Police issue security warning

Police today issued an alert about companies hiring security guards with criminal records, likening the situation to asking a mouse to watch cheese.

Head of Community Policing, Station Sergeant Stephen Griffith, told the meeting he was seeing far too many instances of this occurring.

The matter was raised this evening at a meeting between representatives of the Royal Barbados Police Force and representatives of businesses operating in the area that falls within the jurisdiction of District A.

“A person who is a security officer must have an authentic security licence issued by Defence and Security. How do they get that? They must produce a certificate of character from the police,” he said during the meeting that lasted just over an hour.

Griffith later told the media police have seen businesses employ people who are “less than legitimate”.

“We want to ask all businesspersons, when they hire security officers, to ensure that they have the requisite documentation to ensure that they do not have persons operating as security officers and not being registered,” he advised, adding that business owners should also carry out their own checks.

“Although you may have outsourced your security aspect, you have to ensure that there are authentic persons at your company.”

Another concern raised during the meeting was the fact that some businesses have nonfunctional CCTV cameras.

The policeman warned businesses against such, adding that they should employ best practices at all times.

“We want to ask all persons who are using electronic security to ensure that it is functioning at all times. Sometimes you go to persons and the quality of the CCTV is poor and/or the CCTV is not functioning correctly so we want persons to, at this time, check and adjust and purchase new equipment,” Griffith said.

“We want to ensure that the coverage by security cameras is adequate for our investigative purposes. The server should never be kept on the same site that the footage is being taken and that is to ensure that the information kept on the server is there and ready for use if there’s an investigation,” he added.

8 Responses to Police issue security warning

  1. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer September 24, 2014 at 12:31 am

    These companies owner can’t be that stupid ! Do they know of Police certificate of character ? Give me a break !

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 24, 2014 at 3:19 am

    That’s why Barbados is also known as Little England. Next question they will be asking born citizens have you got the rights to work? One stupid ass question that is asked of born citizens of the UK the employers want all proof of documents I waiting for them to ask me for the name of the midwife or consultant who cut my umbilical cord.

  3. Dean Scantlebury
    Dean Scantlebury September 24, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Some of the police themselves are criminals who’ve avoided jail and they get to put on that uniform. And yes, you have to be careful who you hire, but are there no second chances after you’ve served your time and paid your debt to society? Priests become priests because some like young boys and police were once bullies in schools and security guarding is a boring, low paying, thankless job but somebody’s got to do it. And let’s face it, Barbados is full of THIEVES.

  4. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond September 24, 2014 at 7:01 am

    The police had to warn u all about, lol, smart people

  5. Mark Walkes September 24, 2014 at 7:31 am

    We cannot adopt such a blanket rule. Some people have made a serious error of judgement in their life which would have landed them a prison term. Some of these are remorseful of their deeds, paid the price of their actions and now want to be honest citizens. Should we then cast aside any employment opportunities for such persons, particularly if the security requirement is to prevent theft in business such as retail environments?
    We could have a different perspective in that with those with known convictions, the business owner is better equipped to know who he has employed. What about those who may be undertaking criminal activity within the same business but not have been caught as yet? They are criminals in every sense, yet they are employed.

  6. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer September 24, 2014 at 8:10 am

    They are hiring people who will work cheap

  7. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams September 24, 2014 at 10:57 am

    So, what is the point of a man serving time and you guys telling him his rehabilitation was a success- then to have him reintegrated into society to be told his criminal record limits the jobs he can get? Does this presuppose that every person with a record has it due to stealing?

    Secondly, how does this help someone who was innocent and fell victim to the unfair legal system? How can they be reintegrated into society when they are being likened to mice and their propensity for cheese?

    I think this article was a load of crap.

  8. Bernard Walker
    Bernard Walker September 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

    hola hola


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