Commodore (Cdre) Errington Shurland

Commodore (Cdre) Errington Shurland


Commodore (Cdre) Errington Shurland

Commodore (Cdre) Errington Ricardo Shurland was appointed Executive Director of the Regional Security System by the Council of Ministers on 1 February 2017. He also serves as the Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force and comes to the position with over thirty-four years (34) of military service. During his career in the military Cdre Shurland served in several operational and administrative posts. He has also served as Barbados’ alternate representative at the Organisation of American States and Chief of Delegation at the Inter American Defence Board.

Cdre Shurland is a graduate of the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, United Kingdom and the Command and General Staff College of the United States Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, United States of America. He holds a Master’s degree in Maritime Administration from the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden. Cdre Shurland is a Justice of the Peace in Barbados and his military honours include the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, the Governor-General’s Medal of Honour, the Services Medal of Honour, the General Service Medal and two Defence Board Commendations.

He has also served as Barbados’ delegate to the United Nations and the International Maritime Organisation. He was an adviser to the Barbados delegations, negotiating the Maritime Boundaries and Fisheries Agreements with Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, he has served on a number of national committees including Port Security Committee, Standing Committee on Coastal Hazards, National Maritime Inter- Agency Committee, National Hydrographic Committee and the Maritime Training Committee at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.

Cdre Shurland is a regionalist at heart and remains positively committed through collaboration with regional and international partners to developing policies and strategies to counter current and emerging threats to the stability of the sub-region. The key to sustained economic growth and development is a safe and secure environment and this is vital for the public good of the sub-region.


Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Forde

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Forde


Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Forde

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Forde is a Barbadian born career military officer who served with the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) for 25 years.

He joined the Barbados Defence Force in 1985 and later received his initial Officer training at the British Commando Training Centre Royal Marines at Lympstone in the United Kingdom in 1988.

During his time in the military, some of the professional courses attended by Lt. Col. Forde included commando courses in Barbados, UK and Martinique, Captain Career courses at Fort Benning and Fort Huachuca in USA, Close Protection Course in UK, Crisis Negotiation Course and Peacekeeping Management in Canada and Command and General Staff training in the People’s Republic of China.

The major appointments held by Lt. Col. Forde were: Force Training Officer, Company Commander of Commando Squadron, Staff Officer Operations and Training, Staff Officer Intelligence, Aide de Camp to Governor General – Her Excellency the Late Dame Nita Barrow, Detachment Commander in Haiti, Second in Command and Acting Commander of The Barbados Regiment.

Lt. Col. Forde was awarded the United Nations Medal for Service in Haiti and the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service to the Barbados Defence Force. He received letters of commendations from Prime Ministers of St. Vincent and Trinidad and Tobago for his service during operations in their countries.

On retiring from the regular element of the Barbados Defence Force in 2010, Lt. Col. Forde joined the private sector as a security consultant. He joined the Regional Security System Headquarters in February 2013, as the Regional Intelligence Officer. His focus is on building capacity of the intelligence units within the Regional Security System. He is currently the acting Director of Operations and Plans where he is principally responsible for the mobilisation of service personnel in the event of a national emergency. He is also a trained polygraph examiner.

He is a member of the American Society of Industrial Security and a member of the American Polygraph Association. He recently sat as a Council member for the Barbados Legion. He is married and has one son and two daughters and two granddaughters. His hobbies are reading, watching documentaries and will be taking back up photography and scuba diving for relaxation.

Asset Recovery Unit

Asset Recovery Unit

The RSS Assets Recovery programme is an innovative approach to tackling serious organised crime in the Caribbean common law jurisdictions, through partnership and the robust application of proceeds of crime and money laundering legislation. It commenced in November 2015, taking over from the highly successful Eastern Caribbean Financial Investigations Advisory Team (ECFIAT) and Caribbean Criminal Assets Recovery Programme (CCARP). The team provides wider regional support to include key transit countries and the overseas territories of the United Kingdom.

The  RSS ARU team is comprised of financial investigations and asset recovery experts who are law enforcement officers, financial investigators and or legal practitioners. The unit is staffed with administrative support and is based within a purpose-built International Law Enforcement Fusion Centre within the Regional Security System HQ at the Barbados Defence Force military base.

The unit seeks to enhance their efforts in countering serious organised crime, particularly drug trafficking, by utilising cash seizure, money laundering and confiscation legislation as key components in financial investigation and asset recovery. RSS ARU has recently completed the drafting of ‘model’ proceeds of crime legislation to remedy legislative deficiencies and encourage the introduction and use of civil forfeiture legislation.

To date, RSS ARU mentoring has assisted in the identification and restraint of US$26.8 million of criminal assets. In addition, US$7.5 million has been (civil) forfeited by the courts using cash seizure provisions, with a further US$4.5 million seized and in the court process. 120 money laundering investigations are being carried out, with 85 persons charged with money laundering offences.

