RSS Assisting With St. Vincent & The Grenadines Evacuation

RSS Assisting With St. Vincent & The Grenadines Evacuation

RSS Assisting With St. Vincent & The Grenadines Evacuation

Regional Security System | Thursday, April 8, 2021

Residents of areas surrounding the La Soufriere volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are currently being evacuated. (Photo: RSS)

The Regional Security System (RSS) has been mobilised and is assisting its Member State, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with the evacuation of residents as they prepare for the possible eruption of the La Soufriere volcano.

Executive Director of the RSS, Captain (N) Errington Shurland, has affirmed that at present his team is working with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the St. Vincent National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO ) and the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC), to do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of the residents there.

The island moved from a state of orange alert to red alert earlier this evening, and an evacuation order for the immediate areas surrounding the volcano was issued by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.

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Interview Process Important In Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault Prosecution

Interview Process Important In Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault Prosecution

Interview Process Important In Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault Prosecution

Regional Security System | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Persons who are on the front-line in investigating domestic violence and sexual assault cases are urged to approach victims in an understanding manner, in an effort to encourage them to divulge relevant information. (Stock photo)

According to statistics from UN Women, there were significant increases in reports of domestic violence across the region in the first half of 2020, coinciding with the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was therefore timely for the Regional Security System to host a Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Course for law enforcement officials from Regional Security System’s (RSS) Member States.  

For Principal Crown Counsel in Barbados, Krystal Delaney, the course included several valuable topics which would be necessary in prosecuting sexual offences and domestic violence cases, in particular the interview technique.

Speaking to the participants during a virtual closing ceremony, Ms. Delaney, drawing from her own experiences, emphasised the importance of executing a thorough and appropriate interview, and underscored that the interview process differed based on the situation and the victim.

Alluding to a previous case involving a young child who was a victim of sexual abuse, the law official stressed that a child cannot be questioned in the same manner as an adult.

“In order to get the best information possible from a child… they should be made to feel comfortable and reassured, which will encourage them to disclose what they have been through. I’ve learned that asking children questions like what time and how long is counterproductive, and sometimes detrimental, as they often do not grasp abstract concepts like time. …

“I see from your course outline that you were taught the Lyons 10 Step Investigative Interview Technique. I cannot emphasise the importance of this type of interview enough in providing a statement that is objective and reliable,” she asserted.

Ms. Delaney also spoke to the interview techniques that were required for adults who were victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, pointing out that there should be a “victim-focused approach to interviewing”. She therefore urged persons who may be on the front-line in investigating such cases to approach victims in an understanding manner, in an effort to encourage them to divulge relevant information.

“First responders must be respectful, sensitive, compassionate, patient, non-judgmental and understanding. The interview, and the information gleaned therefrom, is crucial in laying the foundation on which the prosecution is ultimately built… As we say in Barbados, if you start right, you will end right.

“We have legislation criminalising domestic violence and sexual offences… The legislation means nothing if we cannot get the information from the victims and witnesses in the best way for presentation at court,” the Principal Crown Counsel outlined.

The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence course was made possible through a capacity building programme with the Georgian College in Ontario, Canada, which offers specialised programmes in police studies.

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Strategy And Leadership Go Hand In Hand

Strategy And Leadership Go Hand In Hand

Strategy And Leadership Go Hand In Hand

Regional Security System | Thursday, March 18, 2021

Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, Colonel Glyne Grannum, stated that strategy was one of the main activities of leadership. (Photo: RSS)

Implementation of policies and activities designed to ensure national and regional security, depends heavily on a “well-laid strategy”.

This was underscored by Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, Colonel Glyne Grannum, during his address at the closing ceremony for the virtual Strategic Leadership Course hosted by the Regional Security System (RSS) Training Institute.

Speaking to the participants of the course which comprised 30 leaders and representatives of regional law enforcement and security agencies, Col. Grannum stated that strategy was goal-focused and was one of the main activities of leadership in their field of work.

He posited that “… a high-level strategy ought not to be a stand-alone document”, but should be accompanied by implied strategies and operational tasks.

