Shields expands global investigative reach

| August 28, 2014

Caribbean news. The founders of two of Jamaica’s leading investigative firms, Mark Shields of Shields Crime and Security Consultancy and Former DCP of the JCF and Denis St.Bernard of Priority Investigation Services and Former Principal of the Insurance College of Jamaica, have teamed up with George Moffatt,  a successful international businessman and former UK police senior investigator of serious and organised crime and fraud. The three partners will proactively spearhead a joint venture called “Priority Shields International Limited” to target various Caribbean Business Sectors, Agencies, Companies and high net worth individuals, in need of security assessment and investigation services.

Denis St Bernard says “Sectors such as the Insurance, Banking and Finance Industries are forever vulnerable to new methods of fraud and theft. ‘Priority Shields International Limited’ will help those industries and particular individuals to strengthen their defences against such crimes”.

Although the operations headquarters will be in the UK, focus will be targeted at due diligence / investigation services to Caribbean foreign direct investments (FDIs) and the Caribbean Diaspora.

The Three Principals

Mark Shields

Mark Shields

Mark Shields has an enviable reputation in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean through his four year tenure as Deputy Commissioner of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and latterly as the owner of his own company, Shields Crime and Security Consultancy.  He has acquired a deep knowledge of all the issues that affect Jamaica and the business environment and successfully influenced substantial changes in both policing and social confidence and attitudes. With more than thirty-years of policing in some of the world’s toughest criminal hotspots, from Frankfurt in Germany, London and Kingston in Jamaica, he has experience in VIP protection, hostage negotiation, strategic intelligence and serious crime and anti-terrorist investigations.

Mark Shields was the first international police officer to be recruited into the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). He was appointed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of crime and intelligence As Deputy Commissioner, he was engaged in policing at a strategic level with focus on modernising the police force, reducing the high murder rate in Jamaica, fighting police corruption, improving the standards of criminal investigations and developing an intelligence-led approach to policing some of Jamaica’s most dangerous areas. He built an exemplary reputation with the people of Jamaica. His previous work included posts as a drugs and organised crime liaison officer with the National Criminal Intelligence Service, Shields worked from Frankfurt, Germany where he kept watch on the East European mafia and banking centres in Switzerland, then used by money launderers

 

Director, Priority International Denis St Bernard

Director, Priority International Denis St Bernard

Denis St Bernard is a Business Development Consultant and well known in the Caribbean Regional Insurance and Risk Management industry.  He held the position of Vice –President of the Association of Insurance Institute of the Caribbean (AIIC); Principal and CEO of the Insurance College of Jamaica, before successfully establishing himself in the Investigation and Security Sector in Jamaica, over the last 18 years, as Founder of the Priority Investigation Services Group, which comprises a network of 6 Branch locations throughout Jamaica, which now extends into the UK’s Caribbean Diaspora market.

He has continued in the UK with his business endeavours, with the establishment of Priority First UK, a company whose vision is to provide business support, risk management and other related services both locally and internationally. Having lived and worked in three continents, including Africa, with an impressive track record of turning around businesses, he naturally brings not only his Caribbean experiences but vital experiences and skills, gained in other regions, to the Joint Venture.

He has many years experience in community work and was Regional Coordinator of the United Nations Association of Jamaica (UNAJ) and founder of the Caribbean Enterprise Network UK (CENUK) www.cenuk.net  and co host of Risky Business, a popular call –in radio programme, which aired on KLAS in Jamaica and i95.5fm in Trinidad.

George Moffatt

George Moffatt

George Moffatt enjoyed a successful career as a homicide and serious and organised crime investigator in a large UK city police force. He formed his own training and consultancy company and worked internationally for eleven years, six of which in Jamaica. During those eleven years, he delivered specialist investigation training, professional development, capacity building and strategic planning consultancy to both public and private sector police and law enforcement organisations in Jamaica, South Africa, Ethiopia, Botswana, Sri Lanka, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Siberia, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and as a result he has extensive experience in private sector business management and public sector organisational development.

He has just completed a three year term as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of a large third sector organisation, where he led a successful reorganisation and change management programme. During the previous two years he worked as an independent consultant conducting corporate investigations into fraud and corruption as well as advising companies on Business Continuity Planning and Business Risk Management.  He was for a number of years the Course Director for the two nationally acknowledged ‘flagship’ serious crime investigation courses delivered at the National Police College, Bramshill, England.

 

We bring very different, but related skills to the table and found that the chemistry in working together very exciting and has tremendous potential in globalising our services, with Jamaica / Caribbean as the hub, explained Mr. Moffatt.

‘This would mean a greater demand for Jamaican Investigators to be trained to meet our growing needs locally, regionally and internationally’, sighted Mr.Shields.

CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFO :- Denis St.Bernard –Email – denisstbernard@gmail.com Cell 44 – 7806483062

Mark Shields – Email – mark@shieldscsc.com Cell ja 5650000

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