Crime tactic

AG sees data sharing as a way to fight gun violence

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has identified one way out of Barbados’ rising incidence of gang violence and the proliferation of illegal guns.

Speaking this morning at the opening of a workshop on fighting youth crime, Brathwaite said more in-depth regional collaboration on crime data collection and research methodology would go a long way in stopping young people from engaging in mischief.

The workshop is part of a project known as CariSECURE – Strengthening Evidence Based Decision Making for Citizen Security in the Caribbean, a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Programme. Its goal is to improve youth crime and violence policymaking and programming in the Southern and Eastern Caribbean through the use of quality, comparable and reliable security information.

“As a region, we must work together to solve crime among the youth population. If a programme is working in one country, the opportunity must exist within the CariSECURE data management system not only to warehouse the information, but to share the methodology with other countries experiencing similar problems. I am aware that changes will have to be made to make these programmes more culturally relevant, but the basic concept will be the same,” the Attorney General said.

“I anticipate that with the implementation of the CariSECURE project, there will be stronger and more robust data management systems that will assist the police, judiciary and penal institutions to digitally collect information on victims and perpetrators of crime. I also envision that this will be a useful tool to map crime across the country in real time.”

In recent months Barbados has been experiencing a wave of violent crime, many of which are gun-related.

So far this year there have been 22 murders, matching the total for all of last year.

Many of these crimes are committed by the youth, some as young as 16, according to police arrest records.

Brathwaite told the regional workshop at the Radisson Aquatic Resort that with the correct data, this country’s law enforcement and crime preventing organizations would be better able to assess the policies that have worked in other jurisdictions.

“Data emerging from a gang study conducted by the Regional Security System suggested that all of the countries [in the region], all have a gang problem. The study highlighted some areas for urgent action, namely instability of the family system, poor academic achievement, unemployment and drugs. We need an analysis of what has been working in various territories.

“We have heard of initiatives in Guyana and Suriname. I do not believe in reinventing the wheel. We need to ascertain what works and find somewhere within the framework to capture this information so that it could be more easily transmitted across the region,” Braithwaite said.

In a press conference following last Monday’s shooting at Spring Garden Highway in which 20-year-old Tareid Junior Rock was killed and 18 people were injured, Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith revealed there were 16 gangs operating in Black Rock, St Michael alone.

When Barbados TODAY visited the area last week, a pall of terror was hanging over Black Rock and its environs, with residents expressing fear for their lives and the safety of their children, while some were simply too scared to talk.

At Deacons Farm, Walter Carrington said he was concerned for his 19-year-old son, who “doesn’t get into anything, but you know you don’t have to be in anything to be affected”.

Carrington, who has lived in the Black Rock area for all of his 46 years, said at the time most of the shootings were motivated by revenge.

“The men know who they shooting. I see many gangs come and go,” Carrington said then.

This morning, Brathwaite reaffirmed his commitment to ending the upsurge in violent crime and gang activity.

“Efforts are ongoing by the Commissioner of Police and other law enforcement agencies to address the influx of guns into Barbados and get the existing ones off the streets. This is in keeping with our determination to maintain Barbados as a safe place to live and visit. I can assure you that as Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs I will spare no efforts to ensure the safety of all citizens and visitors,” assured Brathwaite.

Meantime, the Attorney General is advocating a softer touch for young offenders, arguing that long jail terms would not necessarily solve the worrying crime situation among young people.

Amid growing public calls for tougher penalties to combat the upsurge in gun violence, Brathwaite expressed the view that Barbadians needed to move away from the mindset that “those who commit crime, especially young people, must always be incarcerated”.

He told this morning’s opening of the workshop that Barbadians should not be so quick to write off young offenders, contending that placing them into the prison system without attempting to correct their root problems would only lead to a vicious cycle of crime.

“There is a time and a place for serious punishment, but there is also a time when intervention, particularly among our youth, where the softer touch is required. To me, and I am sure to many of you, it makes no sense incarcerating a 19-year-old for five years. He goes into the prison system with challenges such as low morale, poor education or family difficulties and he comes back out of prison with the same challenges and goes back into his community with the same challenges and then we question why he ends up back in the system,” Brathwaite said.

The minister said he was aware that the idea of rehabilitation rather than incarceration would be a hard sell given the current state of anxiety over the crime situation.

“We need to find some mechanism to distil to members of our public what exactly works so that they could understand the reason behind certain initiatives we are taking. In Barbados we have a feeling that once someone commits a crime they should be incarcerated. I am a proponent of second chances, but we need to be able to demonstrate to our public that these initiatives that we are taking to move our young people away from crime does not mean that we are being soft on crime,” Brathwaite said.

