Bradshaw calls for more interactive form of policing

Member of Parliament for St Michael South East Santia Bradshaw is calling for a kinder and gentler form of policing and more community activities to combat the worrying rise in gun violence.

In the wake of a shooting last night that left two men nursing injuries, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) parliamentarian was particularly concerned about the manner in which lawmen interact with the youth in her constituency.

It was around 9 p.m. when 40-year-old Kerwin Depeche and 35-year-old Ryan Quimby were hanging out with other men at a shop in the area of Block 5, Bottom Close in Wildey, St Michael when an unknown assailant exited a van and opened fire on the group of men, injuring Depeche and Quimby.

Bradshaw said the shooting was unfortunate, considering the fact that there had been ongoing efforts to ensure residents felt comfortable at home.

However, she also said the Royal Barbados Police Force needed to change its approach to policing the area, suggesting that the perceived aggressive method was not working.

“I would like to see more community policing – the return of officers coming into the community and talking with the residents. In The Pine, if you talk to most young people, there is a concern that there is a certain aggression by the police when they move into the community, whether they are looking for guns or drugs or just coming through to solicit answers,” the parliamentarian said.

“Yes, the police have a job to do, but it is creating resentment towards police, resentment in the fact that people may be trying to have parties or karaoke and police come and shut them down just as they are trying to start up business and bring about economic activity.

“I think you need a return of police who come through the area and mix with the children and community leaders and work with them on projects with could lead to a better relationship.”

In condemning the violence, Bradshaw said there were several reasons for the surge in gun crimes, with joblessness at the top of the list.

“There are a number of factors, but I think that unemployment has a large part to play. A lot of the people who are involved in these activities are unemployed or . . . they are seeking means of making a living and resorting to gun violence has been their outlet.

“A lot of our young people are coming out of school without certificates, so you have a situation where frustration is building, where they would have gone to school and [cannot ear a living],” she added.

The Opposition politician told Barbados TODAY community centres within the constituency needed to be upgraded to offer opportunities for the youth to become engaged in productive programmes.

“The population has expanded but there are not a lot of outlets for young people to be able to recreate. There is only one facility that has lights on it at nights which is the Parkinson Resource Centre pasture, but the rest aren’t functioning. We need to encourage more positive community groups, “ she said, reiterating that education was key in reducing the level of violence.

7 Responses to Bradshaw calls for more interactive form of policing

  1. Zeus August 17, 2017 at 2:44 am

    The job of the police is to solve crime not supervise children or babysit men …the parents the teachers the community leaders are suppose to do that by the way i still waiting to read what efforts you doing as representative of the area you have a roll to play also rather than placing blame on other parties

  2. Midnight August 17, 2017 at 3:17 am

    ….a kinder and gentler form of policing? This model has somehow been implemented in our schools for example and looka wha hapning. Times wussa than dat! You can’t really be advocating for the police to turn a blind eye to illegal parties and whatever else I’m thinking you’ve left unsaid! Come on. “Frustration is building..” because the young ppl think their forefathers had to work too hard for their lil pittance and this new age society encourages them to get rich quick. Ms Bradshaw, your seat safe. Emulate our P.M for now. Silence is golden.

  3. samantha walker August 17, 2017 at 5:32 am

    What can you expect from an old outdated education system, that those in authority think is still the best, maybe for the past but not for the present !!

  4. BIGSKY August 17, 2017 at 6:37 am

    I like this lady alot,she is a role model to both youth and women.Its a shame that she is going to loose her seat come next general election.

  5. jrsmith August 17, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Politicians ,what a breed we have in barbados , if you want to hear ignorance every time a politician oven they mouth……This is a very irresponsible ignorant comment,……………They are seeking means of making a living and resorting ,to gun violence has been they outlet ……But the not thinking bajan politician, is also forgetting bajans are losing they lives …………………….
    We have thousands of young black men in barbados who would be glad for a job , but they dont go out acquire a gun to terrorize the law abiding decent people of barbados………………….to give politicians an excuse because the politicians, are the ones who should be making the climate right and maintaining the security of the people of barbados……………………….

  6. orlando August 17, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    right now dodds should be over crowded with these lawless jacks. santia you should not be telling police to go mingle with there cowards. thats the representativesjob more so than the police. plame the polititions that bring in the barrels with guns and drugs and show up with a badge so they dont get search. every politition knows who they are , every police knows who they are. once you can dip your hand in the pot you thing i would say is that the police should get more involve in solvin crimes in their own lil village . just because people dont come forward dont mean that they dont everybody in the lil village knows who commitnig these crimes.

    • Jennifer August 18, 2017 at 1:42 am

      Your last sentence did it. That is exactly why the police should mingle.


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