RSS ARU is working with the Caribbean Financial Action TASK Force (CFATF) in devising and implementing a Training and Accreditation Programme for all financial investigators and analysts in the Caribbean. This will seek to standardise training and procedures regionally and result in internationally recognised accreditation. The team also works closely to ensure FATF recommendations are implemented and followed in conjunction with their national security requirements.

RSS ARU work closely with all Regional and International partners including US, UK, UNODC, OAS, OECS, CARICOM, CFATF, IMPACS. The Caribbean is used as a transhipment point for the trafficking of cocaine from South America to the major consumer markets of North America, UK and Europe. The profits generated regionally is a factor in the gang and gun culture across the region. Crime, violence and corruption, deters inward investment and hinders regional development. The RSS ARU is committed to taking the profit out of crime and supporting the Caribbean region in the fight against organised crime and corruption.

Training Institute

Training Institute

The Regional Security System Training Institute was established in November 2011 with funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

The Institute comprises a Secretariat which is located at the RSS Headquarters, Paragon, Christ Church, Barbados. The Secretariat is headed by an Institute Manager. The RSS Director of Training provides supervisory control of the RSS TI.



The RSS TI is also supported by the following three Committees: 

  • The Executive Committee provides strategic direction for the institute
  • The Practice Committee which has responsibility for establishing the policies, procedures and guidelines
  • The Education Committee has responsibility for developing, reviewing and assessing the training standards, developing quality assurance processes, reviewing the existing best practices and implementing the training.


The Socio-economic and political development of a country is contingent on the country’s ability to create and maintain stability. Maintenance of such stability is inextricably linked to the maintenance of law and order which can largely be achieved through the efficient efforts of Law Enforcement and security agencies.

Research regarding the dilemmas of the Law Enforcement Agencies of the RSS Member States has highlighted many similar problems that can be addressed through regional training. While the establishment of the Regional Security System Training Institute cannot solely extirpate all the challenges which inhibit the proper functioning of the Law Enforcement Agencies in the RSS Member States, it is certainly a step in the right direction with regard to the solutions for long-term restructuring of these Agencies, with a view to improving efficiency.

To this end, the RSS Training Institute was established in October 2011 to service the unique needs of the RSS Member States. The establishment of the Institute has ushered in renewed vigour and ideas including, a reduction in the levels of disparity as it pertains to knowledge and skills, facilitation of regional cooperation on security issues, and importantly, a significant reduction in the total cost for training.

The Institute seeks to standardize training across RSS Member States resulting in a more structured response to the issues of crime, security and other threats to our region and ultimately affecting crime and instability in more meaningful ways.



In executing its Mandate, the Institute is also guided by the RSS Corporate Plan 2010 – 2020, the Report of the Training Needs Assessment conducted in RSS Member States in 2009/2010, the ever-changing crime and security environment, and the expressed needs of RSS Member State Security Forces.

To this end, the Institute provides a wide range of Law Enforcement Training under the following thematic areas:

Leadership Development to include:

  • Executive Leadership
  • Staff and Command
  • Supervisory Management

Para Military to include:

  • Basic Para Military
  • Jungle Navigation/Patrol and Survival
  • Internal Security and Crowd Management

Criminal Investigative Techniques to include:

  • Crime Scene Technicians/Investigators
  • Crime Scene First Responders
  • Cyber Crime
  • Hostage Negotiations/Crisis Negotiation
  • Sexual Assault Investigation
  • Domestic Violence Response

Maritime and Border Security to include

  • Basic and Advanced Seamanship
  • Basic and Advanced Coxswain
  • Basic and Advanced Navigation
  • Maritime Engineering
  • Maritime Boarding Officers

Instructor Development to include

  • Train the Trainers in varied and subject matter expertise
  • Instructor Range Supervision

The Institute is also exploring the provision of specialized areas of training to include:

  • Management of Investigation of Serious and Organised Crime
  • Homicide Investigation
  • Money Laundering Investigations
  • Investigation and Prosecution of Drug Offences
  • Human Trafficking & Human Smuggling
  • Surveillance Techniques
  • Intelligence Gathering and Analysis
  • Kidnapping for Ransom
  • Traffic Management and Control
  • Accident Investigation
  • Community Policing
  • Information Technology




The Institute caters to the training needs of all officers at the command level as this was identified as a critical need in the Training Needs Assessment conducted in 2009/2010. This includes specific training targeting officers at the junior Supervisory level, middle to senior-level commanders (Inspectors, Assistant Superintendents to Superintendents), senior leadership and senior strategic command (Assistant Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and Commissioners).


