News & Noteworthy

Engaging and Empowering Communities through Community Policing

Posted by Simone Johnson-Smith on Dec 28, 2016 1:29:34 PM

In November, the West Africa Regional Training Center (RTC) launched the first of a three part series of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) courses on Countering Violent Extremism. The series focuses on three key areas: community policing, threat finance, and a seminar focusing on the role of executives. The Community Policing pilot course was designed to engage local communities in efforts to promote public safety in crime prevention. Often times, international police agencies miss opportunities to develop relations with the communities that they police. This allows criminals and violent extremists to gain footholds in the affected communities. Following a criminal incident, law enforcement actions and a lack of effective public communication will often alienate these very communities, making the job of law enforcement more difficult as a result.

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The Future is DECCS

Posted by Chalinee Tinaves on Nov 16, 2016 12:42:54 PM

The folks at DDTC are beginning a slow roll out of their new electronic interface, DECCS, starting next week. DECCS, which stands for the Defense Export Control and Compliance System, is DDTC’s new modernized IT system. It is intended to eventually replace the current D-Trade, the Electronic Filing System (EFS), MARY and ELLIE systems. The first phase of the DECCS rollout will focus on the new Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) application.

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Obama Administration Moves Full Steam Ahead on Cuban Policies

Posted by Chalinee Tinaves on Oct 19, 2016 3:29:45 PM

President Obama and the administration are moving full steam ahead to normalize bilateral relations with Cuba. On October 17, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), respectively, to ease sanctions related to scientific collaboration, humanitarian activities, trade and commerce, and travel. Consistent with President Obama’s policy directive in December 2014 to chart a new course with respect to U.S.-Cuba relations, these amendments are aimed to create new opportunities for collaboration and commercial opportunities for Cubans and Americans. Specifically, new general licenses and authorizations were added to the regulations to allow for such transactions. Significant highlights are noted below.   

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Topics: Sanctions, Cuba

Preparation for Classification

Posted by John Sturtevant on Sep 27, 2016 10:05:00 AM

You’ve worked out your classification strategy and your budget. Now it’s time to prepare. What does that entail? What information is required to conduct a comprehensive, efficient and accurate export classification project? How should the data be organized? These are important questions that will affect the success and timeliness of this critical compliance initiative.

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Topics: Commodity Classification

Update from the RTC - September 2016

Posted by Simone Johnson-Smith on Sep 15, 2016 12:58:07 PM

Just as the summer heat cools, so too have activities at the West Africa Regional Training Center (WARTC) after a busy summer schedule. Since its inception in 2012, approximately 3,399 Law Enforcement professionals have passed through the halls of the WARTC. An important pillar of the West Africa Cooperative Security Initiative (WACSI) is to facilitate lasting relationships to buttress the future impact of our programming. For this reason, CTP actively invests in employing Alumni Coordinators to foster connections formed while at the center. One of the outreach tools to facilitate collaboration and information sharing among participants is the Alumni portal found on the WARTC website. Over the past several years, WARTC staff has engaged alumni through daily emails and via a monthly newsletter featured on the West Africa Regional Training Center website (, which has paid great dividends for the program. We are elated to hear stories of cross border collaboration leading to successful investigations and the resolution of cases, as a result of connections made while at the WARTC. We would like to highlight the invaluable contributions of one WARTC staffer, Ms. Sarah Dadson who recently departed to pursue a master’s degree at New York University. Sarah kept alumni activities up and running during a staffing gap and her contributions were key in helping to double the staff handling alumni coordination activities. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors and hope our paths may cross again.

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Topics: West Africa Regional Training Center