Police Officers And Soldiers Form Part Of RSS Peacekeeping Mission To St. Vincent And The Grenadines

Police Officers And Soldiers Form Part Of RSS Peacekeeping Mission To St. Vincent And The Grenadines

Police Officers And Soldiers Form Part Of RSS Peacekeeping Mission To St. Vincent And The Grenadines

Regional Security System | Friday, June 4, 2021

Members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force were deployed to St. Vincent and the Grenadines to assist in the peacekeeping mission on the island. (Photo courtesy RSCNPF)

A 10-member contingent comprising Police Officers from The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) and Soldiers from the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF) left the Federation on May 29, 2021, for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The team will form part of a peacekeeping mission to the territory following a request made to the Regional Security Service (RSS) by its government. The six Soldiers and five Officers will be in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for three weeks with their regional counterparts to assist local authorities in maintaining security and protecting property on the main island where the La Soufrière Volcano forced thousands to be evacuated. They have all been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Before boarding the RSS plane, Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, wished them well, adding that the exercise was crucial and would provide support to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He also reminded them that the COVID-19 virus was still very much a threat and encouraged them to stay safe.

“Let this be a good show of regional solidarity to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines from the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis. Let your conduct and behaviour be such that you will enhance the respect and regard of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the people and Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. So may God bless you. Keep safe,” said Prime Minister Harris.

All the Officers on the St. Kitts and Nevis team are nationals of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Commissioner of Police, Hilroy Brandy, said that the initiative provided them the opportunity to visit their families and property during their downtime. He encouraged them to do their best.

“Remember you are there as members of The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force. I want you to stay alert and to follow orders and make us proud. The people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are going through a difficult time and the authorities there need help,” the Commissioner implored.

Also present at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport to see the contingent off, were Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for Operations (RSCNPF), Adolph Adams, Public Affairs Officer (SKNDF), Major Kayode Sutton and Commanding Officer, ‘A’ Company (SKNDF), Captain Jervin Lapsley. They also wished them well and a safe journey.

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RSS Coordinating Regional Relief Efforts In St. Vincent And The Grenadines

RSS Coordinating Regional Relief Efforts In St. Vincent And The Grenadines

RSS Coordinating Regional Relief Efforts In St. Vincent And The Grenadines

Regional Security System | Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Coast Guard vessels have been deployed from Barbados to St. Vincent and the Grenadines since the first eruption of La Soufriere on Friday, April 9. ​(GP)

The Regional Security System (RSS) continues to provide relevant support to the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as that country faces the ongoing eruption of the La Soufriere volcano.

Regional Maritime Officer at the RSS, LT (CG) Rolerick Sobers, pointed out that the RSS is currently coordinating the efforts of the security agencies across the RSS Member States, as they work with the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

He confirmed that there have been two maritime deployments comprising Coast Guard vessels from Barbados to St. Vincent and the Grenadines since the first eruption on Friday, April 9; the first to deliver supplies, including water, equipment and cots, and the second to transport assessors from the CDRU and CDEMA.

Lt. (CG) Sobers noted that there had been no reports of security issues from the Commissioner of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force. He however noted that the situation was “dynamic and changing very quickly”, and the RSS was prepared for any eventuality that may occur.

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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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