No Benefits For Drug Or Money Laundering Offences

No Benefits For Drug Or Money Laundering Offences

No Benefits For Drug Or Money Laundering Offences

Regional Security System | Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Director of the Regional Security System’s Asset Recovery Unit (RSS ARU), Grenville Williams, issued a call for the officers to work in collaboration with other law enforcement officials in an effort to deprive offenders of any possible benefits. 

Persons who have committed drug or money laundering offences should not have an opportunity to benefit from their crime.

This was the view of Director of the Regional Security System’s Asset Recovery Unit (RSS ARU), Grenville Williams, as he recently delivered remarks at a closing ceremony for a Drug Prosecution Course for police officers from RSS Member States.

Mr. Williams issued a call for the officers to work in collaboration with other law enforcement officials in an effort to deprive offenders of any possible benefits.

“Let us do our job in an efficient fashion by incorporating proceeds of crime and asset recovery as an integral component of our investigations and prosecutions. Seizing and destroying illegal drugs, imposing fines or custodial sentences on a person are important but we can ensure that these individuals’ nefarious activities are disrupted and they are dissuaded from continuing their life of crime by aggressively targeting the trophies obtained from crime,” the Director asserted.

He also advised the future prosecutors that there other important qualities that should be adopted as they venture to seek justice.

“Your continuous professional development must be coupled with dedication, commitment, high ethical standards and an unwavering quest to apply the highest level of professionalism to your daily engagements… Always be willing to share your knowledge and experiences, be open to learning from others, while at all times, remembering that which we do involves and impacts real flesh and blood human beings, whether these persons are victims of drug abuse, the perpetrators or facilitators through money laundering or other means,” Mr. Williams appealed.

Also sharing those sentiments was High Court Judge, Justice Christopher Birch, who stated that one of the important qualities of a court prosecutor was the ability to listen. He noted that misheard evidence would determine if a trial was a success or a failure.

“Listen to the officers who brief you on the evidence and prepare the files. Listen to the witnesses who need your guidance and support. Listen to the victim of crime who needs to know that you know what you are doing. Listen to the judicial officer who will rely upon you to repeat or clarify something said or done. Above all, listen to your gut instinct,” Justice Birch advised.

He further pointed out that prosecutors should remain focused on their main goal which is to “search for justice”.

“No prosecutor I ever met wanted to solely lock up everyone, all wanted to achieve the result of exposure of truth without fear or favour. Seek above all to uncover the truth when you’re conducting your case. Do not conceal evidence that is adverse to your case… Do not reveal evidence that serves to solely embarrass the witness or the accused but does not assist the case,” the High Court Judge warned.

Justice Birch appealed to the officers to use the knowledge gained as a “springboard to higher opportunities” and challenged them to move on to the next level as legal practitioners if they desired.

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Call for Applications for CARICAD’s Mid-Level Leadership Development Programme

Call for Applications for CARICAD’s Mid-Level Leadership Development Programme

Call for Applications for CARICAD’s Mid-Level Leadership Development Programme

Regional Security System | Monday, June 14, 2021

  1. Captain Calvert Herbert of the RSS successfully completed CARICAD’s Mid-Level Leadership Development Programme. (Photo courtesy CARICAD)

The Call for Applications is out for CARICAD’s Mid-Level Leadership Development Programme.

This is what Capt. Calvert Herbert from the Regional Security System had to say about participating in the Programme: “The Programme has positively impacted me as a person and a leader. The curriculum and shared experiences and views of other students and alumni has moulded me mentally into a transformational, motivated and confident leader. I am now a better listener; committed to constant self-analysis and feedback and have developed a greater appreciation for emotional intelligence.

“The programme has allowed me to work on building a stronger team of motivated persons under my charge; instill values, ethics and gender in my daily routine and encourage staff to be more involved in the decision making process of the department and organization. As a result of the training I now have the necessary tools and skills to build on or renew my leadership qualities and can testify that, having participated in the leadership development programme, I am now a leader with a wider vision, renewed focus and a stronger sense of humility.”

To learn more about CARICAD’s Mid-Level Leadership Development Programme visit https://www.caricad.net/2040-2/.

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Police Officers And Soldiers Form Part Of RSS Peacekeeping Mission To St. Vincent And The Grenadines

Police Officers And Soldiers Form Part Of RSS Peacekeeping Mission To St. Vincent And The Grenadines

Police Officers And Soldiers Form Part Of RSS Peacekeeping Mission To St. Vincent And The Grenadines

Regional Security System | Friday, June 4, 2021

Members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force were deployed to St. Vincent and the Grenadines to assist in the peacekeeping mission on the island. (Photo courtesy RSCNPF)

A 10-member contingent comprising Police Officers from The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) and Soldiers from the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF) left the Federation on May 29, 2021, for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The team will form part of a peacekeeping mission to the territory following a request made to the Regional Security Service (RSS) by its government. The six Soldiers and five Officers will be in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for three weeks with their regional counterparts to assist local authorities in maintaining security and protecting property on the main island where the La Soufrière Volcano forced thousands to be evacuated. They have all been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Before boarding the RSS plane, Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, wished them well, adding that the exercise was crucial and would provide support to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He also reminded them that the COVID-19 virus was still very much a threat and encouraged them to stay safe.

“Let this be a good show of regional solidarity to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines from the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis. Let your conduct and behaviour be such that you will enhance the respect and regard of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the people and Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. So may God bless you. Keep safe,” said Prime Minister Harris.

