relates to reaction time, resources. Because as you all know we are already tight with cash as the security forces. By having those individuals link from the respective departments and to some extent some of the resources too as well, we should be able to reduce those challenges that we had prior."

It is expected that the JOC will be fully operational sometime in January 2014. Former Commander of the BDF, retiring Brigadier General Dario Tapia is credited with laying the ground work for the realization of the J-O-C.

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#479397 - 12/10/13 10:29 AM Re: Canada/US Fund Joint Operating Center [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Joint Operations Center Inaugurated at Price Barracks

Belize’s armed forces have been the recipients of very significant Christmas treats recently, courtesy of the US and Canadian governments. Coming on the heels of approximately five million dollars in military equipment, vessels and specialized gear donated in the past month, today the BDF and Coast Guard unwrapped a gift that will keep on giving – a Joint Operations Center located at Price Barracks. The center will be a main intelligence and operations base for various law enforcement agencies, primarily the BDF, the Coast Guard, the Police Department and the Belize Customs and Immigration units. Today, the very impressive center was handed over to its grateful recipients. Mike Rudon was at Price Barracks and has the story.

Mike Rudon, Reporting

The new Joint Operations Center, located within a fenced, secure compound on Price Barracks, will serve a critical intelligence and operations function. It is the result of over two years of teamwork and partnership between the BDF and the governments of Belize, Canada and the US.

Margaret Hawthorne, Charge de Affaires, US Embassy

Margaret Hawthorne

“The primary purpose of the JOC is to exercise of operational command and control. The JOC will enable operators to plan and execute maritime interception. The JOC will also help the B.D.F. to determine and prioritize operational priority intelligence requirements. Collect and share operational information, interpret operational information and integrate all other tasks performed by the Ministry of National Security.”

Stuart Savage

Stuart Savage, Canadian High Commissioner to Belize

“The JOC has build and provided this handsome building by the US government and the Southern Command, excellent job and beautiful work you have done here, I compliment you on that. I am pleased that Canada is able to participate as well by providing some of the internal functioning apparatus and infrastructure by providing information technology equipment, furniture, computer, severs, video conferencing technologies and others that will be able to communications between agencies and other supporting allies like Canada and the U.S. in supporting Belize’s efforts to respond with the forces that you face every day I this region. We counter candidate to continue work with Belize and the US and to optimize our cooperation in the existing exercises so that we can get this center up and running to its fullest capability as soon as possible.”

The JOC will be fully manned by personnel from the BDF, the Coast Guard, the Police Department and other units. There is a fusion center in the works to integrate members of all law enforcement agencies in Belize, but in the absence of that the JOC will serve the same purpose as a central operations base.

David Jones, Commander, BDF

David Jones

“That fusion center will send information direct to this facility. To the Joint Operation Center, this Joint Operation Center’s director will decide how this operation will be conducted based on intelligence information received. They in turn will execute the mission by sending information to the joint enforcement team. This will be a team comprised of members of the Belize Defense Force, the Belize Coastguard, immigration or custom department depending n what the operations are will be dependent on what law enforcement agency of military organization will be going towards the target on that operations. So if customs is necessary, customs officer will be in the operation, if immigration is necessary they will be in the operation.”

John Borland

John Borland, Commandant, Coast Guard

“The Coast Guard is going to have eight people permanently attached in the JOC. Their duties range from battle captains, to duty officers, to clerks, to signalers, and to operation analyst. There is going to be one Coastguard assigned to be the Coastguard liaison officer of the maritime affairs or maritime operations. It is going to be a two year thing for the eight of them. We also have a team of navy seals that will forms a part of the Joint Enforcement Team that we spoke about earlier on. The twenty-four hours stand by to deploy for any special operation. The joint enforcement team will be combined of a cross section of forces not only Coastguard seals but um the BSAG and elements of the anti-drug units and depending on the nature of the crime we will be having the customs and immigration departments along as well.”

The officer selected to direct the JOC is Major Charlton Roches, a veteran soldier who has been in operations for a long time. He is confident that while there will be challenges the benefits of working together will be great.

