Leadership lacking in crime fight – Durant

Former Commissioner of Police Orville Durant is blaming an absence of leadership for the rise in gun violence.

And while he did not point an accusing finger at anyone in particular, Durant seemed to shield the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) from blame, while he said Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite needed to take charge of the situation.

“The whole crime situation needs leadership and until there is clear leadership there . . . and this goes past the Police Commissioner .  . . because the commissioner can only do so much within his resources and so on,” Durant told Barbados TODAY.

“I am satisfied that a lot of the problems lie in one, the fact that we are not generally managing the crime situation as it should be managed . . . managing the society in a way that you reduce the risk of crime . . . and the second one is that the police force needs resources to continue the kind of programmes that were ran earlier. We need to have more information on what is happening. They say there are shortages and all of that.

“They need to examine very carefully all areas of the society, so they can effectively look at the kind of programmes and the kind of things that need to be done to prevent crime. There is a primary concern, then there is a secondary concern. Those two areas are not given the kind of attention that they should be given . . .  and that’s where the Attorney General needs to lead the society,” he added.

The retired police chief, who led the RBPF from 1982 to 1995, said while information from the public is critical in helping officers solve crimes, the authorities needed to ensure Barbadians felt comfortable to share information with lawmen.

He also suggested that the RBPF needed additional resources, while he lamented: “The Force doesn’t even have a commissioner.”

In calling for “a comprehensive response, not just the police”, the former commissioner said the prison and the law courts also had a role to play in crime prevention, therefore, “their response to crime has to be seriously considered.

“The whole thing has to be looked at properly and that’s not being done,” he said.

39 Responses to Leadership lacking in crime fight – Durant

  1. jrsmith August 10, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Blame the politicians….. You cant blame the white folk , because the shootings and murders is black on black every time…….

  2. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose August 10, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Dude have gsng sweeps, weapons searches you all know who the gunmen are, you sir should be ashamed to utter those words as commissioner you have the power of the police to take what ever measures to eradicate to in clude shooting all gunmen on sight, pit the moniker out AS ARMED AND DANGEROUS giving the police the option to shoot them. No mercy or quarter 8 be given to these traitorous vermin.

    • Christopher Donawa
      Christopher Donawa August 10, 2017 at 5:37 am

      “Former Commissioner of Police”, Orville Durant retired from the force maybe 10 or more years ago. He is making observations. He has no power to enact any of your suggestions and therefore has no reason to be ashamed in this regard.

      • tedd August 10, 2017 at 12:02 pm

        20 years ago

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray August 10, 2017 at 5:47 am

      Like we memory real short for true. You all for when he was COP me hands tie my hand tie up back then

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase August 10, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Eddy Murray, that’s Bajans for you. He was part of the problem then, he needs to take a seat and enjoy the spoils of his former job.

    • Olutoye Walrond
      Olutoye Walrond August 10, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Eddy Murray It’s so easy to spout slogans without reference to the truth. The man never said his hands were tied.

    • Olutoye Walrond
      Olutoye Walrond August 10, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Kaiser, what country are you from? In Barbados we don’t shoot people on sight. And why would you think a FORMER commissioner has power to dictate to the current office holder what he should do?

    • hcalndre August 11, 2017 at 8:02 am

      @Kaiser Sose; you`re very much out of touch so go right back to sleep. RPB in his calypso many years ago, “Me hand Tied” where he said that the Commissioner of Police who was Durant said that he could catch the big fish but his hands are tied and today it seems to have gotten worse. The Custom officer said that their hands are tied too because they can`t search the so-call big ones because of their connections, it is only since social media where people can used that barbados` panties get expose even today the media are scared of being drag to court. what the custom people can do is turn the poor person belongings inside out, and charge for food items that they bring to help out their families and friends. This one and that one and their families have diplomatic status.

  3. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce August 10, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Me hands tied tight!!!!

  4. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis August 10, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Don’t waste time pointing fingers at the AG cause the poor AG don’t have a CLUE

    • Sonia Brathwaite
      Sonia Brathwaite August 10, 2017 at 6:07 am


    • Kaiser Sose
      Kaiser Sose August 10, 2017 at 8:44 am

      Apathy is the death nail of social order.

    • hcalndre August 11, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Alwin Ellis; who of the “16” DLP ministers that you would say that should have a chance of being re-elected on their job performance including the #1 honcho.

  5. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 10, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Yip he makes some good points but seriously people in high places running Barbados straight up backwards 1917 style.There have been warning signs for quite sometime about violence on island but higherup police command and politicians kept repeating same pathetic response and sound bites now it hit home on Kadooment day everyone acting surprise.I’m suspecting it gine get worse before it gets better but hoping for sake of law abiding folks and Barbados at large it does not.

  6. Bentley Williams
    Bentley Williams August 10, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Sorry bruh they can’t do anything. Their hands are tied.

  7. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 10, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Isn’t amazing how everyone now surface to point fingers?it’s not rocket science,you have what resembles a militia called the Defense Force .give them a mandate…Declare a state of Emergency ,kick in some doors ,bust some heads, ,Kill the head of the snake ..bipartisanship needed not trying to score political points …gamecock bring game hen Your population should not be living in fair of pooch picking wannabe Al Capones

  8. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade August 10, 2017 at 7:02 am


  9. Jus me August 10, 2017 at 7:17 am

    I keep reading”the people who run Barbados”
    Now i can name many,who theivefrom us,leach on us,
    Lie to us, ignore us, collect huge salaries,eat good and virtually free by our tax payment.
    Go on First Class travel and jaunts,
    But much as I Bus muh brain,
    I cannot name ONE person who I can say run Barbados

  10. Alex Alleyne August 10, 2017 at 7:57 am

    The present AG don’t have a clue of what has to be done in order to rid BIM of this sort of crime.
    Some body along with some people making “big money” form the drug/gun trade in BIM.
    Want a swift end to this madness in BIM ? , go have a talk with
    Matters fix in 2 months…….guaranteed.

