Barbados’ Security Chief Cops 2022 William J. Perry Award

Barbados’ Security Chief Cops 2022 William J. Perry Award

Barbados’ Security Chief Cops 2022 William J. Perry Award

Regional Security System | Friday, September 23, 2022

Executive Director of the RSS and Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, Commodore Errington Shurland, flanked by Colonel Portillo respresenting the National Defense College of Honduras (left) and former Minister of Defense of Ecuador, General (Ret.) Raúl Oswaldo Jarrín Román, at the presentation ceremony for the 2022 William J. Perry Award.  (Photo courtesy the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies)

One of Barbados’ top security officials has been awarded the 2022 William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education.

Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS) and Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF), Commodore Errington Shurland, received the prestigious award from the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies in Washington DC, yesterday.

Commodore Shurland was bestowed this honour in recognition of his significant contributions in the field of security and defense, but attributes the achievement to the result of teamwork by the staff of the RSS, the BDF, and the military and police forces within the RSS Member States.

He lauded the governments of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union for their contribution to the development of citizen security and resilience in RSS Member States, and also expressed gratitude to the Perry Center for the ongoing assistance to Barbados in the development of the National Security Policy.

During his remarks, the RSS head underscored that there has been a paradigm shift in security challenges and criminal activities, and issued an urgent call for multilateralism.

“The contemporary security environment has become more complex, characterised by a melting pot of modalities of security threats such as transnational organised crime, terrorism, piracy, armed robbery at sea, environmental degradation, pandemic diseases, cyber-attacks and climate change, inter alia.

Within this hemisphere, the region is considered a zone of peace. Indeed there has not been a state-on-state conflict in the Western Hemisphere since the Cenepa war… Our zone of peace, our citizen security, our continued development, is challenged by transnational organised crime. [This] poses a clear, direct and escalating threat to public health and national security and development within the region,” Commodore Shurland stressed.

Professor of Practice at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, Dr. William Godnick, commended Commodore Shurland for his outstanding contributions in the security arena, and for sharing his knowledge with younger officers, ensuring that they were equipped to successfully complete the tasks with which they were faced.

“Commodore Shurland embodies the history and legacy of the Chiefs of Defence of the Barbados Defence Force, but I would also say in addition to his own academic accomplishments, his professional benchmarks that he has achieved, he leaves in his wake, young officers that are ready to take the mantle. In addition to our own accomplishments we have to judge people by what they leave as their legacy, and as a sailor who they leave in their wake,” he affirmed.

Other recipients of the 2022 William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education were former Minister of Defense of Ecuador, General (Rtd.) Raúl Oswaldo Jarrín Román and the Colegio de Defensa Nácional de Honduras.

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CARICOM IMPACS Is Looking For A Human Resources Manager

CARICOM IMPACS Is Looking For A Human Resources Manager

CARICOM IMPACS Is Looking For A Human Resources Manager

Regional Security System | Thursday, August 18, 2022

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), established by the CARICOM Heads of Government, is seeking a suitably qualified individual to fill the position of Human Resources Manager, with assigned duty station in Trinidad and Tobago.

The successful candidate will be required to develop and implement the Agency’s HR policies, procedures, programmes, and guidelines; manage and coordinate recruitment and organise and coordinate the review, analysis and evaluation of HR policies, programmes and guidelines, related legislation and systems and programmes within the relevant functional areas.

All applications must be submitted by September 16, 2022, by emailing careers@carimpacs.org  or mailing  The Executive Director, PO Box 4585, Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad And Tobago.

For full details on the vacancy and the relevant information which must accompany applications, click here.

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Regional Security System Launches Art Competition

Regional Security System Launches Art Competition

Regional Security System Launches Art Competition

Regional Security System | Friday, July 8, 2022

Artists from across the region are being challenged to create an artistic representation of the importance of a unified approach to ensuring the safety and security of its people.

This comes as the Regional Security System (RSS) hosts an Art Competition as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, under the theme Strength through Unity. The contest, which is open to persons of all ages who are citizens of RSS Member States, aims to highlight the talent within the region while heightening awareness on the role of the RSS.

The competition is divided into two categories – Juniors (persons 18 and under) and Seniors (persons 19 and over) and entries will be judged on creativity, originality, artistic technique and relevance to the topic. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-place winner of both categories.

Interested persons should submit their work in JPEG format, along with a completed entry form, to rsshq@rss.org.bb, with the subject of the email as “Art Competition Entry”. The deadline for the submission of entries is August 31, 2022.

Additional requirements and details on the competition may be obtained at https://www.rss.org.bb/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/RSS-40th-Anniversary-Art-Competition-Documents.zip.

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Non-Commissioned Officers Key To Regional Security

Non-Commissioned Officers Key To Regional Security

Non-Commissioned Officers Key To Regional Security

Regional Security System | Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Course was hosted by the Regional Security System and the United States Military Liaison Office, while training was provided by the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.

The United States government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the security and development of the countries within the Eastern Caribbean.

This assurance was given by US Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Linda Taglialatela, during her remarks at a closing ceremony for the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Professional Development Course hosted by the Regional Security System and the United States Military Liaison Office.

The US Ambassador underlined the importance of training in the security field, and alluded to the Non-Commissioned Officers, for whom she pointed out professional development was a matter of priority.

“The Non-Commissioned Officer is the backbone of every unit.  You have the duty to lead, train, and develop junior members, who will continue to carry the torch of excellence for future generations. 

