Gun crimes have police attention, says Brathwaite

Barbadians are being assured that the worrying gun violence sweeping the island is getting the highest level of attention from the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF).

Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite admitted that the authorities were concerned about the spate of gun related incidents, but said he was confident the police force continued to effectively tackle the issue.

“We are very concerned,” Brathwaite told reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony at the St Matthias Magistrates Court, where the United States Embassy donated a new digital audio/video recording programme, designed to help improve efficiency there.

“What I can say to you is that you would notice that there is an increase in the number of firearms being seized for example . . . you are probably seeing more police presence on the road at nights in terms of when we are aware of certain events taking place. There are multiple things that we have to do,” he said.

Adriel Brathwaite

The rise in gun crimes has prompted the perennial recommendation of a gun amnesty as part of the strategy to combat the problem.

However, the Attorney General said the RBPF was not convinced that an amnesty would be effective.

“At this point in time the Acting Commissioner of Police tells me he does not believe in amnesty, and in fact . . . they have not worked in most jurisdictions. The guys that have the illegal firearms, do you really believe they are going to come in and say give me $500 and I am going to turn it in? The answer is no,” Brathwaite said.

While statistics were not immediately available on the number of gun-related crimes committed so far this year, police have been kept busy dealing with such incidents.

Brathwaite had said in 2014 that consideration was being given to introducing a gun amnesty in a bid to get illegal firearms off the streets and reduce gun crimes.

Then Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith had revealed at the time that males in the 15 to 29 age group were responsible for the majority of those crimes, and that up to September that year 30 illegal firearms had been seized and 20 people charged in connection with those seizures.

However, in 2015 Brathwaite had said a gun amnesty would not work because Government could not afford to waive prosecution in every case for people turning in firearms.

And again last year he reiterated that a gun amnesty would not solve the island’s illegal firearms problem.

Director of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the US Embassy Drew Blakeney Wednesday gave the assurance that the US federal law enforcement agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration, continued to work closely with the drug squad here to dismantle the illegal drug trade and recover more illegal firearms.

“There is a lot of good exchange of intelligence and information about drug traffickers who happen to be the ones wielding those weapons on a routine basis.

“We recognize together this is a problem and we are working together to confront it,” Blakeney said.”

11 Responses to Gun crimes have police attention, says Brathwaite

  1. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen April 13, 2017 at 12:34 am

    The gun crime have police attention or at attention,cause I don’t see no body getting arrested,so stop pay some attention get these bad boys in detention.

  2. Ras Small
    Ras Small April 13, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Got wunna attention now or evva since?!
    How de guns getting in hey?!
    Wunna need mo cameras @ de ports of entry!
    Wait a minute….
    Wunna can’t do dat cuz de immigration & customs officials don’t want dat!
    And ah overstand dat yah can’t use video footage in court, at least dat is wha da tell de agricultural farmers!!
    It catch wunna attention also, dat da is an increase in vehicular accidents & deaths, or wunna still focus on marijuana, camouflage and seatbelts.

    • Jennifer April 13, 2017 at 1:44 am

      The SMALL black man is always the pawn and fall guy. Blame the education system which got them so docile and ingrunt. Wanna got both eyes on this situation long time cause…………….. We need to check the private ports too.

  3. Mr. Crowley April 13, 2017 at 1:49 am

    This country has a bunch of useless Politicians on both sides….useless people in positions of authority that just can’t seem to get things done. A bunch of old tired men and women that lack creativity, will and resolve. Are we sending people to Mars?? It’s just so painful to watch this mediocrity at every level. Other countries launching satellites into space, building man-made islands, producing self- driving cars and we in B’dos can’t seem to get these perennial problems solve. After 25 years….we still have the ZR problem; after the countless gun amnesties…still have the gun problem; It’s painful to watch the leaders of this little island attempt to get results .

  4. Donild Trimp April 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Adriel, every Tom, Dick and Harry knows how the illegal guns enter Barbados.

    Typee should know also.

    My question is this, why are you all afraid to take action.

  5. orlando April 13, 2017 at 10:12 am

    you can go to any hangout village in barbados and search those guys and im sure you will come up with guns and all kinds of dope . but who cares . the police certainly dont. i said before that policing is not just a job to get a paycheck you took an oath to protect. but you the donlild trimp ask me why i dont get involve my self. so dont talk now bout who is afraid to take action.Why Risk YOUR life . ITS JUST A JOB

  6. jrsmith April 13, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    @, Mr .C, hail , hail, on target good shot …………….
    Mr, Brathwaite says , gun crime has police attention , this man is always saying nothing can be done to combat gun crime in barbados , this is a person who doesn’t knows what is his job description , this is why I am always saying our people need something ,to hold over bajan politician head which automatically allow them to be remove from office on (a vote of no confidence)

    Bajans all be honest ask you all selves , are we going to allow another group or may be the same lot , back in office with out having to safe guard ourselves from the pain and suffering….

  7. Ossie Moore April 13, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Remember years ago Lion Man and his squad had to search down de place fuh home made shotties made from de old Hurculies, and Raleigh bicycles. Dah was a time boy!!

  8. Alex Alleyne April 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    “Gun crimes has Police attention”, but certainly not yours Mr. AG.
    The RBPF need a pay raise while the political elite need a pay cut.

  9. Observer April 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I’m hoping that means mandatory sentences for these wannabe thugs

  10. Douglas April 18, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    I am coming to Barbados for a weeks vacation in May , and reading this article has me thinking about cancelling the whole thing . Beauty is nothing where there is no safety . It sounds as though Barbados’ police force are doing little to nothing about a very serious problem , and from the comments earlier this has been the same action for some time now .


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