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Monday, August 30, 2004 – A Strategic Review Team of the Regional Security System (RSS), was on the island recently, on a fact-finding mission, regarding the provision and state of security of a number of institutions.

While here, the team focussed on port security, tourism, illegal importation of drugs and fire arms, as well as the impact of HIV/AIDS and school drop out.

Head of the visiting Strategic Review Team of the RSS, retired General Cameron Ross, said they would be in consultation with a number of stakeholders to discuss the various security needs of the state. He added that the RRS would also be examining whether their own structure, organisation and funding met the present requirements to effectively deal with the anticipated security threats to the region.

According to General Ross a sense of security stems from a general easiness about the state of things in a country. He said “The ability of people to walk to school, to work in the market place without the threat of some security attack against them. So the RSS perhaps has a role in this, because drugs are a major factor, fire arms are a major factor in the security dynamics. Each country cannot afford to deal with these issues as a single entity. It is very clear that there must be a pooling of resources and this is perhaps what the RSS can assist in.”

During the RSS short visit, the team paid courtesy calls on Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Lousiy; and Prime Minister, Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony.

The local press was also invited for a look into the RSS operations.



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