All the Officers on the St. Kitts and Nevis team are nationals of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Commissioner of Police, Hilroy Brandy, said that the initiative provided them the opportunity to visit their families and property during their downtime. He encouraged them to do their best.

“Remember you are there as members of The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force. I want you to stay alert and to follow orders and make us proud. The people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are going through a difficult time and the authorities there need help,” the Commissioner implored.

Also present at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport to see the contingent off, were Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Operations (RSCNPF), Adolph Adams, Public Affairs Officer (SKNDF), Major Kayode Sutton and Commanding Officer, ‘A’ Company (SKNDF), Captain Jervin Lapsley. They also wished them well and a safe journey.

RSCNPF

Tribute For Vermont Dacosta Jordan

Tribute For Vermont Dacosta Jordan

Tribute For Vermont Dacosta Jordan

Regional Security System | Thursday, June 3, 2021

Former Storeman / Driver of the RSS, the late Vermont Jordan was presented with the Queen’s Award by former Executive Director of the RSS, Grantley Watson. (Photo: RSS)

I am Warrant Officer Class 1 Retired Cherrol  Deane, Staff Officer Logistics of the Regional Security System and I offer this appreciation on the behalf of the Regional Security System.

I recognise the presence of the family of the Late Vermont DaCosta Jordan, the Hon Colin Jordan, Minister of Labour, The Executive Director of the Regional Security System – Capt (N) Errington Shurland and other staff of the RSS, members of the Barbados Defence Force.

Mr. Vermont DaCosta Jordan, better known to us as “Perka Jordan”, a former member of the Barbados Defence Force, joined the Regional Security System Headquarters on 1st April 1998 as a Storeman\Driver.   He performed various other duties until he ended his employment on 30th June 2020, serving a period of approximately 22 years.

Jordan, performed his duties in a professional and enthusiastic manner and he was always punctual for any of his details.  He took pride in his appearance.  He was always immaculately dressed especially when he was detailed to take the Executive Director to a meeting or to collect the Commissioners of Police when they were visiting from the other RSS Member States.

He was a very jovial person who was the life of any function in the Headquarters and through the years he developed many friendships both locally and overseas.   As part of his duties, he was detailed on many occasions to collect personnel from the other RSS Member States whether they were arriving on attachment, to attend a meeting or to attend a training course.   You could guarantee that by the time “Perka” left the Airport and reached the office at the back of the airport he had made a friend.  He always tried to make those persons from the Member States feel at home and would go out of his way on many occasions to ensure that their needs were met.  I am sure that if his name is called in any RSS Member State, there is some police officer out there who would recognize him.

He was very helpful to the staff and rarely said no when they called on him for assistance.   In addition, he always looked after “his girls” in the office.  From time to time he would bring them ready peeled sugar cane, ready peeled golden apples or mangoes, dunks, plums, sandwiches or snacks.  He would lay these out on a platter, stick some toothpicks in mangoes, golden apples or sandwiches and walk around the office and share them out.

In 2001, he was transferred to the post of Attendant where he looked after the RSS lunch room and he approached this position with just as much enthusiasm.   He often gave the staff the impression that he had prepared the meals himself.  The meals were prepared by the Barbados Defence Force but he always tried to enhance the presentation by adding some type of dish, even if he had one of the Attendants prepare it and make the staff believe he had prepared it himself. His favourite meal on Fridays was souse and you can guarantee that you will get more pepper than you get souse.

In the lunchroom, he always tried to entertain the staff and he would always have an audience.  Jordan could tell a story.  He took pride in being the first person to know about everything. He would read the Nation Newspaper from cover to cover and then he would google the other Caribbean newspapers and talk about them too. However, when he was telling his stories, he somehow put a spin on the content in such a way that they were more elaborate and exciting than what they really were and we were often left to question “Is this story true or where did he make up that one?”  This earned him another title “the Black Newspaper”.

He was well versed in current affairs and could discuss any topic but somehow, he seemed to had a special liking for politics and almost every lunch break there were some very heated discussions between himself and ASP Tyrone White and whoever else choose to join in.  At the end of the discussion and he felt he had won, he would always do some kind of dance as his sign of victory.   He was not much of a singer but at times, he would sing and perform to some of those old-time Pentecostal hymns for some of his audience.   The lunchroom was his stage.

On 25 November 2014, he received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his 25 years combined honourable service to her Majesty and his country.  The Diamond Jubilee medal was created in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s Ascension to the throne on the 6th day of February 1952.

He had a special relationship with Brigadier Sir Rudyard Lewis, former Chief of Staff and Regional Security Coordinator, who was like a father to him.  Even after the Brigadier retired from active duty, they both maintained that relationship.

Overall, Mr. Jordan was liked by the staff and those he came into contact with from the RSS Member States, he was considered by some of them as an ambassador of the RSS Headquarters.  He enjoyed life and lived it to its fullest.  He made a great contribution to the success and development of the Regional Security System.

On behalf of the Executive Director and staff of the RSS Headquarters, I wish to extend to his family and friends our sincerest condolences.  May he rest in peace and may the precious memories of him provide comfort at this time.

In conclusion, I say in Latin: IN PARADISUM, CHORUS ANGELORUM – which translated is “May the Angels lead you into paradise: may the martyrs receive you at your coming, and lead you into the holy city, Jerusalem. May the choir of Angels receive you, and with Lazarus, who once was poor, may you have everlasting rest.”

Goodbye my brother, goodbye from this mortal life.

Staff Officer Logistics, Cherrol Deane