A statement from the United States Embassy in Barbados does not mention St. Lucia, which hosted the event last year, as taking part in this year’s exercise.
The June 1-10 paramilitary training will bring together more than 300 law enforcement officers, military personnel and government representatives from the Caribbean. In all, 17 partner nations and the United States will be taking part in the initiative.
“The United States Southern Command is the executive agent of Tradewinds 2014, and will conduct the maritime training and disaster response exercise in collaboration with the US Coast Guard and other facilitating agencies,” according to a spokesman for the Barbados-based US Embassy.
Tradewinds focuses on increasing regional co-operation to counter illicit trafficking and build the capacity of participating nations to plan and execute complex multi-national security operations.
Last year, the United States suspended assistance to the Royal St Lucia Police as a result of allegations of serious human rights violations which occurred between 2010 and 2011.
The allegations included claims of extra-judicial police slayings which the government is currently investigating with the help of a team of police officers from Jamaica.
A senior law enforcement official said the US decision will result in “serious gaps” in the technical and management training given to members of the Royal St Lucia Police Force, especially at a time when senior officers are either resigning or retiring.
According to the official, those gaps will become evident in the long-term.