25 Responses to Crime tactic

  1. Jennifer August 16, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Now this is why I keep saying that you people were stitched up as far as education is concerned>>>>>>> You people really need to start to merge this education with commonsense. And while you are at it get some real education. Would you need data from a gang study to highlight the markers which is associated with gangs?????
    It is good that you realize that there will need to be a cultural adjustment, so which culture are you going to use ???? – be careful with that one now.
    Wanna doing all kinds of rubbish other than what you all is suppose to do. Now you see why this people is full of so much hopelessness and self hate. Good luck to you people. The hole has been dug to deep for ya all. Now you in the hole of education with no commonsense.

    • Jennifer August 16, 2017 at 4:43 am

      The negro tree was destroyed from its roots, so it must be built up from the roots. It has become like a strange degenerate plant.

    • hcalndre August 16, 2017 at 5:30 am

      Jennifer, it is said by other islanders that the bajan went to school but he don`t have any commonsense. Check the progress of the Jamaican and bajan in N. America and Britain.

      • Jennifer August 16, 2017 at 6:07 am

        hcaindre – ok then. The same tools/systems that was used to destroy this people need to be used to rebuild them. But as I have said before, it is more beneficial to keep this people in their present state of disrepair.

  2. fedup August 16, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Steupse. Wuh date next year fuh dee voting? I ready.

  3. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 16, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Ok more studies and consultations had we not have enough of those AG,there are some simple easy fixes for crime problems that work but bulls–t politicians and big wigs running Barbados dont seem to comprehend them .Each Caribbean island crime problem is different and needs to be dealt with accordingly,so AG find a solution that works for Barbados yeah he can look to other islands for things that work but ultimately solution is local.

    • Epaphras D. Williams
      Epaphras D. Williams August 16, 2017 at 7:29 am

      Rawle, he did mention the need to make it culturally relevant. One size may not fit all. It’s a move.. positive or negative will be judged by impact. Crime is tidal, it comes in waves. Noticeably, when the tide of crime is low these smarties cool off so when the tide changes “suddenly” to high, they are caught off guard. I think almost everyone has agreed that there are people who know offenders but are hesitant to report. He should be talking about a witness protection program. Peace

  4. Alex Alleyne August 16, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Some people are saying “legalize the weed” and most gun crime will stop. Gun killings in JA, T&T, and Guyana now in Barbados youngster dropping like dead flies all over.
    It is clearly known that the AG don’t have a clue of what to do on anything. May be he need a broom to go do some work in a park.
    Voting date ain’t gonna change the crime situation any time soon, so be in it for the “long-haul”. Too many guns on the streets, next step ????????

  5. Johnathan August 16, 2017 at 8:13 am

    What does regional data have to do with home grown criminals..this idiot should shut up..

  6. Romeo Crowell August 16, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Good morning

    You really think the AG is serious about addressing crime. Think !! something is wrong. The AG is just fronting.
    This same AG called a press conference a day after a hurricane to address persons that opened one door shop to sell a few cans of tuna or bread.
    In that same press conference he said he would be going to parliament to put forward legislation to address the issue.

    Innocent people getting kill and he talking about rehab. I haven’t heard one firm act from that would speak to addressing this crime situation head on form him.But think it is necessary fine persons that open shop to sell someone who could not get to purchase a meal before a CERO down.
    Does that make sense to you?
    His hands are tied for one reason or another. think

    • Jennifer August 16, 2017 at 11:53 am

      It is more beneficial to keep this people in crime than out. Imagine the lost of capital to the recipients. While this one is stuck on stupid.

  7. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose August 16, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Dude data sharing,’REALLY,SIR’ thats the best you can do smh it does nothing to fight crime. A no nonsense resolve and a dogged crackdown is the answer for the Bajan criminal element. Dont leave the island your soory ass need to implement stiffer sentencing, 35 yrs mandatory and hand these foolsfor murder. No bail if accused of shootings, gang injuctions which would allow you to arrest known gang members claimers and eanna be gang members if caught hanging out together they cant be with in 100 yards of each other.
    Form a gang unit to roust them . Implement a hang state of emegency thus suspending due orocess and habious corpus for gang members.
    If your feckless ass dont get serious these gunmen gonna keep getting bolder.

