RSS ARU Hosts Civil Cash Seizure, Detention And Forfeiture Webinar

RSS ARU Hosts Civil Cash Seizure, Detention And Forfeiture Webinar

RSS ARU Hosts Civil Cash Seizure, Detention And Forfeiture Webinar

Regional Security System | Friday, October 16, 2020

The Regional Security System’s Asset Recovery Unit (RSS ARU), hosted a Webinar series with a training workshop on Civil Cash Seizure, Detention and Forfeiture. (Stock photo)

Cash seizure, detention and forfeiture are effective mechanisms used to deprive criminals of their ill-gotten gains, and enhances the region’s security, stability and well-being. 

To this end, the Regional Security System’s Asset Recovery Unit (RSS ARU), hosted a Webinar series with a training workshop on Civil Cash Seizure, Detention and Forfeiture. This training was delivered to law enforcement officers, financial investigators, customs officers and representatives from the Directors of Public Prosecutions and Attorney General’s offices drawn from across the seven RSS Member States.

The event examined and facilitated the sharing of best practices in investigating, managing and prosecuting civil cash seizure, detention and forfeiture matters. It also presented an opportunity to review cash seizure policies, present case studies and discuss recent cash seizure trends and patterns.

Discussions revolved around challenges pertaining to data and evidence collection, statistics and finding solutions to procedural challenges in investigating and prosecuting cash seizure cases. Participants welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with their regional and international counterparts who are involved in the fight against organized crime and corruption.

The panel of expert presenters at the webinar was drawn from the Financial Intelligence Units of the RSS Member States, CFATF, CARICOM IMPACS, Jamaica, France and the UK.

The RSS ARU provides technical assistance to the Member States through mentoring on live cases, providing training to law enforcement and criminal justice practitioners in financial investigations and asset recovery, providing legal advice, regularly engaging with stakeholders and advocating for standardized proceeds of crime legislation across the seven RSS Member States.

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Contract For The Supply and Installation Of Digital Forensic Management Platform Hardware and Software

Contract For The Supply and Installation Of Digital Forensic Management Platform Hardware and Software

Contract For The Supply and Installation Of Digital Forensic Management Platform Hardware and Software

Regional Security System | Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) intends to award a supply contract for the supply, delivery, installation, testing and after-sales service in #19 Keate Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago with financial assistance from the 11th EDF.

Details on the contract may be obtained by clicking here. The deadline for submission of tenders is December 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Possible additional information or clarifications/questions shall be published on the website of DG International Cooperation and Development: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/online-services/index.cfm?do=publi.welcome and CARICOM IMPACS website: http://caricomimpacs.org.

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CARPHA and RSS Team Up to Deliver Supplies

CARPHA and RSS Team Up to Deliver Supplies

CARPHA and RSS Team Up to Deliver Supplies

Regional Security System | Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Director of CARPHA, Dr. Joy St. John handing over medical supplies to Senior Administrative Officer in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Gillian Applewhaite, while Executive Director of the RSS, Captain (N) Errington Shurland and Officer Commanding (RSS Airwing), Major George Harris look on. (Photo courtesy Ministry of Health and Wellness)

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Regional Security System (RSS) have teamed up to help Member States prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The organisations are working together to distribute 15,000 throat swab test kits and 30,000 medical face masks which were donated by the People’s Republic of China to CARPHA. The critical supplies and equipment are being delivered to nine CARPHA Member States by the RSS.

CARPHA and the RSS have a long-standing partnership and have previously collaborated on the response to public health emergencies such as hurricanes. More recently, the two regional organisations have worked together to transport samples for coronavirus to Member States since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Poses Threats To Regional Security

COVID-19 Poses Threats To Regional Security

COVID-19 Poses Threats To Regional Security

Regional Security System | Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Executive Director of the RSS, Captain (N) Errington Shurland

Cyber security, border security and food security within the Caribbean region have been highlighted as three areas which pose significant vulnerabilities during a crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

This was the view of Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS), Captain (N) Errington Shurland, as he delivered his presentation at the first Virtual Security Conference in the Caribbean Community which was hosted by the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS).

Captain Shurland stated that COVID-19 presented new challenges to addressing the already existing transnational crimes such as the illegal trafficking of drugs and firearms and the rising level of violence.

“The pandemic has definitely brought into stark reality the multi-dimensional nature of security challenges confronting our region… Individually they threaten the well-being of CARICOM countries but together they threaten our very existence,” he asserted.

The RSS official indicated that with the recent surge in remote business operations and information and communications technology (ICT), there has been a rise in cybercrime, with evidence showing a 350 per cent increase in the phishing of websites.

Stressing the need for cyber security providers to shift their focus to building a resilient cyber domain, Captain Shurland stated: “I would suggest, strongly so, that consideration be given to signing on to the Budapest Convention; it is the first international treaty seeking to address internet and computer crime by harmonizing national laws, improving investigative techniques and increasing cooperation.”

He further noted that countries in the region must be more agile in creating or updating national cyber security strategies.

The Executive Director also highlighted the importance of border security coordination, noting that the operational challenges which border security agencies had faced in the first stages of the COVID-19 outbreak highlighted the need to “step-up” assistance on health related issues, including crisis management and contingency planning.

Captain Shurland posited that: “Just as transnational organized crime does not stop at borders similarly the coronavirus does not.  The importance of Border Security coordination and cooperation is even more critical as a consequence of COVID-19, and evidence suggests that there is a need for a better Border Management System at the national level that is fully integrated.”

The RSS head maintained that “an overarching regional response mechanism that includes the development of plans for biological, chemical, radiological and even nuclear hazards, at the intermediate and national response levels, must be considered.”

With regards to food security, Captain Shurland underscored its connection to national security.  He explained that due to a catastrophic decline in revenues and insufficient access to concessional financing, countries may be unable to import food, which would lead to food shortages and could potentially spearhead civil unrest.

“The onset of COVID-19 has underscored for our region, and indeed the global community, the need to establish effective and meaningful collaborative mechanisms to anticipate global risks and threats… What is critical for us not only as a region, but as a global community, is to focus on information sharing… I believe that multilateralism is critical in wrestling COVID-19 to the ground,” he opined.

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CBSI-Connect Project Vacancies

CBSI-Connect Project Vacancies

CBSI-Connect Project Vacancies

Regional Security System | Friday, July 3, 2020

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), established by the CARICOM Heads of Government, is seeking suitably qualified individuals to fill the following posts for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Connect Project – the Transferal of the CBSI-Connect Platform to CARICOM IMPACS:

  • Project Officer, CBSI-Connect Project
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Technician, CBSI-Connect Project
  • Frontend Developer, CBSI-Connect Project

All applications should be submitted to CARICOM IMPACS no later than July 15, 2020 and must include the individual’s nationality, work experience, educational qualifications, summary of professional skills, the contact information of three (3) references (at least two of whom are familiar with your work or education), and other relevant information.

Applications may be sent by emailing careers@carimpacs.org or via mail to The Executive Director, P.O. Box 4585, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad And Tobago. Online applications are strongly recommended.

For full details click here.

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