Policing the Christmas party
The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) Children’s Christmas Party committee could soon be putting a rein on the number of people who attend the annual event.
This is according to chairman of the committee, Oral Williams, who said there has been an increase in the number of people attending over the years but a decrease in donations.
The event, which is over 60 years old, caters primarily to children of police officers and other civil servants. But Williams, who is also assistant commissioner of police, lamented that there has been a steady increase in the number of older Barbadians attending the free event designed for the children.
He made the comments today after presenting winners in this year’s raffle with their prizes, and accepting a donation from the Barbados Ex-Police Association of Toronto.
The raffle, which is in its fourth year, forms a part of the fund-raising events in order to host the annual party for the children. The other fund raising event was a concert held in November.
“We do not depend on any of the Government funds to host this event. All the contributions are provided by individuals, institutions and fund-raising events,” said Williams.
“We don’t only cater for the children of the police officers but we do so for civilian employees and people who walk in off the streets. We don’t turn them away, but it is becoming more and more expensive because we don’t turn them away and maybe next year we wont allow that. We will look at some more stringent ways of controlling the people who walk in. Some children over the age of 50 sometimes walk through the gates,” said Williams.
He later told Barbados TODAY the committee received “a lot” of donations from the public which helped them to host the event this year, adding that it has got more difficult to host the party over the years given financial constraints.
The party was held at the Police Sports Club on December 14. Williams said while the committee would like to present every child who attended the event with a gift, the “focus is on having a good time and having something to eat”.
This year’s prizes for the raffle included a 32-inch flat screen television, a cellular phone, a bicycle, dinner for two and a Jolly Roger cruise.