Troops Receive Holiday Treat

Regional Security System | Sun 30 Dec 18

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Nineteen police officers from across the region received a holiday treat when officials of the Regional Security System recently visited them at the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force Headquarters where they are currently based.

The troops, originating from Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada, were deployed to St. Kitts and Nevis to assist with the recent spike in crime and violence there.

Executive Director of the RSS, Captain (N) Errington Shurland, commended the officers on their efforts and assured them that their contribution had been recognized and was indeed valuable to the exercise.

“Your sacrifice has contributed to the peace and stability of the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis and it is a sacrifice that each and every one does not put up their hand and volunteer to do, but recognize that that sacrifice is a contribution to our strength. There is strength through unity, and that is the motto of the Regional Security System,” he asserted.

Commissioner of Police, Royal Police Force, Antigua and Barbuda, Mr. Atlee Rodney assisting with lunch.

The operation which commenced on October 10 this year, has seen a reduction in the incidences of crime on the island, and officers are scheduled to conclude their duties on January 7, 2019.

“You have contributed in no small way to that peace and security. I want to reassure you that your contribution is what the region requires. It is this type of effort and contribution that allows us as a region to be as peaceful and as secure as we are,” the RSS head maintained.

During the brief ceremony, other top officials from the islands represented, echoed the sentiments of Commander Shurland. They were Commissioner of Police, Royal Police Force, Antigua and Barbuda, Mr. Atlee Rodney; Commissioner of Police, Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, Mr. Colin John; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Royal Barbados Police Force, Mr. Sylvester Louis; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Royal Grenada Police Force, Mr. John Charles; and Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Operations, St. Christopher and Nevis, Mr. Adolph Adams.

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Executive Director’s Christmas Message 2018

Regional Security System | Tues 25 Dec 18

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As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior today, I want to extend warm Christmas greetings to all staff of the Regional Security System (RSS) and its partners.

I am truly appreciative and content with the assistance which you all have provided throughout the year, as we strived to maintain the outstanding performance and reputation for which the RSS is known. Going forward, we will continue working together to ensure that the RSS is seen as the centre of excellence for the delivery of training in the maritime sub-sector.

To reach our goals we cannot attempt this journey as a single entity, but as a team, and that team concept must spill over into our operational sphere as well. It is with this mindset that we can successfully overcome any challenges with which we might be faced in 2019.

I wish I could say that next year is going to be easier, but the challenges which we will face in 2019 will not be any less demanding than those that we faced in 2018. However, I strongly believe that we can do justice to whatever comes before us if we do it in a collective manner, regionally and internationally. While we did not experience any severe weather systems this year, our security challenges are increasing and we are still tackling the issue of corruption. Corruption has no boundaries and it is an area on which I am very keen about collaborating.

Let me take this time to also express sincerest gratitude to our external partners, for it is through consistent collaboration with those organizations, that we have survived thus far. They include: Impacs; the United States of America; the United Kingdom, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Association (CDEMA) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

In conclusion, I urge you as you enjoy the season’s festivities, to take time to praise the Creator and be mindful of those who are less fortunate due to economic challenges. Make a donation, hug someone you have not seen for a while, or visit someone who is unable to make it out. I also encourage you demonstrate tolerance in your consumption of food and alcoholic beverages, bearing in mind that life goes on after December 31.

On behalf of my wife and family, I wish all staff of the RSS and their families, peace, prosperity and good health for 2019.

Captain (N) Errington Shurland