Charlton Roches, Director, JOC

Charlton Roches

“I have been working with these other agencies over that time period and we faced a number of challenges and it faced with reaction time, resources, because as you all know we are tight with cash as the security forces. So by having those individualks linked from the respective departments and to some extents some of the resources too as well, we should be able to reduce those challenges that we had prior.”

Roches says the main challenge will be human nature, having highly trained personnel from different units working together in a closed space. But there are also other challenges. The JOC is a first of its kind in Belize, and will be operated with extreme military precision and discretion. All staff will go through polygraph testing and will be forced to maintain strict protocols of secrecy. It’s all about taking law enforcement to an unprecedented level – which is critical, but not without hurdles.

David Jones

“Where more training is needed is in the staff function, where they have to run this facility. Now that they don’t have any experience with. Thankfully we have had some visits provide by Canada by the US and also by Colombia. Where myself, the C.E.O., the Commandant Coastguard and the director has visited all different facilities, we visited JOC in the US, JOC in Columbia and we are about to visit some more next year to look at fusion centers how those are run. But the director is fully aware how this facility is suppose to run and how it is suppose to execute its functions. Now what needs to happen is the training for the staff that will come in here. Because we need to integrate the members from the customs and immigration unto how a military operation is run.”

According to Jones, both the US and Canadian governments have committed to offer training to staff at the JOC. Mike Rudon for News Five.

The price tag for the Joint Operations Center, built and equipped, is in the region of three million dollars. It will be operational in early 2014, after additional operating equipment is installed.

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#492780 - 06/27/14 10:27 AM Re: Canada/US Fund Joint Operating Center [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Joint Operations Center Operating Correctly

Another important venture between the US Government and the BDF is the new Joint Operation Center. It's supposed to be a facility on the BDF Price Barracks base where all the different law enforcement agencies in the country pool their resources and intelligence.

The Join Operation Center has been operational for the past 2 months, and today the commander of the BDF told the media that it is working exactly as intended:

Brigadier General David Jones, Commander, B.D.F.
"We started off calling it the JOC; it has changed its name to JIOC. JOC means the Joint Operation Center; we've transformed it now to JIOC which is Joint Operation and Intelligence Center because we've combined intelligence personnel inside the building. That building has been operating for over two months from the time we inaugurated it. The B.D.F. was the first to get in, and then we had the coast guard, the police and sometimes the Customs and Immigration works with us. We've done a number of successful operations inside the Joint Operation Center. We had the marijuana eradication campaign that we did with the US Army where Joint Task Force Bravo came in from Honduras and we destroyed over twenty-nine million dollars worth of marijuana plantation. We've done two huge operation along the border destroying illegal plants, plantation and capturing people planting marijuana and capturing people doing illegal logging within the Chiquibul and also the Bladen Reserve. So that's center has been very operational. We are working along with other organizations, the Police and the Coast Guard, and we continue to plan operations and execute operations from there."

Daniel Ortiz
"Is it working as intended?"

Brigadier General David Jones, Commander, B.D.F.
"It is working exactly as intended and for the future come this year if there is any disaster that's where NEMO will play a part as well where they can set up an office inside the JIOC and then we can execute operations to restore Belize back to normalcy if there is any emergency from hurricanes here. There are training exercises plan; there is a big one plan for next year. Belize is expected to host Exercise Trade winds again where all the militaries from around the Caribbean and US Army Forces, Canadian, British will come into Belize and do joint operations for a minimum of two weeks. All the training exercise and planning and execution will be done from inside that building. Since we have the building we have upgrade a capacity for the BDF to do more and to be involve in more."

"Incisive Gallop", as we told you, was the joint operation conducted by BDF and the US Military to target Guatemalan incursions into the Chiquibul and Bladden Reserves. The joint taskforce was able to destroy about 5.9 million dollars - worth of marijuana plantations. It happened in May, and it was planned out of the Joint Operation and Intelligence Center, as it is now known.

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