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Police praise private sector support in the north

Police are promising business owners on the West Coast that the Royal Barbados Police Force is making progress in its investigations into a spate of burglaries in the area.

At one hotel alone, Senior Superintendent of Police Lybron Sobers disclosed, there were 25 burglaries up to April.

He made that disclosure and promise as he met with close to 80 business owners at the Colony Club Hotel yesterday evening.

Sobers, who heads up the force’s Northern Division, told the media that such forums were critical in forging closer relationships between the police and the citizens they are sworn to protect, serve and reassure.

“People have been hearing about crime being down in Barbados and it is also down in the northern division, but we thought that although it is down, we should meet these people and hear their concerns,” he said.

“We didn’t want to be too reactive to things; so we came together and thought it appropriate to meet and speak and get the issues and concerns of the people in the northern division. During the meeting there were a lot of questions, which we were able to answer, and we are pleased that there are persons in the business sector who expressed their commitment to working with us to ensure that crime is further reduced.”

Sobers said similar meetings would be held every three months.

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