  11. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase August 10, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Ahahahahahah!!!….. Thanks for the laugh.

  12. Thunder August 10, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Mr Durrant tell the police to be fair in their execution of justice,how many mother’s sons died in police custody?
    How many people commited one crime and by the time they leave the station had 8 more charges?
    How many people are in jail because they could not afford legal representation, had they had lawyers some cases would have been thrown out?
    How many people were beaten in police custody?yet your motto is to serve,reassure and protect,there is too much injustice in this country,and vigilante justice will arise,this generation will not stand for the injustice that our fore parents, stood for,I’m not upholding wrong but the injustice must cease,and the police force has become part of the problem.

  13. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar August 10, 2017 at 8:24 am

    really lol

  14. Wayne Webster August 10, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Mr Durant….you show some leadership and tell us exactly where the leadership is lacking. Most of us still respect the RBPF and until people in your position call a spade a spade, your words only reflect what we already know. Whose hands are tied and by who?
    Many of us simple folks believe we are being led by a bunch of cowards and we don’t need more vague comments. Be specific please.

  15. Chris Kinkaid
    Chris Kinkaid August 10, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Just for your listening pleasure Former Police Commissioner Orville Durant. Take several seats and have a great day Sir.


  16. Camb August 10, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Ppl..at this rate…is there any plans to build another prison..cause nobody in coming in dem hotels.

  17. Carlisle Norville August 10, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Mr: Durant like all other people in the position he was in, got his cake & ate it to, a very very clever man( he got all the spoils he wanted), ( he has made some good suggestions ( I stand amazed @ this character we call the Attorney general, i understand he is a Q.C. he is oblivious to the requirements of his office, & the needs that relate to the defence of the country, & the protection of the people of Barbados( can the D.L.P faithful tell me that the D.L.P Bunch of JOKERS who have done NOTHING, but support their Yard Fowl supporters, deserve another term . ( vote out these jokers, who are controlled behind the scene by the white bagan Dictatorship

  18. Big pappa August 10, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Call me old school but Charitie starts at home. When a child can
    Curse his or her parents and still live in they home it tell me that the home id weak. How can a government take away a parents right to discipline they children… Now kids can drag they parents to court for trying to stear them in the right direction. Get ride of the anti-patents laws. Put mom and dad back incharge of discipline.

    • Biscuits August 10, 2017 at 11:48 am

      I too am ‘old school’ but some parents do not wish to put in the effort required to parent their children. It is far easier for them to ‘drop two lashes’ in their kids while reminding them why they are not wanted nor will amount to anything….than it is to converse with them and provide the necessary guidance and love! Have witnessed this so many times in various public places. Indeed “Charity begins at home”.

  19. Helicopter(8P) August 10, 2017 at 10:36 am

    I’m sure most of you have watched a televised show called American greed? Well here is the sequel to that highly watched show; ” Bajan greed”! its the cause of all social problems on the island.

  20. Belfast August 10, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Right on! Mr. EX C.O.P. For the past 8 years our so called leaders were concentrating more so on the next General Election, rather than the Next Generation, and as a consequence, we have lots of young people now graduating from the block with distinction, not with CXC’s, but with AK47’s, as the main stream education system has failed them.

  21. Belfast August 10, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Right on! Mr. EX C.O.P. For the past 8 years our so called leaders were too busy concentrating more so on the next General Election, rather than the Next Generation, and as a consequence, we have lots of young people now graduating from the block with distinction, not with CXC’s, but with AK47’s, as the main stream education system has failed them.

  22. Big pappa August 10, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Belfast you are absolutely right in the failure of the barbados school system. You ever wonder why its call “Secondary schools” the name alone is a clue of its failure. When a system can kick 9,000 kids out every 12 month just for turning16 years if age. Yes barbados that’s the crime these kids committed, Turning 16 years of age. Folks in my world these are kids. I live in Florida and have a 18 year old in school getting ready to graduate in 2018 at 19 years old with a high school diploma. When you put bajan kids on tbe street without an education this is what happens. Idle time breed crime.

  23. Alex Alleyne August 10, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Not a fella ain’t serious as long as they get their share. We will get some action if a fella get “short-change”.

  24. Tony Waterman August 10, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    “Former Commissioner of Police Orville Durant is blaming an absence of leadership for the rise in gun violence.”

    Well Sir!!! Hindsight is definitely 20/20 because this Violence was in it’s Early Stages during Your Tenure, and the best we got from you was a few Walk abouts in The Orleans and Chapman Street.

    @Big pappa!!!! Yes the are Graduating 3 Years later, but you did not tell us how many of them can actually read what’s written on their Diploma, the Reason why that Mother in New York, about5+ years ago Sued the School Board after she found out her Son Could NOT Read his Diploma.
    BTW!!! In my opinion the catalyst for this bad Behaviour in our Youth Today was The UN’s Declaration of Childrens Rights.Parental Control became Null and Void under that Declaration, just about everything we knew became ABUSE. and in some cases Indictable.

    How does my Favourite Country get away with it. (Singapore) in the Last International Survey it was voted the Best Country to be Born in Today, WHY?????

    • Big pappa August 10, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Tell us why tony waterman.


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