RBPF assures island is safe

In a rare, if not unprecedented move, the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) today addressed a meeting of high-level tourism authorities from across Latin America and the Caribbean to assure them that Barbados is safe.

Amid the recent upsurge in crime, Inspector Barry Hunte sought to put dignitaries and delegates gathered at the Hilton Barbados Resort for the 22nd Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High- Level Authorities of Tourism at ease.

 

In a speech that was not on the agenda of the two-day meeting, the senior officer offered some assurance but also advised the visiting officials to take some responsibility for their safety.

“I speak on behalf of the Royal Barbados Police Force and give you the assurance that, not only because tourism is a central economic driver for our economy and our country like the rest of your countries, we give paramount importance to providing a safe and secure environment for all who visit our shores from time to time,” he said.

“That said, we would want to impress upon you that, at all material times, it is important that you remain situationally aware of whatever environment you are in, either here at the hotel conducting your business or while going about public spaces. Be assured that we, members of the Royal Barbados Police Force working in harmony with . . . stakeholders at the national level as well as private security providers, will leave no stone unturned to provide the environment that you can go about enjoying as you move about Barbados,” Hunte added.

He also told the delegates that while out on their own, or in groups, they could look out for members of the RBPF if they felt any discomfort or had any or concerns, as he brought a uniformed police officer to demonstrate how lawmen could be identified.

“I give you the assurance that while you are here in Barbados, yours will be a safe, enjoyable and secure stay,” the Inspector told the regional officials.

Head of security at Hilton, Ancille Beckles also took to the platform and echoed Hunte’s reassurance to the delegates.

He also cautioned them to be aware of their surroundings wherever they went and to secure their valuables and other personal effects.

 

18 Responses to RBPF assures island is safe

  1. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua September 4, 2014 at 6:43 am

    why not tell the local citizen that…

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  2. Bajan Starr
    Bajan Starr September 4, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Get rid of husslers in the gap n a bit more effort from police in chasing crims. I will be spending my $ elsewhere

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  3. Ariane Murphy
    Ariane Murphy September 4, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Agree! Never felt unsafe anywhere in Barbados

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  4. Ariane Murphy
    Ariane Murphy September 4, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Agree! Never felt unsafe anywhere in Barbados

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  5. Ariane Murphy
    Ariane Murphy September 4, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Agree! Never felt unsafe anywhere in Barbados

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  6. Ariane Murphy
    Ariane Murphy September 4, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I will continue to come to the island, love it so much! See u next Easter

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  7. Ariane Murphy
    Ariane Murphy September 4, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I will continue to come to the island, love it so much! See u next Easter

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  8. Ariane Murphy
    Ariane Murphy September 4, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I will continue to come to the island, love it so much! See u next Easter

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  9. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne September 4, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Not so when there is so much senseless crimes about the place.

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  10. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 4, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Seriously these pathetic low rate publications in Barbados always taking down people’s post you idiots aint no international publication so stop the stupid censorship.

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  11. Eton Thompson
    Eton Thompson September 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Common sense advise anywhere in the world.

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  12. bernard and india walker September 4, 2014 at 11:14 am

    your private ( for hire ) forces . some way to ID them might work ??. Now with 3 hotels being new. This will bring in late year cash $$

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  13. Dre Forde
    Dre Forde September 4, 2014 at 11:26 am

    All over tha world have crime stop putting down lil bim ppl have to die r be kill life is a cycle ppl look at tha USA tha cops kill tha blacks at home n tha Mid East killing whites but do u see Obama fighting for tha blacks No just tha whites my ppl plz wake up

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  14. Dre Forde
    Dre Forde September 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Love bim one of tha best in tha world

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  15. Elridge Dixon
    Elridge Dixon September 4, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Interesting comments above. Visitors say it is beautiful. Locals criticise. One may conclude that the only ones who do not like Barbados are Bajans.

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  16. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley September 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    safe with all the gun crime……………………I don’t think so !!

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