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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Prayers For Injured BDF Officers

Prayers For Injured BDF Officers

Prayers For Injured BDF Officers

Regional Security System | Saturday, June 13, 2020

An explosion at the Barbados Defence Force base at Paaragon, christ Church, left two officers injured. (Photo: RSS)

Two officers of the Barbados Defence Force were injured in an explosion at the Paragon, Christ Church base yesterday.

The unfortunate incident left a Chief Petty Officer and a Petty Officer nursing injuries about their bodies.

Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS), Captain (N) Errington Shurland, offered heartfelt wishes on behalf of the RSS management and staff and stated that they were “praying for a speedy recovery” of the injured parties.

He noted that staff of the RSS Headquarters, which is also located at Paragon, had to be evacuated, but were not directly affected by the incident.

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Work Of Former CDEMA Head Lauded

Work Of Former CDEMA Head Lauded

Work Of Former CDEMA Head Lauded

Regional Security System | Monday, June 1, 2020

The RSS has had a “hearty and healthy relationship” with CDEMA, during the tenure of former CDEMA head, Ronald Jackson. (Photo: RSS)

The work of former Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, recently came in for high praise from Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS), Captain (N) Errington Shurland.

Conveying sentiments on behalf of the RSS Council of Ministers, the Security Chiefs and the management and staff of the RSS Headquarters, Captain Shurland lauded Mr. Jackson for his “sterling contribution” to CDEMA and presented him with a plaque to express gratitude for his service. “Your passion, commitment and dedication to disaster risk management in the Caribbean for the past seven years has been nothing short of outstanding,” he affirmed

The RSS official boasted of the “hearty and healthy relationship” which the two institutions have enjoyed under Mr. Jackson’s tenure, and gave the assurance that the RSS would strive to maintain that bond.

Mr. Jackson was appointed Executive Director of CDEMA on April 3, 2013. He has provided sterling leadership of the regional coordination and responses to Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent after the Christmas Trough in 2013; Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica in 2015; Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017; Hurricane Dorian in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in 2019 and in the current COVID-19 Pandemic now affecting the region.

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Prisons Equipped to Fight COVID-19

Prisons Equipped to Fight COVID-19

Prisons Equipped to Fight COVID-19

Regional Security System | Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Members of the Barbados Defence Force transferring sanitizing supplies for shipment. (Photo: RSS)

Prisons in Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are now better equipped to combat the infection and transmission of COVID-19.

Executive Director of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS), Lt. Col. Michael Jones and Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS), Captain (N) Errington Shurland, handed over various basic sanitation supplies to Superintendent of the Barbados Prison Service, Lt. Col. John Nurse, during a brief presentation at the RSS Air Wing, earlier today. Lt. Col. Jones then made a similar presentation to the Superintendent of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prison Service, Brenton Charles, along with British Resident Coordinator, Steve Moore, at the Argyle International Airport.

Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS, Major Michael Jones and Executive Director of the RSS, Captain (N) Errington Shurland, handing over sanitation supplies to Superintendent of the Barbados Prison Service, Lt. Col. John Nurse. (Photo: RSS)

The items which were donated include infrared thermometers, cleaning products such as disinfectant, liquid soap, bleach and hand sanitizers, among other necessary supplies, all in accordance with guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation for the prevention and control of the pandemic in prisons.

The Prison Service of Suriname also benefited from the donations, and their supplies were recently airlifted from the Grantley Adams International Airport by Surinam Airways. Nine other CARICOM Member States will also receive supplies over the next week.

The handover of the supplies are a joint effort of CARICOM IMPACS, the British High Commission in Port of Spain and the RSS, which will be transporting the items to the various Member States.

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