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Crime down 15 per cent, boasts acting police chief

The island’s acting Commissioner of Police is jumping for joy like never before.

In his Christmas message released today, Tyrone Griffith said the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) was proud and beaming with joy at having been able to reduce crime by an “unprecedented” 15 per cent during the past year.

Griffith said this had been achieved despite the prevailing difficult socio-economic climate.

While not elaborating on the crime situation, he thanked the public for its support, saying “we could not have achieved such a stellar performance without you”.

The acting police chief also said he was passionate about the quality of service offered by the RBPF, as he pledged to do whatever was necessary to ensure they combat crime.

Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith

Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith

“We will deepen our efforts to engage challenged communities and communities as a whole. I urge business persons and householders to place emphasis on the security of their premises and to do your utmost to make visitors to our shores safe and comfortable,” Griffith assured.

As Christmas approaches and police seek to ensure a safe and secure environment for Barbadians and visitors, he called on his officers to provide service with a smile.

“I have asked that they exude that appearance and provide the presence and kind of police response that stimulates confidence and reassures our public that this wonderful land is still safe to traverse and enjoy.

“By this, your experience should be such that you feel comfortable seeking our assistance, confidence relating to us and supporting us,” stated Griffith.

The acting commissioner of police also encouraged all Barbadians to share the spirit of the season by giving to those who were less fortunate.

“Spend a quiet moment to reflect on those who are sick. As you celebrate with your family and friends, I implore you to consider your owns safety and avoid vulnerable situations.

“You have our undertaking that with God’s guidance and your continued support, despite our challenges, we will provide the kind of service you have grown to expect.”

He has extended best wishes to the general public for a safe and enjoyable Christmas and a healthy and fulfilling New Year. 

4 Responses to Crime down 15 per cent, boasts acting police chief

  1. Tony Waterman December 24, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Telling us that Crime is down 15% during the past year, without telling us how the year ran, or what the Crime rate was during the last measured period, is just asking us all to take your word for it Sir, that is NOT how statistics are delivered. that way means absolutely NOTHING to ANYONE, except you of course (Feel Good)
    PLEASE have a Happy, Merry and SAFE Christmas, and PLEASE111Delive us some PROPER STATISTICS in the NEW YEAR

    Merry Xmas to you and all Members of the RBPF

  2. Olutoye Walrond December 24, 2014 at 10:31 am

    From where did the hierarchy of the Police Force get the notion that when crime falls the credit goes to them? The overwhelming majority of crimes are committed with no Policeman or woman in sight. It is simply impracticable for them to provide security against most criminal activity.

    How, for example, does the Force prevent burglaries, murders, rapes, larceny from the person and the myriad other acts that constitute crime? Certainly not by patrolling streets and neighbourhoods periodically.

    Isn’t it a fact that householders are more safety conscious; that many homes now have barriers to unwanted entry; that persons are more careful about their movements, especially after sundown?

    And if you are going to take credit for a fall in crime do you also take the blame when it increases?

  3. kay-rani rosita December 24, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    It says crime down 15 per cent, you should be happy it is not up 15 per cent. Quit complaining!

  4. Olutoye Walrond December 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I don’t know about you, kay, but I do recognised the difference between being happy about something and being sceptical about the claims of those who take credit for it.


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