Changes required at police force
The hierarchy of the Police Force is mulling over the introduction of a 100 days of service responses initiative aimed at combating crime, even as it reports a 22 per cent dip in overall reports.
However, Acting Assistant Commissioner Erwin Boyce, who made the announcement yesterday, said such an initiative would require many changes, particularly at the level of the force.
“It is going to call for a resocialisation of the force, it’s going to call for retraining, it’s going to call for redirecting of focus, and it’s even going to call for prioritisation programme within the force,” he said.
“The whole question of prioritisation has to be delivered in a way that gives assurance that your report will always be dealt with, your report will always be active before us and that the initial action that we will take in responding to your report will be contingent upon the urgency
in the report.”
The police official was speaking at the relaunch of a neighbourhood watch programme in Atlantic Shores, Christ Church. That community has been described as one of the safest in the country.
He said issues such as school violence, nuisance behaviour, cyber crime activity, and general lawlessness in society continue to place high demands on the human resources of the force, which in turn could affect the service delivery.
During the launch, Boyce revealed that while overall crime is down, the number of murders and aggravated burglaries committed up to this point of 2014 are above what was recorded for the same period last year.
He said five murders have been recorded, while there were four last year. At the same time, he said, four of the killings have been “solved within reasonable time”.
On the other hand, the 18 cases of aggravated burglaries represents a 38 per cent increase over the 2013 period.
“It’s not a runaway situation and our efforts to solve has been very robust and we’ve had quite a bit of success in the effort,” Boyce assured.
He indicated that while it appears that criminals are communicating and grouping together more, the force is ready to meet the challenges head on.
“We remain confident that we can robustly provide the kind of responses that are absolutely necessary in such matters,” he said, adding that Barbados remains a safe jurisdiction.