Deadline Extended for CARICOM Essay Competition

Deadline Extended for CARICOM Essay Competition

Deadline Extended for CARICOM Essay Competition

Regional Security System | Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Regional Essay Competition is open to secondary school students from across the Caribbean community. (Stock Photo)

Students interested in participating in the CARICOM Competition Commission’s (CCC) inaugural Regional Essay Competition, now have until Tuesday, March 31, 2020 to submit entries.

The competition is open to secondary school students from across the Caribbean community and aims to educate youth on the importance of competition law and policy and consumer protection.

Interested students may choose from one of the following topics:

  • How does fair competition among businesses benefit me and my region?
  • How does consumer protection law benefit me and my region?

Entries should be sent to registry@ccc.sr under the caption Regional Youth Essay Competition.

To obtain further details on the criteria, terms and conditions and prizes, visit http://www.caricomcompetitioncommission.com/en.

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Inspector Dickenson Knows The Truth

Inspector Dickenson Knows The Truth

Inspector Dickenson Knows The Truth

Regional Security System | Monday, December 9, 2019

Inspector of Police, Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Eldrin Dickenson.

Inspector of Police in the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Eldrin Dickenson, is no psychic or wizard, but he has the ability to tell when a person is being honest and when they are lying.

Mr. Dickenson is a trained Polygraph Examiner, and with his tools of the trade, he can tell what is truly on a person’s mind.

With 30 years of law enforcement under his belt, the Inspector has found his passion in polygraph examinations.  “In 2014 I was selected as one of the persons to be trained as a polygraph examiner. Since that time I’ve had a great interest in that field,” he stated.

Following a 10-week training programme which was conducted by US Polygraph Examiners at the Regional Police Training School in Barbados, Mr. Dickenson and 24 other officers from across the region returned to their respective countries to conduct pre-employment examinations for persons who were interested in joining the police force.

“For pre-employment they will ask you questions about drug use. They will ask you about your involvement with serious crimes. They will ask you questions about gang affiliation,” he outlined, adding that questions about terrorism and bribery may also be included in the examination.

Mr. Dickenson, who was seconded to the Regional Security System (RSS) for three-months, noted that on-going screening was also done within law enforcement organisations, to determine persons’ involvement in criminal activity. He explained that there were instances where examinees were not allowed to know the outcome of their test, but stated that there were cases where the examiner would point out areas where they may not have been successful.

“If a person fails the test, we at that point can ask a question or two to determine what the person was thinking about. In cases where you find that persons have been deceptive it is advised that you don’t act irrationally and turn them away. It is advisable that you monitor the individual or let them know they are coming up short in some areas and they need to be careful. If it happens a second time then you know the person has not changed and something is wrong,” he indicated.

The Eye Detect station comprises of the Surface Pro screen, an eye tracker, a wireless keyboard and a bluetooth mouse.

​During Mr. Dickenson’s stay at the RSS, he conducted Eye Detect testing on members of staff. This new lie detecting technology was introduced to the Inspector in 2017 and has been his main form of testing for pre-employment ever since.

“Eye Detect deals with televisual… The equipment is designed to test a large number of people in a short time. I can test at least five to six persons in a day. If a person cannot make it because of eye problems I would recommend that they be polygraphed.

“It is a very good system to screen persons who work in any area of security. You can’t look at someone and see that they are lying, you can’t look and see their past and human beings are not as honest as they should be, so that persons can know if they are fit or unfit for the job. Hence it takes another human being with a device to find out what this person really is,” he affirmed.

He further pointed out that as with any form of technology ongoing training was necessary.

“Every year the American Polygraph Association, which we are a part of, hosts seminars. In 2018, the RSS sent me to Texas and each year they have taken the responsibility of sending at least one person… I was happy that I was selected to attend as I was able to pass a lot of information to my colleagues who are a part of the same organisations,” the law enforcement official said.

On his return to St. Christopher and Nevis, Inspector Dickenson will resume his duties as the head of the Police Training Academy there.

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Statement from the Regional Security System on Deployment of Personnel to Dominica

Statement from the Regional Security System on Deployment of Personnel to Dominica

Statement from the Regional Security System on Deployment of Personnel to Dominica

Regional Security System | Friday, December 6, 2019

The contingent are under the command of the Chief of Police, Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force. (FP)

A contingent of the Regional Security System’s (RSS) service personnel was deployed to the Commonwealth of Dominica on the December 3, 2019, at the request of the Government of Dominica, and with the approval of the RSS Council of Ministers.  This deployment is in accordance with the protocols set out in the Treaty governing the Regional Security System.

The contingent will assist the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force to ensure that there is a safe and secure environment in the country during the current General Elections period.

The contingent is comprised of service personnel from the other six (6) RSS Member States and are under the command of the Chief of Police, Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force.  The Chief of Police and Senior Command team of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force will assign such duties to the RSS personnel as are appropriate and is compliance with the RSS Treaty.

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