“I ask all of you to return home and share the experience and knowledge from this course throughout your units’ ranks… As US Ambassador, I assure you that I will continue to support critical training opportunities like the one you just experienced,” Ambassador Taglialatela asserted.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the RSS, Commodore Errington Shurland, reiterated the significance of training and encouraged the 28 participants to practice good leadership qualities.

“We cannot achieve anything without good, strong, quality leadership and I am hoping that whatever you take away from this course you don’t only take away and keep for yourselves; knowledge transfer is important.

“Today’s young people need motivation, they need empathy, they need understanding from you as a leader, not only to give a command but to walk the walk with them and to take them through that process… Recognise that we are in a diverse world. We’re dealing with individuals from different cultures, different social-economic backgrounds. And if you look at the motto of the RSS and you reflect on that “Strength through unity”, we don’t operate as a Barbados or as an Antigua, or as a Commonwealth of Dominica, we operate as a collective,” he stressed.

The five-week course was led by officers of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of WHINSEC and Commandant of the NCO Academy, CSM Roberto Alvarez, sent a congratulatory message to the participants and encouraged them to work together utilising the knowledge which they gained from the programme.

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Seafarers Showered With Praise

Seafarers Showered With Praise

Seafarers Showered With Praise

Regional Security System | Monday, June 27, 2022

To mark the Day of the Seafarer and the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the RSS and BCGS hosted a number of demonstrations at the BCGS PELICAN, including a drug interdiction simulation. (Photo courtesy BDF)

The contribution made by seafarers to international trade and the economy was lauded during a celebration held at the Barbados Coast Guard Ship (BCGS) PELICAN, on Sunday.

The activities, hosted by the Regional Security System (RSS) and the Barbados Coast Guard, were held to observe the Day of the Seafarer and the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

During a brief opening ceremony, Deputy Director of the RSS, Graham Archer, paid homage to fishers, researchers, ship operators and all other occupations which operated in the maritime space, praising them for their continued efforts in spite of the several factors which affected their duties. 

Mr. Archer alluded to shipping in particular and noted that it had been negatively impacted in recent times. “In this current environment, we can see the effects of shipping on our economies. We know that there are shortages of items because shipping has been affected by COVID-19 and the war in Europe. You can tell by the prices in the supermarket which have gone up, shipping has become more costly. I say all that to drive home the major contribution that shipping makes to the economy,” he stated.

Affirming the RSS’ commitment to the development of the maritime space, the RSS Deputy stated: “At the RSS we try to contribute to the sustenance of the maritime environment by providing training for people who operate ships. We do a whole range of maritime courses… so that we can have a better maritime community to serve everyone in the region.”

Chief Fisheries Officer, in the Ministry of  Joyce Leslie, also commended persons who worked in the maritime sector, in particular those in the fishing industry, pointing out that it was one of the most dangerous occupations in the world.

“The vulnerable nature of fisheries, that includes not only the aquatic biological resources but also the harvest sector and the people who work on the ships, the fishers, are susceptible to a lot of threats, not only to their livelihood but also their security when they’re on the sea. Consequently, the Fishing Division is grateful for the continued exposure and enhancement of our staff through the many training exercises and interventions conducted by the RSS over the past years,” she maintained.

Ms. Leslie said that the Fisheries Division had been metaphorically joined at the RSS’ hip since its inception, and noted that “the issues associated with, and emanating from, illegal and unregulated fishing within the region and the deleterious impact it can have on our fishing resources can only be combatted through a regional initiative using the resources of the RSS.”

During the two-hour activity, visitors to the BCGS PELICAN saw a net-throwing demonstration by fisherman Selwyn Bowen, search and rescue and drug-interdiction simulations, and a presentation on how to handle an emergency at sea by fishermen Everton and Donville Brathwaite.

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RSS Invested In Sustainable Development Of The Planet

RSS Invested In Sustainable Development Of The Planet

RSS Invested In Sustainable Development Of The Planet

Regional Security System | Saturday, June 4, 2022

Executive Director, and Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, Commodore Errington Shurland, at the tree planting ceremony at the Claudia Rollins Park, Fairy Valley, Christ Church. (GP)

The Regional Security System has reaffirmed its commitment to the protection of our environment and is invested in the sustainable development of our planet.

This was underscored during a brief ceremony yesterday, where Executive Director of the Regional Security System, Commodore Errington Shurland, planted a Jacaranda tree in the Claudia Rollins Park at Fairy Valley, Christ Church. The activity, which forms part of the RSS’ 40th anniversary celebrations, was held to mark World Environment Day, which is officially recognised on June 5.

Commodore Shurland pointed out that while the RSS’ mission was to ensure the safety and security of the people in our region, it was also necessary for the organisation to play a significant role in the protection of the external surroundings.

“As part of our commitment to protecting the environment, we will endeavour to do more and better with fewer natural resources. At the RSS Headquarters, we have installed water tanks, invested in photovoltaic cells for energy consumption and are in the process of procuring electronic vehicles, all in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint,” he stated.

Alluding to the positive characteristics of the Jacaranda tree, the RSS head noted that: “For years to come these trees will continue to grow and provide shade and oxygen, not only for recreation, but to remind us of the necessity and our dependency on a healthy natural environment.”

The Jacaranda tree was donated by the National Conservation Commission.

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