The U.S Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the St. Lucian Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation announced a plan to enhance aviation security on the Caribbean island nation.
The two entities signed a Joint Statement of Intent for the development and enhancement of aviation security initiatives, including plans to conduct assessments, develop aviation security programs and share best practices. To support this partnership, TSA has deployed an Aviation Security Sustainable International Standards Teams (ASSIST), a group of veteran security experts, to collaborate with local security officials.
TSA's primary focus will be to assist local officials in enhancing aviation security programs following an initial security assessment. The team will work to enhance aviation security capacity and effectively build sustainable institutions and practices through local alliances. TSA will assess such things as training needs, equipment, current aviation programs, and aviation security legislation.