Security lapse

Party Stand operator promises tighter security after drug and gun find

The operator of the Party Stand which was raided by police in the early hours of this morning has admitted there was a security lapse, but he is putting measures in place to avoid a repeat.

Chetwyn Stewart told Barbados TODAY female patrons may soon experience more diligent searches of their person if they expect to enter events.

This follows the discovery of weapons, illegal drugs and other contraband at the final event of the Summer Jam Sundays series at the Party Stand on Harbour Road, St Michael.

Members of the Royal Barbados Police Force’s Anti-Gun Unit, supported by officers from other police units, carried out a raid at the event attended by an estimated 900 patrons and discovered five handguns, a significant amount of illegal drugs, camouflage clothing, a ski mask and several pairs of scissors. Several people were detained in police custody, including a number of juveniles who attended the fete.

Illegal guns were among the weapons found.
Illegal guns were among the weapons found.

Stewart explained that while he had hired adequate security for the event, the failure was not concentrating sufficiently on the females entering the venue.

“So when the police came and told me that they had intelligence that there were some people with weapons, we allowed them to search the venue because we thought we were fully secured. We had put out extra security and we did search shoes and stuff like . . . We put a lot of emphasis on searching the men with metal detectors,” he said.

Stewart stated that on the night there was only one female security officer to search the bags of women.

However, he said, going forward there would be changes, including using the metal detectors on females as well since that may have been how the illegal items got in.

“You have to appreciate that women are not going to feel comfortable, even if it is a woman touching you up or passing their hands over you, so we are going to have to bring metal detectors,” Stewart added as he noted that this was the first time in 11 events of Summer Jam Sundays that there was such an incident.

Police investigations are continuing. 


12 Responses to Security lapse

  1. Irey A. Rasta
    Irey A. Rasta August 25, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    ya would swear down in there is some sorta of terrorist training cell …..puts on glasses to look for the turbans …and isis flags

  2. Bobby Brown
    Bobby Brown August 25, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    He want locking up.. You own a joint and responsible for security and this get in he need too be heldsaccountable man

  3. Karon Desrivieres
    Karon Desrivieres August 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Wth!!!!! Dis is a movie scene???? Chaaa!

  4. Santini More
    Santini More August 25, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Thug life continues to take hold here in Barbados. If we do not take action then all of us will cower at home in gated communities with armed security patrols.

  5. Derwood Ricardo
    Derwood Ricardo August 25, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Other operators of venues were charged for similar offences … why was CS not charged?

  6. Renaldo Techfourless Scott
    Renaldo Techfourless Scott August 25, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    i glad dem hold d tiny boppers dem need to be home before dem get somebody charge for rape where them parents was btw

  7. Elroy Doyle
    Elroy Doyle August 25, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    That wasn’t a lapse in security, that was NO security!

  8. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha August 25, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    street life…only those who have to survive on the street wud kno..but if u have to leave home with a gun..u need to stay put…those bullets dont return to owner…900 ppl ..smh…weed is practically legally elsewhete but the guns …nah tho

  9. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne August 25, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Gun party.

  10. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post August 26, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Johnny cash say”son don’t take ur gun ta town”

  11. jr smith August 26, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Bad move by police, this establishment, should be closed, until the police are given the guarante that security and safety, was up to standard.
    We would always have problems with the law in barbados, its because of who you know and who you drink with and what party you are affilated to. that is call corruption.
    The issue, there is no respect for the law in barbados, there should’nt be no one, two three stop.
    Policing in barbados has become very dangerous, stop playing with the criminal scum, there is no little crime and big crime , criminal acts are crime. I would have thought , unlicense gun on anyone premises means an arrest. not one but five guns.
    Not good enough Mr. Stuart, you should have been arrested.

  12. Alisea August 27, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Jr Smith is on to something… Any time the police raid a joint and find drugs and guns, close the joint down, take the licenses away hold the proprietor accountable this helps to save lives.


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