  8. Ossie Moore August 16, 2017 at 9:05 am

    So we find folks are asking the AG for a customised solution to the high incidence of gun related crimes on the Sovereign soil of Barbados. Well I will say the great deterrent will be to reintroduce the use of the English built Cat-O-Nine and a jail term for illigal possession of a firearm located on a person committing bodily harm or death to citizens. Give the people what they want!!

    • hcalndre August 16, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Now a young man shot up Spring Garden and few days later another shot up the market place, one person dead and several injured. When the sentences are handed down, these people would not need a second chance because they should be close to 60 years of age when they`re freed.

  9. samantha walker August 16, 2017 at 10:14 am

    While they going through their data sharing and given shooters second chances….the public of barbados are ducking REAL bullets…..

    Have we found out how guns are entering, it is not rocket science, keep them out and there will be less to use and root out the others.

    Every situation is left to fester and escalate beyond control and WE are “supposed” to have leaders doing less than anyone else, yet they got the power to change things. Look at the situation for what it is, slow and stop on these situation too, dont rush there’s 280-290,000 targets left !!!

  10. Milli Watt August 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    King Clown at it again……….remember the BLP had one by the name of Griffith responsible for Agriculture. Everything that drop out he mout was the same as this clown and true to form got nothing done. STUPSE

  11. Belfast August 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Seems to me that the prime objective of Freundal Stuart and his cabinet, supported by their party Rent-a- Mout yard fowls, is to destroy Barbados.
    Mission 95 % accomplished.

  12. Alex Alleyne August 16, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    THIS AG IS “BANKRUPT” ON IDEAS. Waste of time thinking anything positive will come from him in his position.

  13. Lorenzo August 16, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    This AG cannot be serious ,give second chances to young thugs who shooting at each other in crowds with no regard for even children,s lives?Second chance to do what kill more innocent people?What about that lady at the ATM collecting her money did they give her a second chance?This AG seems to be a social worker because he is always talking about criminal rights,What about the rights of law abiding citizens?It is time to bring back hanging in this place to rid us of some of these thugs whether it is a deterrent or not because a lot of these youth do not want to lose their lives,so it would deter a few.This Ag is way too soft on crime and criminals ,it is time for action not talk.

  14. straight talk August 16, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Thee AG talking bear bullcu@#t, he only looking fuh votes

  15. Aarron August 16, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Mr. Minister this epidemic of violence happened on your watch. Ten years of Law Enforcement directives and Policies from the AG office has resulted in an unprecedented crime ridden Barbadian society. Look at the ages of the offenders. Most of them were at Primary school when you became AG. They grew up under your national strategic approach to crime and its subcultures and the disastrous attempt at revamping the judicial and custodial system. Over 10000 back-logged criminal cases, symptomatic of a constitutional crisis with signs of deprivation of justice for the accused, the victims, and society. Law enforcement in Barbados has regressed or has totally become stagnant, not meeting high investigative standards, not committed to modern human rights practices for persons in Police custody or for the community and not being motivated to use their arsenal of forensic capabilities. Their special tactics and intelligence capabilities are embarrassing and outdated. This is compounded by the growing rift between Police and the community. Members of the RBPF are demoralized, not having access to regular training and retraining and working under unacceptable conditions of service, thanks to an archaic Police Act and a collective bargaining process that does not respect or take seriously their representative Association. A Customs Department drowning by inadequate internal anti-corruption policies and procedures, a law unto themselves. Even the Commissioner of Police had to publicly demand that something is done at HM Customs. This happened on your watch Mr. AG. By the way, there must be a correlation between the last decade of ‘a softer approach’ for offenders who commit violence against the citizens of Barbados and the thousands of armed robberies, daily shootings, and weekly murders. IS THIS IS YOUR LEGACY?

  16. Sherlock Holmes. August 16, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Corporate lawyer = poor attorney general. Sad to say you do not have a clue,the statement you made about giving thugs who endanger life and safety a second chance is as absurd as you holding this office that statement was reckless and will only serve to emboldened the criminal element. I am of the opinion that you be replaced and give someone like Michael Lashley the job. You are out to sea with this position and to me this is a great let down.

    • Jennifer August 16, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      So you do believe in Reformation????

  17. Jennifer August 16, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    I thought Dem was holding the bull by the horn. But this appears statement to be selective as this is one bull dem got by the tail. And strong wind know where old house live.

  18. Ossie Moore August 17, 2017 at 12:08 am

    This guy gives me diarrhea ( the runs ) every time he opens his mouth . He and Monica Lewinsky would have been better off if they had kept their mouths closed.


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