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Sinckler: BLP snubbed police force

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party never showed any interest in the Royal Barbados Police Force.

And former Prime Minister Owen Arthur has gone on record as saying that policemen were not special. St Michael North West MP, Chris Sinckler, issued this rebuttal today in the House of Assembly in response to claims made by former Attorney General, Dale Marshall, that the police force was the best equipped constabulary in the region under their regime.

The Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs told Parliament that the current Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, has claims brought by police officers who were struck by falling pieces of masonry or falls from broken chairs.

Sinckler reminded Marshall that the decline in morale in the Royal Barbados Police Force arose because of a lack of promotion under the BLP.

The St. Michael North West MP added that the Democratic Labour Party had improved the physical plants of several police stations since assuming office in 2008.

Sinckler explained that there have to be checks and balances in a police force hence the establishment of the Police Complaints Authority, noting that the public needed an authority to which complaints can be referred.

The Minister of Finance said resources had been provided to purchase a high speed boat for cops and vehicles had either been bought or leased to enhance the mobility of the force.

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