RSS Launches Cash Forfeiture Handbook And Cash Seizure Policy

RSS Launches Cash Forfeiture Handbook And Cash Seizure Policy

RSS Launches Cash Forfeiture Handbook And Cash Seizure Policy

Regional Security System | Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Director of the Asset Recovery Unit of the Regional Security System (RSS), Grenville Williams, presenting Deputy Commissioner of the RSLPF, Wayne Charlery, with the Cash Seizure Policy.

Crime does not pay!

This was declared by Director of the Asset Recovery Unit (ARU) of the Regional Security System (RSS), Grenville Williams, who stated that it was necessary to bankrupt persons involved in criminal activity, thus creating a hostile environment for crime.

Mr. Williams made these remarks at a brief ceremony which was recently held at the George F. L. Charles Airport in St. Lucia, where he officially handed over the Cash Forfeiture Handbook and the Cash Seizure Policy to the Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).

He noted that the documents, which were a collaborative effort of the RSS ARU, the RSLPF and the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA), were critical in combatting crime and enhancing citizen, national and regional security.

“Money is the lifeblood of individual criminals, criminal organisations and syndicates. The persons involved in drug trafficking, firearms trafficking, murder for hire, theft, and fraud are motivated by the financial rewards gained from operating outside the law. Our crime levels, our murder rate are all strongly influenced by the desire for unjust rewards from criminality.

“Cash seizure, detention and forfeiture have proven to be most effective in removing from the hands of criminals, monies obtained from crime or monies intended for use in crime. Depriving criminals of the monies that they so desire is a powerful disruptive and dissuasive weaponry in the artillery of law enforcement and criminal justice practitioners,” he asserted.

The ARU Director pointed out that seizing monies from criminals would not only dissuade others who may be enticed, but it could also strengthen law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.

“Cash seized and forfeited by the courts can serve as additional resources to the constrained budgets of law enforcement. Imagine using monies taken away from criminals to fund the training for police officers, pay for equipment to keep our communities safer, purchase vehicles that would enhance our capacity to patrol and implement crime prevention mechanisms, increase our response times whenever a call is placed to the police and ultimately deliver a better service in enhancing the peace and security of our nation,” Mr. Williams outlined.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of the RSLPF, Wayne Charlery, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to work with the RSS ARU in creating the documents and pointed out that they would “guide our officers in terms of execution in the field to direct the most effective tactical intervention to combatting organised crime.”

He stated that while there was no legislation in place to allow the proceeds of crime to be used for community development and upliftment of youth, it was a strategy he would wish to see employed.

Director of the FIA, Paul Thompson, also thanked the team and affirmed that the Handbook and Policy would not only serve to develop individual capacity building, but would enhance intra-agency cooperation among the various law enforcement agencies, which was crucial to the success which St. Lucia has experienced in forfeiture of criminal assets to date.

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EU Officials Pay Courtesy Call on RSS

EU Officials Pay Courtesy Call on RSS

EU Officials Pay Courtesy Call on RSS

Regional Security System | Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Executive Director of the RSS, Commodore Errington Shurland, and Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS, Lt. Col. Michael Jones (right), met with (L-R) EU Head of Delegation to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska; Deputy Director General, Directorate General for International Partnerships of the European Commission, Myriam Ferran; and Managing Director, Americas, European External Action Service (EEAS), Brian Glynn.

Management of the Regional Security System (RSS) and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) recently received a courtesy call from officials of the European Union’s (EU) Headquarters in Brussels, at the RSS Headquarters.

EU Head of Delegation to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, introduced the Brussels team, comprising of Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for International Partnerships of the European Commission, Myriam Ferran; Managing Director, Americas, European External Action Service (EEAS), Brian Glynn; and Team Leader for the Caribbean, International Partnerships of the European Commission, Olga Baus,. Members of the EU Delegation Office also included Ovidiu Naftanaila, Felipe de la Mota and Luc Patzelt.

Executive Director of the RSS, Commodore Errington Shurland, and Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS, Lt. Col. Michael Jones, outlined the various activities and roles of the two regional security organisations and highlighted initiatives currently being undertaken to reinforce security within the region.

Lt. Col. Jones highlighted the results of strengthened EU cooperation and noted the establishment of new offices within the Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC) of CARICOM IMPACS including the World Customs Organisation, the United Kingdom Liaison Office and the Interpol Regional Office.

Meanwhile, Commodore Shurland shared a number of current and emergent security matters which were affecting the RSS Member States, and the wider Caribbean. He emphasised that these trending security issues would steer the organisation towards strengthening strategic partnerships to help improve security of maritime borders and cyber space, as well as expand the support provided to RSS Member States in asset recovery, counter-terrorism financing and compliance with financial rules and regulations.

The presentations were keenly acknowledged by the EU party, who expressed an interest in deepening its relationship with the RSS in the future.

As part of the meeting, the visiting party toured the RSS Headquarters’ facilities, particularly the Digital Forensics Laboratory, the Asset Recovery Unit, and the RSS Air Wing.

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