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Security official wants national peacekeeping force

A regional security official is warning that police alone may not be able to adequately deal with the social fallout from rising unemployment and other economic challenges affecting the region.

And even though national crime statistics may not be pointing to a significant increase in violent crime at this time, Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Security Professionals (CASP) Oral Reid has also cautioned that the brazen nature of many of the reported acts has left Barbadian citizens on edge.
“Persons are shooting with impunity, shooting in broad daylight, crowded streets, public places,” he told the opening of CASP’s Annual Regional Conference at the Savannah Hotel this morning.

Reid, who is a former Assistant Superintendent of Police with the Royal Barbados Police Force, is therefore calling on local law enforcement authorities to solicit the support of private security officers in a national peacekeeping strategy.

However, he said his suggestion should not be viewed as any attack on the policing styles employed by the various agencies, but rather as an opportunity for citizens to recognize their role in the maintenance of law and order.

“I have listened to debates on crime and violence and I am acutely aware of the relevance of our socio-economic context within which the discourse is currently taking place,” said Reid, who pointed out that “along with the decline of industries, natural disasters have seriously damaged the economies of many of our small islands.

“Hence most of the credible research now shows significant outstanding public debt, unacceptable levels of unemployment and poverty,” the CASP president added.

In this environment, he stressed that a more collaborative crime fighting approach was necessary, but said private security agencies would need to demonstrate an ability to fit into the national law and order framework.
“The CASP is persuaded that national peacekeeping is not the responsibility of the police alone. Hence an environment needs to be created where private security owners and administrators and of course frontline operatives can demonstrate that they are capable of functioning in an environment of regulations and standards,” he contended.

5 Responses to Security official wants national peacekeeping force

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 19, 2016 at 5:33 am

    If the morons refuse to abide by the law just throw them in jail. Don’t waste the tax payers money with a trial especially for the gun slingers lock them up and throw away the key. Dodds always have room for one more outlaw.

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  2. Hal Austin November 19, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Bajans must vigorously reject this nonsense. Civilian police are they to monitor and control civilians, not jumped up soldiers. Next we will be having soldiers on our streets like most central and south American nations.
    This is all US training. It is the only way the US knows. We must stop sending our defence force on US training courses.
    Go back and read about Colonel North, or is this the price we pay for our lack of information?

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  3. jrsmith November 19, 2016 at 6:54 am

    One big mistake we are making in barbados , the continuous mentioning of (the region) does anything regional really exist , the best thing ever happen to the region we are not step on step off…. we cant even hold the cricket team together…

    If we the people of Barbados had a hand in running our island we would be 100% better off than we are.. we are continuously seeing our politicians is making it obvious their are only doing the things which is of benefit to themselves……,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    As for security of our island, this is what we bajans must consider simple technology which in use around the world, our politicians is not even attempting to introduce into Barbados..

    We in barbados when last have we had a stable selected police force ,warring was going on for years all senior officers is assisting, what ever fails in barbados is because of the bad non productive government , blame them for the increase in crime , drugs and guns which is entering barbados as like boxes of mangoes….why no guns is recovered at (Sir Grantley ) or the dock side , but a container of chicken wings arriving at the port what else just pops at the port………….
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Why, why ,has it become so hard for elected politicians to, be able to manage (BARBADOS LTD) our people must have a good look at our island’s (Constitution ) and the individual parties constitution ,we need to be able to remove politicians who is not working for the people by constituent voting of no confidence in him or her, we all are being batter by paying for fail politicians, this must stoppppppp……..

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  4. BoboTheClown November 19, 2016 at 9:50 am

    What we do need in Barbados is a quick reaction force of about forty or so well trained crime prevent unit that are available 24 seven positioned in a part of the Island that is accessible to any area of Barbados in 10 to 15 minutes the most. These indivisuals should be trained in Gorilla type WarFare with lethal arms and most of all a Helicopter that is gun equipped and fast.
    Any pleasure craft that approach our lands in territorial waters without reporting, should be subject to a search when seemed fit ;without warning. Fishing boats should also come under routine searches if suspected of being part of criminal activity. This to some may seem a bit militaristic ,but if that ‘s what it will take to make the people of Barbados safe ,then let’s do it.

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  5. Hal Austin November 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Bobo, I have said this before in my Notes From a Native Son, but they should be attached to the Coastguard, not to the police.
    The enemy is external, not the boys on the block. They are our boys. The only potential internal enemy are the New Barbadians. They should be watched like hawks.
    We should also give immigration and customs arresting powers, leaving the police to get on with other matters.

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