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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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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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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EU Officials Pay Courtesy Call on RSS

EU Officials Pay Courtesy Call on RSS

EU Officials Pay Courtesy Call on RSS

Regional Security System | Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Executive Director of the RSS, Commodore Errington Shurland, and Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS, Lt. Col. Michael Jones (right), met with (L-R) EU Head of Delegation to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska; Deputy Director General, Directorate General for International Partnerships of the European Commission, Myriam Ferran; and Managing Director, Americas, European External Action Service (EEAS), Brian Glynn.

Management of the Regional Security System (RSS) and the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) recently received a courtesy call from officials of the European Union’s (EU) Headquarters in Brussels, at the RSS Headquarters.

EU Head of Delegation to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, introduced the Brussels team, comprising of Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for International Partnerships of the European Commission, Myriam Ferran; Managing Director, Americas, European External Action Service (EEAS), Brian Glynn; and Team Leader for the Caribbean, International Partnerships of the European Commission, Olga Baus,. Members of the EU Delegation Office also included Ovidiu Naftanaila, Felipe de la Mota and Luc Patzelt.

Executive Director of the RSS, Commodore Errington Shurland, and Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS, Lt. Col. Michael Jones, outlined the various activities and roles of the two regional security organisations and highlighted initiatives currently being undertaken to reinforce security within the region.

Lt. Col. Jones highlighted the results of strengthened EU cooperation and noted the establishment of new offices within the Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC) of CARICOM IMPACS including the World Customs Organisation, the United Kingdom Liaison Office and the Interpol Regional Office.

Meanwhile, Commodore Shurland shared a number of current and emergent security matters which were affecting the RSS Member States, and the wider Caribbean. He emphasised that these trending security issues would steer the organisation towards strengthening strategic partnerships to help improve security of maritime borders and cyber space, as well as expand the support provided to RSS Member States in asset recovery, counter-terrorism financing and compliance with financial rules and regulations.

The presentations were keenly acknowledged by the EU party, who expressed an interest in deepening its relationship with the RSS in the future.

As part of the meeting, the visiting party toured the RSS Headquarters’ facilities, particularly the Digital Forensics Laboratory, the Asset Recovery Unit, and the RSS Air Wing.

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