Head of regional security agency recommends body cameras for lawmen

The head of the umbrella agency for private security professionals is recommending the immediate use of body cameras for Barbadian police, as well as immigration and customs officers.

Chairman of the Barbados-based Caribbean Association of Security Professionals (CASP) Oral Reid told a news conference this morning that would help boost accountability in these policing departments.

Chairman of the Barbados-based Caribbean Association of Security Professionals (CASP) Oral Reid
Chairman of the Barbados-based Caribbean Association of Security Professionals (CASP) Oral Reid

“I can certainly see it being applied in customs and certainly within immigration and within the police department,” Reid, a retired assistant superintendent of police told reporters at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination on the first anniversary of CASP.

However, he said he did not support private security personnel being fitted with such devices just yet.

“We believe that before we begin to advocate its use broadly, that those persons who are clearly not as well trained as others should be provided with the mechanisms through which they can develop competence. Once that competence is developed, then we can proceed to institute measures such as that with a view of ensuring that a standard of excellence is supported throughout,” Reid explained.

“For the other law enforcement agencies, I think it is important and should be applied at this time, but for the private security practitioners, let’s see how we can train them first and bring them up the line.”

Responding to a question about the increasing number of police officers finding themselves on the wrong side of the law, Reid contended that no matter what profession one was in, issues of misconduct would always come to light.

He said what was more important was how such reports were dealt with by the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF).

The retired senior police officer pointed to research which he said demonstrated that the local constabulary attracted greater public respect from the public than others in the rest of the region.

“We had a piece of research that was done in 2012 by the Mona Campus in Jamaica, which showed that the level of respect the public had for the Royal Barbados Police Force was by far higher than what was demonstrated by persons in other countries of the Caribbean,” he said, adding that he did not believe the police had fallen far from that.

The top security executive noted that while the RBPF was experiencing some challenges, he was confident they would be addressed quickly.

The CASP chairman encouraged Barbadians to continue to cooperate with the police to fight crime but urged them not to engage in vigilante justice.

“We need to guard against that because if you have an establishment that is paid out of the public purse to be engaged in the protection of individuals, we need to give them the opportunity to deal with those issues,” he said.

Also see: Private security wants similar treatment to police

8 Responses to EYE ON POLICE

  1. darrelanderson
    darrelanderson April 15, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Paul Blart, Bajan Cop….

  2. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox April 15, 2015 at 4:27 am

    What about cutting on down de time it takes to investigate police shooting

  3. Devonte Mccollin
    Devonte Mccollin April 15, 2015 at 4:33 am

    Well this is a start.

  4. Laurian Lockley-James
    Laurian Lockley-James April 15, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Sounds good but it will never happen! The funding of cameras being issued to officers will just be to much unless a higher source provides them.

  5. dwayne jordan April 15, 2015 at 6:03 am

    If putting cameras in gov places was such a big problem,,ya think police in bim would ever where any now or even 100 yrs from now?

  6. jay boyle April 15, 2015 at 8:25 am

    The Barbados police need to do more in getting raid of the drugs and illegal guns in Barbados and it is making it bad for the sport of shooting.

  7. Olutoye Walrond April 15, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Mr. Reid, I think you know that Barbados is not an open society. We are very much a closed society, where things are swept under the carpet.

    Wrong doings in high places almost never reach the light of day. Those who run the society want it that way and so far they have resisted every trend that would change it.

    How long have they been talking about videotaping evidence taking? Real long – and it en do yet.
    So why would you think they would agree to something as transparent as the use of body cams for Policemen?

  8. Bobo April 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Blacks folks, it took five hours to circle the moon thousand of miles from planet earth—-how long will it take the politicians from Africa to the Caribbean to understand the movements of planet earth is ”never static” every little elements is moving moving forward — Police in Barbados and the Caribbean on the whole needs to be upgraded to the modern world, high tec innovations is the way forward , in the long run Police cost and crimes will be reduce and hopefully ”the truth will prevail”.


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