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Boyce: “Treat public with dignity”

One senior police officer wants his colleagues in the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) to treat members of the public “with dignity”.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, Erwin Boyce has warned that despite the power given to police officers, it was critical that they maintained the trust and respect of those whom they have sworn to protect.

He made the comments while delivering the feature address at the closing ceremony of the Basic 3W’s Criminal Investigation Course at the Regional Police Training Centre yesterday.

“One of the greatest concerns within the organization is how we treat people. In other words the extent to which we acknowledge the dignity of the human being in the execution of our duty, and I need to emphasize that, because from time to time we see allegations of abuse of power and it is founded on a complaint of ill-treatment or maltreatment,” Boyce told the 20 graduates.

“… A human being has dignity. Policing is about people. Policing means meeting people, creating interaction. Yes we can give you all of the equipment you want and all of the technology you want, but fundamentally it is about dealing with people and dealing with people with dignity.

“…You need to recognize the dignity of human beings in the execution of your duty and that is paramount. We cannot help but re-emphasise that,” he maintained.

Boyce said he believed it was possible for police officers to carry out their duties without infringing on the rights of others.

“I believe that in any situation, you must be aware that is indeed very much possible and practical to meet the workers of your duties, without violating the rights of others. That is, without viewing the other person in a condescending manner.

“We must always remember that we operate in an open theatre, subject to public scrutiny at all times. As investigators I encourage you to remember that our function as police officers rests to a large extent on the complete understanding of the principle of fairness and human treatment. It is founded in the oath of allegiance for police officers not only to uphold and enforce the law, but too protect all persons against illegal acts,” he pointed out.

Boyce said this was extremely important because not only were police officers held to a higher standard by the public, but they are also under greater scrutiny from the media.

He insisted that while officers had hundreds of positive interactions with people on a daily basis, it was the few aberrations that were highlighted, and had the power to taint the image of both the organization and the individual involved.

9 Responses to Boyce: “Treat public with dignity”

  1. jrsmith February 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Dear , Mr ,Senior Police Officer, this comes late, you should direct your comments to our politicians, Barbados , was and is always going to be a them and us society, dignity only comes when its them, the minority of our society, I don’t think our BPF is doing a bad job, but…

  2. Wade Gibbons
    Wade Gibbons February 6, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    And when it comes to quality this gentleman Erwin Boyce is one of the finest human beings and first class leaders around. A credit to the Royal Barbados Police Force.

  3. Elvis Howard
    Elvis Howard February 6, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Agree Wade. Had a chat with him couple season ago at Weymouth during cricket. Very approachable and open minded.

  4. Neval February 6, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Wade I totally agree. We have to pray for continuity of the same high standard..

  5. Sunita Lampitt February 6, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    It is good to hear these comments , since some officers when conducting a simple interview always come over as aggressive and unmannerly, hence the reason why some members of the public do not cooperate with them.

  6. Jeffrey Bourne
    Jeffrey Bourne February 6, 2016 at 9:24 pm


  7. Observer February 7, 2016 at 8:50 am

    That is very good advice I hope those young men and women take it and run with it

  8. Ras Simeon February 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Respect must be mutual and we as a race of people (black people)
    Have absolutely no respect for each other, both police and civilian are guilty, yet we can be constantly seen showing respect to other races, both police and civilian are also guilty of that…
    I am not preaching race here, I am speaking reality…
    I pray the day will come that the entire human race would see each other as equal beings as we are in the eyes of the Almighty.
    We need to be reeducated on how to deal with our own race …we already know how to treat other races.

    The day we learn to love and respect our very own then other races will have no choice but to respect us.

  9. arjun February 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    You RBPF everything is being done BACKWARDS.You are putting your EGO before your PSYCHOLOGICAL SELF. None of your new recruits none of them dont even know themself they’re all BRAINWASHED just like some of those in society. No different from batch before or even before that.


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