“Strategies are practical documents or schemes-of-manoeuvre… For us in the whole of government and society, regional defence and security alliance, strategy provides direction related to multidimensional security objectives, international relations, roles of security institutions and agencies, implementation plans and the required instruments, resources and capabilities…”

“Importantly, strategy must balance policy objectives and the leverageable resources and capabilities of state or alliance power using specifically determined pathways to achieve desired outcomes,” Col. Grannum explained.

Meanwhile, Director of Operations and Planning at the RSS, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Forde, issued a call for participants to take advantage of what they learned as it would be necessary in navigating the current complex environment, noting that since the COVID-19 pandemic, strategic leadership within our political directorate and in individual forces has been tested.

“… Learning is a continuous process. We need to keep learning new skills and acquire new knowledge in order to live and work more productively, effectively and efficiently. In a dynamic and ever-changing security environment, you can expect to have to continually update your skills and knowledge in order to adapt to even more complex situations,” he stated.

UK Defence Attaché to the Caribbean, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Westlake said: “In delivering this virtual programme, the UK continues to work with our Caribbean partners to collectively share experiences, to develop ways of thinking and of working together to better tackle contemporary security challenges that threaten lives and livelihoods…

“The virtual programmes reflect the UK’s continuing desire to collaborate with Caribbean partners, despite the challenges presented by COVID.”

The programme, which was funded by the UK Ministry of Defence, was held on March 11 and 12. It offered insight into topics such as Leadership Models and Ethics; The Strategic Context; Critical Decision Making; Strategy Development and The Challenge of Change and Communication.

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Building Integrity For Senior Law Enforcement Officials

Building Integrity For Senior Law Enforcement Officials

Building Integrity For Senior Law Enforcement Officials

Regional Security System | Thursday, March 18, 2021

Participants of the Building Integrity for Senior Leadership course which was hosted by the Regional Security System Training Institute, in collaboration with the United Kingdom Defence Academy. (Photo: RSS)

A good leader must have, among other qualities, personal integrity, and this may be the most critical facet of their character.

This was the view of Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS), Captain (N) Errington Shurland, as he delivered an address at a closing ceremony for the Building Integrity for Senior Leadership course which was hosted by the RSS Training Institute, in collaboration with the United Kingdom Defence Academy, for 34 law enforcement officials from across RSS Member States.

Captain Shurland said that while many great leaders have said “integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking”, he believes that two important components of integrity are adherence to a moral or ethical principle and pursuit of an undiminished state or condition.

He added that integrity required persons to look within themselves and forego self-righteous declaration.

“Everyone makes mistakes, so being a person of integrity doesn’t mean you haven’t committed a moral or ethical violation ever. What it means though, is having the strength of character to learn from those misbehaviours and to seek continual self-improvement…

“So before we can even embrace the notion of integrity, we need to develop the ability to logically wrestle with the urge to rationalise our underlying faults and related consequences,” the RSS head asserted.

Captain Shurland declared that his integrity today is as a result of valuable lessons learnt and noted that it was necessary for a leader of any organization to set the tone for others.

These sentiments were also shared by the Director of Policing and Risk Management at the RSS, Major Kerry Waterman, during his remarks.

Emphasising that while it was the responsibility of leaders to ensure that staff within their organisations upheld its values, Major Waterman pointed out that the onus was also on them to set the right example.

He maintained that leaders must sustain the highest standards of professionalism and uphold the ethics and standards that are required from subordinates and colleagues.

“As the Director of Policing and Risk Management, I work closely with the Director of Training in the designing of the policing standards. It is important that when the RSS deploys in whatever capacity, from humanitarian assistance, disaster response to peace-keeping missions, that our troops are aware of the standards expected of them, and are trained and given the tools to do such,” Major Waterman stated.

The two-day programme focused on topics such as Strategy; Public Financial Management; Fraud and Risk Management and Corruption Risks in Complex Security Environments.

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Supply And Installation Of Digital Forensic Management Platform Hardware And Software

Supply And Installation Of Digital Forensic Management Platform Hardware And Software

Supply And Installation Of Digital Forensic Management Platform Hardware And Software

Regional Security System | Friday, February 5, 2021

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), with financial assistance from the 11th EDF, 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.

The tender dossier is available at CARICOM IMPACS #19 Keate Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, or may be accessed by clicking here.

Possible additional information, clarifications or 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.

The deadline for submission of tenders is Friday, April 30, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

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