More police needed

The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) needs another 200 good men.

Assistant Commissioner of Police William Yearwood said Thursday the Force is understaffed and young people of quality are needed to help boost the numbers. The RBPF currently has about 1,300 officers in its ranks.

“It is over 200-plus officers the Force is short of. Because of persons who have retired, some . . . have resigned and been dismissed from the Force, we are in need of young persons to come forward and join, particularly males. We do have a good quota of females but we are in need of males,” he disclosed.

“It means we have [fewer] police officers on the ground, which is less visibility. We have been doing our . . . best with what we have presently, but certainly having those added numbers would make it easier for our members in terms of the workload.”

Yearwood spoke about the RBPF’s staffing issue on the sidelines of a celebration ceremony for eight teenagers who successfully completed the Prince’s Trust International Team Programme.

He told reporters that more needs to be done to encourage young people to enter the RBPF, including offering more attractive salaries and benefits.

“We have a lot of young men who are hyped to join the Force. Some of them have the education but they choose not to come to the Force. There are certain things that need to be done by authorities to make the Force more viable to encourage others to join the Force . . . . Salary is one, of course, that can be looked at, and also certain benefits and allowances that can be given,” the senior cop said.

Meantime, commenting on Monday night’s killing of 58-year-old Colleen Payne as she attempted to use an RBC automated teller machine at University Drive, Assistant Commissioner Yearwood suggested that the apparent surge in crime was a result of not only the flow of illegal guns into the country but also because some young people were choosing crime over work.

“It is unfortunate that the lady lost her life, but these young persons intend to get what they can by taking other people’s property. It is because they don’t want to work. I believe the surge in crime is because of the attitude of young people,” he contended.

Adding that there was also “a problem with firearms entering our country illegally”, Yearwood said: “We have heard the sentiments of our Acting Commissioner in relation to that, and that is one of the reasons we have so many crimes right now. But we intend to do our utmost.”

The senior police officer assured that lawmen were on top of the situation.

“The crime is not out of hand. I find it is comparative to what we have had in the past years. It is just that we get them happening quickly sometimes. I believe . . . we will be able to make a dent and pull back on what is going on.”

Thursday, Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith revealed that firearms were used in 15 of the 19 murders committed so far this year – representing nearly 80 per cent of all unlawful killings – compared to 16 of 22 for all of last year, or 72 per cent of murders.

He said lawmen were working closely with other law enforcement partners to try to curb the entry of illegal weapons.

Source: (AGB)

7 Responses to More police needed

  1. Tracy Brown
    Tracy Brown July 21, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Yes…. more bad man police….train dem to KILL!!!

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  2. Bajan Fahlife
    Bajan Fahlife July 21, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Offer more pay, do like some of the other islands and offer 5 year contracts that way Uwi and bcc males would consider. Also do like St. Vincent – those that have a degree start above constable. Otherwise police will have to be imported.

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    • Raheem Griffith
      Raheem Griffith July 22, 2017 at 1:28 am

      For the cost of importing police they might as well offer a higher salary or incentives

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  3. jrsmith July 22, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Bajans are too educated always ready to go to foreign lands in many ways to clean ***t and wouldn’t want to be a domestic in barbados……. Thats why foreigners own so much of barbados, barbados is there but not for bajans………………Look good and see who is living in the worst state, not foreigners ……………….

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  4. Sue Donym July 22, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Perhaps more trained officers could become available for police duties by hiring civilians for strictly clerical tasks. Policemen could be released from tasks that limit them to phone, reception, recording and filing functions, in much the same way as medically trained staff are not needed for every position in a medical practice. This would lessen the immediate need for months of specialty police training to increase the active duty numbers.

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  5. Mack July 22, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Pay and working conditons are the deterant to people being attracted to the force. Address these things and you will see recruits come pouring into the force, not only recruits, but quality ones.

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  6. Tony Waterman July 23, 2017 at 5:08 am

    @Sue Donym!!!! you seem to be the only one witha solid Idea, there are Hundreds of Police Officers doing Clerical Jobs and getting Fat, Jobs that could/Can be done much cheaper with properly Trained Civilian Workers.

    On the other Hand, if Bajans don’t want to sign up for whatever reason, we “Barbados” has supplied nearly every Caribbean Country, and others with all types of Trained/Qualified in all professions over the Years, so what is wron with us being supplied with these categories of workers now that we are in DIRE need????

    we can do what the Bahamas and Bermuda did way back in time, hire them on 5 year renewable Contracts, Single men ONLY and NO Citizenship unless they Marry a Bajan, this was the case when we supplied to other caribbean Countries, this can be researched.

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