RSS bids farewell to Grantley Watson

Law enforcement officials and members of the diplomatic corps last night bade farewell to the former Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS) Grantley Watson.

Watson, who is also a former Barbados Commissioner of Police, stepped down from his post at the helm of the regional body in January, after 13 years.

Grantley Watson, former RSS Executive Director

His successor, Captain Errington Shurland, hailed Watson’s achievements, including the introduction of polygraph and drug testing policies for the security forces of the seven RSS member states, as well as the establishment of the training institute at the RSS headquarters at Paragon, Christ Church.

“During his tenure at the RSS, Watson sought to analyze the criminogenic environments which undoubtedly affected the national security of member states.  This analysis led to new departments at the RSS headquarters being established to carry out research on areas affecting national security, as well as analyzing the crime patterns and trends, in order to establish evidence-based programmes to assist member states in coping with the levels of criminality and ultimately the dynamics of national developments,” Shurland told the reception at St Ann’s Fort.

Watson also served as a member of the Regional Task Force on Crime and Security, and was a member of the Core Technical Working Group that planned the security arrangements for Cricket World Cup, which was held in the Caribbean in 2007.

Watson, meanwhile, paid tribute to his staff, saying he could not have achieved success without their support.

“These people here helped me along. I may have the ideas but they would have the answer to help me move things forward,” he said.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, Government Senator Patrick Todd, as well as United States Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, and Canadian High Commissioner Marie Legault were among those who attended the reception. (MCW)

17 Responses to RSS bids farewell to Grantley Watson

  1. Tony Webster April 1, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Pride, and Infustry, personified, and glorified. Stand Easy, a Sir, with many , many thanks for your contributions to our Bajan well-being , and also that of our neighbours.
    May you enjoy every coming day.
    With respects.

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    • Bajan April 2, 2017 at 1:16 am

      I rise to second this motion.

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  2. Ernesta Catlyn April 1, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Another regional organisation that is nothing but a total and complete drain on Barbados’ limited resources.

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    • Malcolm King April 1, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Let’s strengthen this body and give them more resources. An invaluable asset to Barbados and the region.

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    • Bajan April 2, 2017 at 1:19 am

      Ernesta, this organization contributes significantly to you being able to sleep peacefully at night.

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  3. Keiandra Rudder
    Keiandra Rudder April 1, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Jeremy Boyce

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  4. fed up April 2, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Ms. Catlyn you are so very right!!

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    • Jennifer April 2, 2017 at 8:18 am

      @Ernesta Catlyn – Well said. All this takes is minute analysis to see that what you are saying is so correct. Mind you this organization is truly serving a MAIN purpose > and that is for the wars that, that no conscience lot is planning.

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  5. Diana Watson April 2, 2017 at 9:14 am

    We bid you farewell and thank you for your years of service to this Island. Your dedication and leadership cannot be rewarded enough for what you have accomplished through your tenured career. I thank you.

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  6. Carlisle Norville April 2, 2017 at 9:47 am

    in 1974, the Barbados Cost Guard situated in Oistins, had as its commander, a police retired officer, he had no idea about how to
    run the coast Guard truly effectively I was a lance corporal @ that
    time, it is the right thing to do, to let a military trained person, & one who also has an idea about military vessels ,run the R.S.S.NOT
    the police.army personnel are psychologically trained to hold the Best of standard’s,(what is the R.S.S doing about ALL the Cocaine,
    & gun’s in Trinidad.Barbados, & the other island’s, we need to get with the program.

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    • Bajan April 2, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Carlisle, I thought that the RSS was NOT the army but a civilian paramilitary law enforcement organization that supports civilian and military assets in the region. I was under the impression that the mission of the RSS is to enhance democracy in the member states by providing and maintaining a stable security environment where their socioeconomic activities would thrive. The local military supports the RSS with tactical and logistics, as does several other international governments, their military and civilian law enforcement agencies. I believe that a few NGOs are included as resources. RSS is a lot more than military tactics, guns and flash bangs.

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  7. North Point April 2, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Lets come together as a Nation and get the job done, a job well done Mr. Watson.

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  8. Ormond Mayers April 2, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Well done thou faithful servant. As you enter into the world of retirement , I offer best wishes and good health. Your have made a tremendous contribution to Barbados as top of the police Force and the region as Head of the RSS.

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  9. Bajan April 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    To Carlisle Norville Trinidad and Tobago are not part of the RSS and the RSS has provided much assistance to the member states. If you would read and follow the many activities RSS have been involved in you would know. It also appears thelat you don’t know what countries are part of the RSS.

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  10. Carlisle Norville April 2, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    from Carlisle to bagan, what you stated is accurate, there is nothing i can dispute. I would like however to ask you ,& person’s
    of your caliber of thought a question, how is it that we have these
    organization’s who perform so well & are held in high esteem, & yet
    there are corrupt cops pushing cocaine, & custom personnel taking cocaine from captains on cargo vessels, & nobody in know nothing
    I have found so much hypocrisy here in barbados that i stand appalled that my sweet lovely island is now full of criminals in high places. i have been in & out of barbados I was so proud of beautifull barbados now i realize that most of the people who run things in this island are currupt Verry educated & thinking only about themselves & asociates.

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  11. Carlisle Norville April 2, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I want to say Hi, to Jennifer ( hope you had a good day.)!

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    • Jennifer April 2, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      @Carlisle Norville – Come in brother. I had a sweet day thank you – sir. Hope you don’t mind the accolade. Nice to have a brother like you on board the battle ship Barbados >>>>>>>>>> code name serpent.

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