‘There are gangs in Barbados, but don’t panic’

Former Chief Justice Sir David Simmons is cautioning the authorities to keep an eye on gangs operating here.

“Don’t let us fool ourselves that they do not exist, but do not let us panic because they are not at the same level of sophistication as in other parts of the Caribbean. That is why I am saying that the Royal Barbados Police Force has a responsibility to keep these gangs under surveillance and monitor them and when necessary act,” the retired jurist said on the radio talk show Down To Brass Tacks on Starcom Network, where he appeared Monday as a guest.

In fact, Sir David recalled that as far back as the late 1980s he went on record in the House of Assembly indicating that there were gangs in Barbados, but he was not taken seriously.

He contended that gangs here were part of the criminal sub-culture which must be kept under constant surveillance and dealt with firmly.

He also stressed that even though the gangs here lacked the sophistication of those in Trinidad and Tobago, some of them were connected to other criminal networks within the region.

To support his argument of a wider Caribbean connections, Sir David cited a case where a notorious drug lord from St Michael was murdered a few years ago and his body left in a cart. He said reports had indicated that he was dealt with by criminals from either Jamaica or Colombia.

Meantime, the former Attorney General said crime in the Caribbean region was at an all-time high, with countries which did not have any to speak about now reporting high levels of crime which was creating fear among communities.

Arguing that countries could not deal with crime in a knee-jerk way, Sir David suggested that policymakers needed to continue research into the causes of crime.

The former Barbados Labour Party legislator indicated that young men between the ages of 15 and 25 remained a source of concern for policymakers, recalling that a senior police officer in Jamaica had reported that a lot of people involved in crime in that country were uneducated, unemployed and unemployable.

Addressing the issue of guns, Sir David said that a number of illegal firearms were imported into the Caribbean in appliances from the United States.

7 Responses to ‘There are gangs in Barbados, but don’t panic’

  1. Tony Webster August 16, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Now…at last…mout open…an’ truth jump out; I listened intently, heard confirmed those things whipsered about…some which had swept carefully under that R.B.C. (Really Big Carpet)…and others of which I was totally ignorant. Thanks to Sir David; and a big shout-out to Mr. David Ellis & team.

    More to come.. Correction: LOTS more to come…so Stay Tuned (sorry).

  2. Hal Austin August 16, 2016 at 7:10 am

    How does the former attorney general define a ‘gang’? What is the origin of these gangs? Were there gangs when he was attorney general and chief justice?

  3. BoboTheClown August 16, 2016 at 8:23 am

    It does seem a bit odd to hear a former Attorney General saying that extreme measures should be taken against gangs and gang members by the Royal Barbados Police . Why didn’t he do more when he had the opportunity to ,as A G ?He states that the gangs in Barbados are not as sophisticated as those in Trinidad or Jamaica. What does that mean? Is he saying that the Barbadian gang members are not murdering each other as often as gang members in the above mentioned Islands? What is so sophisticated about thugs and gang members ? Unaccounted murders, kidnappings, shooting family members of other gangs, targeting the local Police Force?
    Sir David , please go to Brass tax again to explain your view of sophistication when describing gangs, because ruthlessness in my part of the world would seem like a more apt description.

  4. Alex Alleyne August 16, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I remember clearly when a talk show host said that there were no gangs in BIM ,just a bunch of lawless people, Now I am hearing from the former AG that there are gangs in BIM but don’t panic. One of the top cops said that the gangs are fighting for turf in BIM. My idea of such action is carried out where there is illegal activity. Fighting for turf was being used from back in the Capone day’s and now in the war torn drug areas in the USA. With so much drugs and guns in BIM I am worried and shaking in my boots when I do check the evening news . The drug/gun cases are as frequent as the spots and weather.
    “But don’t worry Mr. Politician we the masses are just cool and will swallow everything you tell us”……we back broad. Bajans are gluttons for punishment.

  5. Ormond Mayers August 16, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I don’t subscribe to the view that they are gangs in Barbados. I am of the view, however, they are young men from various district, lacking in skills, poor family background, poorly educated, confused and frustrated who form an alliance among themselves, and engage in violent activity. These so called groups ascribe names such as Beirut , The Red Sea ete,
    notorious names. The mere presence of the police, instill fear
    in the hearts of these so-called gangs.

  6. jrsmith August 16, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    The question of gangs in Barbados , should be directly pointed at the present (Attorney General) he should speak to our nation as to the truth, or the past (AT) is spouting rubbish but that may not be possible because the present Government politicians answers to no one.

  7. Smiley August 16, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    So the police need to keep the gangs on their radar Hope that they keep to themselves I don’t want any friends


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