Upgrades coming soon for RBPF

Acting Attorney General Michael Lashley

The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) may soon be able to step up its efforts in policing the island’s air space.

Plans are on the way for the Force to acquire a state-of-the art drone to assist in its surveillance efforts.

Speaking at the Bridgetown Division Retirement Function at the Royal Barbados Police Force at Solidarity House last night, Acting Attorney General Michael Lashley assured officers that the allocation for this item should be available during the new financial year.

Lashley also revealed that Cabinet had recently given permission for an upgraded telecommunication system at a cost of $5.7 million, to better facilitate police communications internally and among other first responders.

He said the previous system purchased in 2004 was obsolete to the point that it was becoming difficult to source parts.

Lashley also noted that during 2014, the RBPF bought a high speed boat at the cost of $850 000 so as to increase capability in marine activities related to search and rescue operations, pursuit and boarding and touring of vessels. He said the purchase of the vessel was also intended to enhance the response to traversing the coastal waters of Barbados at relatively high speeds.

He pointed out that even in the current economic climate, Government still continued to provide the force with its renewed fleet of vehicles requested annually.

“Government recognizes its role in providing the necessary framework to permit the Royal Barbados Police Force to function effectively. And I want to assure you that you can count on our continued to support in your efforts to maintain the security of this country,” he said.

The Minister also pledged efforts to strengthen the Force’s intelligence sharing efforts. He said as crime becomes more sophisticated, it was necessary for law enforcement to develop the skills and abilities and to be proactive and to respond effectively.

“Policing has become a highly subsidized discipline, which must be able to address from the most simplest of crimes to the most complex of illegal enterprises which may originate in cyber space and involve international players,” Lashley stressed.

“While we continue to place these major demands on the police, Government recognizes that there must be an enabling environment to promote the successes being demanded.”

Lashley remarked that Barbados with its emphasis on tourism and international business services, has been able to maintain a reputation for safety and freeness of movement, which must attributed to a large extent, to the sturdy efforts of the police.

However, he noted that it must not be ignored that there were disturbing trends that have emerged over recent years, making it essential for officers to be on a heightened alert to detect contraband which might be lingering on the borders or are being directed to domestic sources.

“As we all know, the activity generated by the flow of contraband fuels violence and creates an additional dimension to be addressed by law enforcement officers. I am therefore happy to state that members of the Royal Barbados Police Force have been the beneficiaries of training in wide ranging areas which have built their capacity to respond to the changing or more demanding environment.

“Training has been offered through regional and international partners and these initiatives have served to sharpen the skills of our police to the extent that they are able to record major successes in investigations and resolving crimes,” he said. (AH)


18 Responses to Upgrades coming soon for RBPF

  1. Stephen Rock
    Stephen Rock February 21, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    What on earth are you speaking about. The police don’t need any upgrades.them need man power.at lease an other 2000 plus force addition.not to mention access. Stop the over promising and under delivering.

  2. Cecil P February 21, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    now that’s what I’m talking about .RBPF can’t do the job if they don’t have the proper high tech tools for the job there doing . there’s too many smart ass high tech criminals out there . RBPF have to stay one step ahead of them .right now the criminals probably are one step ahead of the police .if that’s the case police have a lot of catching up to do .from the north pole

  3. seagul February 21, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    The RBPF are assisting the criminals–from gun running to Columbia. Wake up………… old school..

  4. Alex Alleyne February 21, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Moving right along and making sure the job is done right. Barbados must do all in it’s powers to clean our streets of “guns and drugs”.
    I am very concern about the “flying of DRONES”……ban them.

  5. Ronald Hazell
    Ronald Hazell February 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Wow you mean the Police want more manpower and money,think bro.

  6. jrsmith February 21, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I do hope ,there is good, land base ,technology to support the drone…
    One thing I would like the Acting Attorney general, to clear up for us, Why most senior police officers, in Barbados ,are as like himself ,, acting..in they post ,this seems to be going on for some time now…

    • Donild Trimp February 22, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      jrsmith I know you mean well but what are you trying to convey?

  7. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar February 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    This is long over due and I hope to see better infrastructure for the police .

  8. BaJan boy February 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Who aren’t acting retiring. The force will soon be affected in a very serious by the brain drain we are witnessing all because of the clowns running the country..here he was at another retirement function too shame to give names or numbers…

  9. Dwayne Durant
    Dwayne Durant February 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    This government just want to be heard no damn body needed to know that is what they were planning to do you now give the bad boys a heads up to keep one step ahead of the law smh goats all goats

  10. Cecil P February 21, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    seagul u seem to know a whole lot about these inside jobs and out side jobs and what going on between the RBPF and the criminals and the gun running to Columbia thing . I’m not asleep hello I’m already up .listen up all police isn’t bad there’s some very good cops out there .now here’s a tip for u . u can make some extra money on the side. since u seem to know so much about what the cops and the criminals are doing. why don’t u become an informer and work with good cops to help weed out oops .I shouldn’t use that word but seagul u know what I’m talking about .they should be some be money in it for u. u with me? have a nice day

  11. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 21, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Upgrading Coming Soon, hope that includes, Freundel and his cartoon characters.

  12. seagul February 22, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Police activity should promote public inspiration for the integrity of the nation. We must look beyond the money–those wretched benjamins.

  13. jrsmith February 22, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Must further add , adding a drone , to policing in Barbados, is not going to be that effective , drones carry varying classifications.. The acting attorney general, is he aware ,most of Barbados fail security is , land base, in house. Domestic..we need to deploy a lot of digital ,xray equipment , at all ports air and sea..

    My take, the deployment of cameras ,everywhere, also forcing businesses to join the 21st century with they security, studies show, one good camera , strategic place, carry the vigil of , 11.69 , of human security.personnel.. this is old , I stand corrected on this..

    • Donild Trimp February 22, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      jrsmith why do you insist on placing a coma after every
      three or four words?

      You do make some good points but kindly resist the urge to place a coma every where in your sentences. It is annoying.

      Please take this as constructive criticism and nothing else.

  14. jrsmith February 22, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    @, Donild Trimp, hail, hail, the last guy who criticize me is in heaven, died from a dual at dawn on a heath in London. just teasing thank you, that’s a common problem I need to get over, that’s from being an electronic technical writer as part of my career.

  15. Cecil P February 22, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    seagul I’m with u with on this one just this one . we all should play our part and help in anyway we can .


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