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.
“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.