The Regional Security System (RSS) was created out of a need for a collective response to security threats, which were impacting on the stability of the region in the late 70’s and 80’s. In October, 1982 four members of the Organisation of Eastern

Caribbean States (OECS) (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Barbados to provide for mutual assistance on request.

This gave rise to the birth of the RSS. St. Kitts and Nevis became a signatory in February, 1984 and Grenada in January, 1985.

The Treaty establishing the RSS was signed at St. George’s, Grenada on 5 March 1996 replacing the MOU. The System has the status of an international organisation and enjoys legal personality.


The Regional Security System (RSS) Air Wing has been at the forefront of Maritime Counter Drug (CD) surveillance in the Eastern Caribbean since February of 2001 when one of two C-26A


The Regional Security System Training Institute was established in November 2011 with funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affair


In 1989 the Council of Ministers mandated the Central Liaison Office introduced a programme of Coordinated Patrols at sea involving Coast Guard vessels of RSS Member States


The RSS criminal assets recovery programme is an innovative approach to tackling serious organised crime in the Caribbean  common law jurisdictions, through partnership and the robust application