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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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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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 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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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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