11th EDF, Invitation To Tender To Supply Digital Forensic Management Platform

11th EDF, Invitation To Tender To Supply Digital Forensic Management Platform

11th EDF, Invitation To Tender To Supply Digital Forensic Management Platform

Regional Security System | Monday, November 16, 2020

RSS Asset Recovery Unit Exceeding Targets

RSS Asset Recovery Unit Exceeding Targets

RSS Asset Recovery Unit Exceeding Targets

Regional Security System | Monday, November 2, 2020

From left to right: Head of the Regional Security System Asset Recovery Unit (RSS ARU), Grenville Williams; Executive Director of the RSS, Captain Errington Shurland; UK Development Director for the Caribbean, Stefan Kossoff; and British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Her Excellency Mrs Janet Douglas pose for a photo to to commemorate the enduring partnership between the UK and RSS. (Photo courtesy British High Commission)

Through the efforts of the Regional Security System’s Asset Recovery Unit (RSS ARU) some US $26.8 million of criminal assets have been identified and restrained, while approximately 120 money-laundering investigations are being undertaken.

This was brought to the fore during a plaque unveiling ceremony at the RSS’ Fusion Centre at Paragon, Christ Church, which was held to mark the transition of the RSS ARU from a UK-funded project to an integrated department of the RSS.

British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Her Excellency Janet Douglas, lauded the department for its work in ensuring that criminals are not allowed to keep the illicit gains of their criminal activities. She also noted that with the ARU’s achievements came the realisation that it was necessary for the RSS to assume responsibility for the ARU’s operations.

“I want to commend Captain Errington Shurland, Executive Director of the RSS, for his governance and stewardship over the ARU since its formation in December 2015. I must also commend his team for their hard work and personal commitment to the growth and sustainability of the ARU.

“The simple fact that the RSS Member States took on responsibility for the ARU, demonstrates its perceived value and importance to the region. We are proud of the contribution that the former UK Department for International Development (DFID) made towards this vital work on asset recovery across the Eastern Caribbean. We look forward to the continuation of a close partnership between the RSS and the UK under the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO),” the British High Commissioner maintained.

With reports showing that US $7.5 million has been forfeited by the courts and an additional US $4.5 million has been seized and is in the court process, the RSS ARU continues to exceed its performance targets and make its stamp on the fight against serious organized crime and corruption.

Through the years, the RSS ARU has worked to build capacity and capability within regional law enforcement agencies and Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs). It has provided mentoring on live cases; facilitated training for law enforcement and criminal justice practitioners in financial investigations and asset recovery; raised awareness of the magistracy and judiciary; regularly engaged with and provided advice to stakeholders; advocated for and aided in the implementation of standardised and updated Proceeds of Crime legislation across the seven RSS Member States.

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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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