RSS gets help on hu­man traf­fick­ing

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

Hu­man traf­fick­ing con­tin­ues to present a chal­lenge to law en­force­ment of­fi­cials in the Caribbean.

It is against this back­ground that law en­force­ment per­son­nel will get train­ing to deal with hu­man traf­fick­ing from the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (GBI).

GBI direc­tor Ver­non Keenan said it was one of the ar­eas iden­ti­fied by the Re­gional Se­cu­rity Sys­tem (RSS) in which the United States agency had been asked to share its ex­per­tise.

Keenan is in Bar­ba­dos along with spe­cial agent in charge of the GBI, Tre­bor Ran­dle, to con­duct lead­er­ship train­ing for RSS per­son­nel at the base at Paragon, Christ Church.

“I have found in my trav­els across the world, work­ing with law en­force­ment and pub­lic safety, that we all have the same prob­lems; we all face the same is­sues and we have the same train­ing needs,” Keenan told the Week­end Nation be­fore yes­ter­day’s ses­sion.

It was the sec­ond time the US law en­force­ment agency was con­duct­ing train­ing in Bar­ba­dos.

The train­ing ex­perts have been brought here through the Caribbean Law En­force­ment Foun­da­tion, a Us-based non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that sup­plies free train­ing to the Caribbean through the RSS. Its pres­i­dent, Us-based Bar­ba­dian David Wat­son, a for­mer mem­ber of the New York Po­lice Depart­ment, said the foun­da­tion recog­nised the need to train the re­gion’s po­lice and de­fence forces in the area of pub­lic safety and was re­spond­ing to that need through the part­ner­ship with the GBI.

The agency also pre­sented the RSS with a gift of 75 trauma kits. Ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the RSS, Cap­tain Er­ring­ton Shur­land, ac­knowl­edged the con­tri­bu­tions.

(Pic­tures by Ri­cardo Lea­cock.)

It was a time of praise and cel­e­bra­tion for the New Tes­ta­ment Church of God.

(Pic­ture by Gercine Carter.)

In dis­cus­sion at the Re­gional Se­cu­rity Sys­tem head­quar­ters at Paragon, Christ Church, yes­ter­day were pres­i­dent of the Caribbean Law En­force­ment Foun­da­tion, David Wat­son; as­sis­tant ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the RSS, Gra­ham Archer; RSS ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, Cap­tain Er­ring­ton Shur­land; and direc­tor of the Ge­or­gia Bereau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, Ver­non Keenan.

Bishop Dr Ish­mael Charles pours oil on ad­min­is­tra­tive bishop Dr Ken­roy Burke and wife Natalie Burke.

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