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No guns or tasers for court marshals

Despite safety concerns, the island’s court marshals will not be armed with guns to protect themselves during execution of their duties. And, for the time being, they will not be allowed to carry tasers or pepper spray either.

Registrar of the Supreme Court Barbara Cooke-Alleyne said the authorities were aware of the dangers these marshals faced while executing their day-to-day functions.

However, she told Barbados TODAY following the closing ceremony of a training course for 15 court marshals at the Regional Police Training Centre that providing them with deadly or potentially crippling weapons was out of the question.

“We have to discuss and see whether that is within the law [on whether] pepper sprays and tasers are acceptable. I am not sure that they are and we have to stay within the realms of the law of what they can use and not use.

“Baton training is good for them as well because we know that is something that they can use as well to defend themselves within the boundaries of the law. So, pepper sprays and tasers we are thinking of how to defend yourself, how to protect yourself, as opposed to having to assist you in an arrest,” she told Barbados TODAY.

The top judicial official gave the assurance, however, that the marshals’ safety remained a concern.

“It’s a different Barbados. That is why they had this course. This course is supposed to help them, prepare them, on how to disarm persons with weapons and how to use their handcuffs whilst they [exercise their duties],” Cooke-Alleyne said.

She said that marshals also depended heavily on police for assistance and revealed that discussions were being held with Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite on how to improve their security.

Meantime, addressing the gathering, Chief Marshal Adrian Lovell said his charges faced dangers from both humans and animals in the execution of their duties, while insisting that they needed to know how to defend themselves.

“Marshals encounter resistance from the public, third parties [such as family members of the accused], they also get attacks from animals and the occasional weapon-yielding accused. Under those circumstances the marshals must be able to defend themselves,” Lovell said.

Course coordinator deputy commandant Rodney Archer urged the marshals to be agents of change while the Commandant of the Regional Police Training Centre Sylvester Louis urged them to get themselves physically fit in order to execute their jobs effectively. 

9 Responses to No guns or tasers for court marshals

  1. Himmel Klar
    Himmel Klar March 12, 2016 at 5:04 am

    This is a classic case of too much education and no common sense. It should not be her call. This is why Parliament need to enact a law for the safety of Court Marshals. It seems like this Arschloch is two F’s short of being retarded.

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 12, 2016 at 5:13 am


  3. Lawrence Griffith
    Lawrence Griffith March 12, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Thank goodness someone has the common sense to see that weapons aren’t needed. Can someone please tell me when was the last time a court marshal was killed? The chances are very small and they have a better chance at getting kill by lightning than on the job. Barbados doesn’t need to be a police state.

    • Olutoye Walrond March 13, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Lawrence, I’m not getting your connection between arming marshalls and being a Police state. How does one lead to the other?

      And the fact that no Marshall has been killed yet is no justification for not equipping them to defend themselves. They do a job that places them in some danger and should really have more than a baton of defence.

      It would be left for the relatives of the first to die to agonize over why they had to wait until their loved one was killed to do something. These are not good times we live in.

  4. Twistedfalife March 12, 2016 at 6:08 am

    The authorities to be are still living in the old age don’t they see what’s going on in Barbados it might have to take a Marshall being killed or seriously injured for them to think seriouly about the safety of these Marshall. And on another note why have Marshalls and always need the police to assist them in there jobs.police men and women should be one of the highest paid in the civil service.check ……..accident….police… police……mental patient, domestic violence, disturbance, ….every thing ya could think bout call the police.and yet still under paid.shaa what the government really thinking.

  5. harry turnover March 12, 2016 at 7:31 am

    It is NOT the Magistrate decision full stop.All Parliament has to do is to amend the law and she would have to comply.@ Lawrence Griffith …where are you living ?? Court Marshalls have been ATTACKED by HUMANS and DOGS.
    If someone is eventually killed or maim what would be your response ? In my opinion ,a POLICEMAN SHOULD accompany ALL Court Marshalls at ALL TIMES with DOGS ( return the favor ) and you would see how fast that stupidness would stop…. OR let the Police with DOGS do the job of Court Marshalls.

  6. Concerns Citizen March 12, 2016 at 9:06 am

    If you armed Court Marshal’s they will become trigger happy Cowboy’s. Train them in the use of baton’s & they will be able disable threats from people & dogs.

    • Donild Trimp March 13, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Dear Concern(s) Citizen your post is pure crap.

      Training Court Marshalls in the use of batons will allow them to disable threats from people and dogs?

      You are delusional.

  7. Philip March 12, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Baton training..? A Marshal of the court ? These men and women put their lives on the line every single day againts and all the system can give them is a baton and handcuffs not even a bullet-proof vest. These big wigs lie in their beds while law enforcers are out there risking life and limb to make a difference in a society that no longer has no remorse for human life and you are saying these Marshals should not be armed. ?Wake up.


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