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Amalgamated Security Services Limited Executive Chairman's Tribute to Randolph T Charles M.O.M.

As the Chairman and Founder of Amalgamated Security Services, it is with profound reverence and heartfelt gratitude that I reflect upon the departure of one of our most esteemed colleagues, Mr. Randolph Charles M.O.M. His significant contributions and unwavering dedication have left an indelible mark not only on our organization but on the wider community and beyond.

Mr. Charles, a former Commissioner of Prisons and Director of ASSL prisoner transport division, stood as a cornerstone in the foundation of our Prisoner Transportation Division back in 1996. Yet, his presence among us transcended mere professional titles; he was a trusted confidant, a guiding light, and a cherished friend. His presence illuminated the corridors of our offices, exuding qualities that were as rare as they were admirable.

In the realm of integrity, Mr. Charles was a beacon, exemplifying honesty in every interaction and decision. His demeanour, marked by humility and respect, commanded admiration from all who had the privilege of working alongside him. Self-respect was not just a virtue he upheld; it was a principle that guided every facet of his being.

But perhaps what set Randolph apart most prominently was his unwavering commitment, loyalty, and devotion to duty. I can vividly recall the countless nights spent poring over tender documents, with Randolph’s steady presence serving as both anchor and inspiration. Even amidst the most arduous tasks, he remained resolute, his work ethic unwavering, his dedication unyielding.

Beyond his role in pioneering prisoner transportation, Randolph’s impact extended far beyond the confines of our organization. During our stewardship of the prison system in Antigua, his leadership was instrumental in implementing reforms and elevating standards, leaving an enduring legacy of progress. Additionally, the establishment of the Caribbean Correctional Association (CCA) stands as a testament to his vision and foresight, shaping the landscape of correctional services regionally.

His participation in tenders for several B.O.L.D projects involving the design, build, and operation of correctional facilities across multiple islands showcased his imaginative leadership and commitment to advancing the field of corrections.

Moreover, his involvement in the “Mercy” halfway house project for the Trinidad and Tobago government exemplified his compassion and dedication to holistic rehabilitation. Randolph understood the importance of providing support beyond the prison walls, offering individuals the opportunity for a second chance and a path to redemption.

Notwithstanding his many commitments, Randolph remained deeply connected to his roots within the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service. His unwavering support for initiatives such as support for  the prison music band, the prisons annual calypso competition, and providing various sponsored  training opportunities demonstrated his commitment to fostering a positive and enriching environment for both staff and inmates alike.

Yet, amidst his professional accolades, Randolph remained steadfastly grounded, never losing sight of what truly mattered. His humility, his unwavering faith, and his dedication to his family served as a testament to the depth of his character. He approached every task with modesty and grace, never seeking recognition or personal gain.

As I bid farewell to Randolph, I do so with a heavy heart, yet buoyed by the knowledge that his legacy will endure. His departure reminds me that all good things must come to an end, but the impact of his life’s work will reverberate through the halls of our organization for generations to come.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Randolph Charles embodied these ideals, and his legacy serves as a guiding light for us all.

Rest in peace, dear friend. Your memory will forever be cherished, and your legacy will continue to inspire us to reach greater heights.

Dr. Michael Aboud Chairman and Founder

Amalgamated Security Services

Amalgamated Security Services Limited – Prisoner Transport Division

Since 1995, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago contracted Amalgamated Security Services Limited to transport prisoners from various detention centers to the courts in Trinidad and Tobago. – ASSL Intranet.

The Division was formally opened by

Senator the Honorable Brigadier Joseph Theodore

Minister of National Security


Saturday December 28th 1996

                                                                  Pioneers of this Division are

Michael Aboud

John Aboud

The Randolph T Charles M.O.M

Teddy Brathwaite

Arnim Inniss

Pamela Hosein

Commissioning of Prisoner Transport Division of Amalgamated Security Services Limited on 28th December 1996.

From left to Right: Senator, The Honorable Brigadier Joseph Theodore – Mr. Michael Aboud, Chairman, Amalgamated Security Services Limited – Mr. Randolph Charles, Director of Administration, Prisoner Transport Division.



On December 15th 1997, a contingent of Security and Prisons personnel of Amalgamated Security Services Limited left Trinidad on board a special flight sponsored by the government of Antigua and Barbuda, bou8nd for that Caribbean Island. The Contingent named TEAM ANTIGUA went to Antigua on the invitation of the Antigua and Barbudan Government to assist in the Management and Administration of Her Majesty’s Prisons, due to a series of riots by inmates.

Acting under a special charter issues by Governor General Sir. J. B. Carlisle, Team Antigua took over control of the prisons on the night of December 17th, 1997. During the ensuing days they uncovered a large quantity of Cocaine and Marijuana estimated street value of $5M. E.C along with assorted arms and ammunition, electronic equipment and other contraband items.

Due to the highly professional efficient manner in which the take over and related activities were conducted, the Team was labeled as “The Mercenaries from Trinidad’ by the local media.


Michael Aboud, Chairman/Managing Director, Randolph T Charles M.O.M, Lennox Watson, Rafael Sequea, Insp. Ricardo La Borde i/c Team Security, Insp. Turnip Guy, Paul Edghill, Insp. Morrison Gayadeen, Insp. Emmanuel Forde, Drill Instructor, Insp. Mark Job, Drill Instructor, Aubrey Edwards, Welfare officer, Michael Benjamin, Medical Officer, Colvin Maynard, Euclid Garraway, Peter Black, Garry Charles, Peter George, Sherwin Fortune, Errol Frederick, Garvin Haynes, Ralph Ramnarace, Patrick Sylvester, Gregory Jack& Angela Frederick


Sgt. Anthony Ottley, Sgt. Allan Cummings, Sgt. Leo Mahadeosingh, E/C. Norris Elder, E/C David Murray, E/C. James Stephen, E/C. Wayne Khelawan, E/C. Keston Crosby, E/C Anthony Joseph, E/C. Terrence Daniel, E/C. Sean Beaucoud & E/C. William Snell

Presentation of Public Address Systems for use at Prison institute (1998)

Left to right: Former Commissioner of Prisons Carlo Mc Coney, Director of – Prisoner Transport Division Mr. Randolph T Charles, Former Commissioner of Prisons Leo Abraham, Chairman, Amalgamated Security Services Limited Mr. Michael Aboud, Former Acting Commissioner of Prisons Mervyn Harris

 Caribbean Corrections Association CCA   

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