The RSS Training Institute has also incorporated other law enforcement agencies including Customs, Immigration, Departments of Corrections and Fire in its leadership development Courses. It is therefore anticipated that this will result in the commonality of efforts, improved operability and the development of synergy between and among Law Enforcement agencies, thereby contributing to the collective security of the Region.




Section Leaders


15 Jan – 23 Feb ‘18 St. Kitts 21 INL

Executive Development


12 – 23 Feb ‘18 Barbados 21 INL

Basic Coxswain


05 – 30 March ‘18 Barbados 16 INL

Jungle and Survival


12– 23 March’18 Grenada 14 INL

Advance Outboard


14-25 May‘18 Antigua 16 INL

Staff and Command


19 March – 27 Apr’18 Antigua 21 INL
7 Engineering Admin 21 May -1 Jun’ 18 Barbados 16 INL

Internal Security


21 – 25 May ‘18 Barbados 30 EU

Internal Security


21 – 25 May ‘18 Grenada 30 EU

Internal Security


18 – 22 June ‘18 St. Vincent 30 EU

Internal Security


18 –  22 June ‘18 St. Lucia 30 EU

Instructor & Range Supervision


25 June – 20 Jul ‘18 Barbados 21 EU

Internal Security


02 – 06 Jul ‘18 Antigua 30 EU

Internal Security


02 – 06 Jul ‘18 St. Kitts 30 EU

Internal Security


16 – 20 Jul ‘18 Dominica 30 EU
16 Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction 2 – 20 Jul’18 Barbados 21 EU

Maritime Operations


13 – 31 Aug ‘18 Barbados 21 EU

Supervisory Management


10 – 21 Sept ‘18 Barbados 28 EU
19 Basic Course 17 Sept – 07 Dec ‘18


St. Vincent

32 US
20 Introduction to Digital Evidence Collection (formerly (IDEC) 22 Oct – 02 Nov ‘18 St. Lucia 18 RSS
21 Executive Development 5-16 Nov’18



21 EU

Introduction to Digital Evidence Collection


12 – 23 Nov ‘18 St. Kitts 18 RSS
23 Instructor Development Jan – Feb’19 Barbados 21 EU
24 Advance Coxswain Feb-Mar’19 Barbados 21 INL
26 Staff and Command Mar- Apr’19 Antigua 21 EU
27 Crime Scene Technician May – June’19 Barbados 21 EU




Command & Staff

This course is designed for persons who are likely to be deployed in command of an RSS Task Force or as part of a Joint Staff Headquarters…


The Regional Security System has been conducting the Land Basic Course for many years. The Course has been improved in a number of areas…


Maritime Training for the RSS Coast Guards and Maritime Police Units is currently being conducted at the Barbados Coast Guard Headquarters…


Exercise TRADEWINDS is an annual disaster and security training exercise which was first held in 1987 in Jamaica to test the capabilities of…
Land Forces

Land Forces

The Regional Security System (RSS) was involved in its first major operation one year after its inception when in 1983, the RSS forces was among the first to land in Grenada during the intervention operation.  This provided the RSS with its ultimate test and one which it proved equal. In July 1990 the attempted coup in Trinidad saw the RSS mobilize a force to support the democratic government and the reaction and mobilization were remarkable.

In 1989 Hurricane HUGO set another challenge and the Forces of the region played a vital role in the disaster relief operation.  The receipt and dispatch of relief supplies were coordinated by the RSS and the international relief agencies were extremely grateful for the organisation that the RSS provided in a traditionally chaotic area of disaster relief.  The concept of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) was born out of response to hurricane HUGO.


Operations since Inception

1983 – The Grenada Intervention Operation
1989  – Hurricane HUGO in Antigua, St. Kitts and    Nevis and Montserrat
1990 –  The aftermath of the attempted Coup in  Trinidad and Tobago
1994 –  St Kitts and Nevis – Internal Security (Prison uprising situation)
1995 – Hurricanes LUIS and MARILYN in Antigua and St. Kitts  and Nevis
1998 – Hurricane Georges in St. Kitts and Nevis
1998 – St Vincent and the Grenadines – Operation WEEDEATER (eradication of cannabis)
2003  – St Lucia –  Operation BORDELAIS (Transfer of prisoners to new prison)
2004 – Grenada – Hurricane IVAN
2005- Barbados – Operation RESTORE PEACE
2007 – CWC 07 in RSS Member States
2010 – Haiti – Operation RESTORE COMFORT

2011 Response to Hurricane TOMAS in St Vincent and St Lucia  
2015 Response to Tropical Storm ERIKA in Dominica.
2017 CDRU Deployment in response to Hurricanes IRMA and MARIA. RSS Deployment to Dominica in response to Hurricane MARIA