Crime force

BDF to join police in fight against gun violence

The combined armed forces will be called to action as Government seeks to up the ante in the fight against the growing incidence of gun crimes.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has announced that Government plans to call out the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) to help police take control of the situation.

Lawman have been trying to come to grips with a spate of crimes, which have so far claimed 23 lives – one more than all of last year – many of them gun related.

Brathwaite told the BDF’s 38th anniversary parade at St Ann’s Fort at the weekend that unless something is done to curb the violence, the island’s security would be at risk.

“Recently, we have seen an increase in gun violence and gun-related crime which, if left unchecked, will result in further deterioration in national security and public safety of this island,” the attorney general said.

“The Barbados Defence Force will be called upon to support the Royal Barbados Police Force in ensuring public safety. You, the men and women of the Force, must stand ready to answer such a call to cull this scourge, this menace to our society.”

Addressing the troops before the Brathwaite delivered his remarks, Chief of Staff Lieutenant Colonel Glyne Grannum spoke of the BDF’s role being not only to defend the country, “but to provide security and safety of the public.

Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite with Chief of Staff of the BDF, Colonel Glyne Grannum and other senior officials of the BDF during the 38th anniversary parade.

“Therefore, this Force shall continue to diligently carry out various operations delivered by our disciplined, multi-skilled personnel confronting the. . . security . . . threats that exist today,” he said.

The parade was a follow-up to a service at St Matthias Anglican Church the previous Sunday, which also formed part of the anniversary celebrations.

It was at that service that Grannum had first hinted that the military might be joining with police on the streets.

He said then that in the circumstances of highly unusual crime challenges, the army stood willing and ready to act wherever necessary.

“This anniversary of the Barbados Defence Force is indeed different from what we have been accustomed to in the past. In recent times, the landscape of our precious island has been plagued by the deviancy of groups who seek to destabilize the peace and tranquility of our nation, to tarnish this gem of the Caribbean,” he had observed.

“The Barbados Defence Force shall be resolute in our operations to defend this country and support our national development. We shall stand together and remain committed to fulfilling our mission to defend and secure Barbados and its interests, including that of public safety.

“We in the BDF are one team that fights together to win.  This has been our history. This is our tradition. This shall be our future,” Grannum had added.

The year’s 23rd murder took place last night when 40-year-old Orwin Moore of Water Street, Christ Church was shot multiple times at Cane Vale in the same parish around 8:20 p.m. Moore was rushed to hospital but subsequently succumbed to his injuries.

It was earlier this month that Brathwaite had vowed to introduce legislation to give the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) additional powers to arrest the worrying wave of gun violence.

Following a shooting at the climax of the Crop Over festival, that left 20-year-old Taried Junior Rock dead and 18 people injured, the attorney general had reiterated an earlier pledge to better equip law enforcers to rid the streets of illegal firearms, while announcing his intention to introduce legislation allowing for the interception of the communication of suspected criminals.

“I intend to work with the relevant minister. Let’s take a paper to Cabinet so we can have that [legislation]. It makes no sense in 2017, us having the resources available and not being able to utilize such facilities,” Brathwaite, who is also Minister of Home Affairs, had said.

He also said he was contemplating measures to prevent people who are on bail from linking with criminal gangs.

Back in April Brathwaite had also assured Barbadians that the worrying gun violence was getting the highest level of attention from the Royal Barbados Police Force, even while admitting that the authorities were concerned about the spate of gun related incidents.  

17 Responses to Crime force

  1. Kammie Holder August 22, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Sir sorry but bringing out the army will not solve the problem. Army deployment in Trinidad nor Jamaica did not solve issues. Armies are used to fight wars. What the country is seeing in the gun related crimes iare a reaction to a feeling of immunity and a lack of severe punishment for murder.

    Why worry about murdering when I will get bail and build a reputation as an assassin and be back from prison in 7 years. What are we saying to law abiding citizens about our response to thugs?

  2. Alex Alleyne August 22, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Long over due. You just wake up and see what is going on in BIM. RBPF could never do it alone because of “Lack of Fire Power”. Let us hope that the BDF is given a “Free Hand”.

  3. Alex Alleyne August 22, 2017 at 4:58 am

    BDF, let’s wipe the “branches” off the streets of BIM then turn to the “top-of the tree”.

  4. Donild Trimp August 22, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Congratulations Sir on doing the right thing.

    Time for all the bleeding heart liberals like SUE DONYM to shut up and let the RBPF and the Defense Force put their heads together and rid Barbados of these lawless wannabe “gangstas”.

    All law abiding Barbadians should support the AG, the RBPF and the Defense Force in eliminating this filth from the streets of Barbados.

    This ignorant mentality of indiscriminate shooting in public with no regard for the lives of innocent people was never a phenomenon in Barbados, this is imported culture.

    Let the filth go to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago or Guyana if they want to continue that lifestyle. They will have no problem fitting in with the other filth from those islands.

    The time is ripe for deporting the illegals from Barbados. Too many illegal Jamaicans, Guyanese and Vincentians in Barbados.

    Enough is enough. HAWK !!!!!!!!!!!!! SPIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Alex Alleyne August 22, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Then we must kill off the “roots” of the tree “DUTERTE style”.
    With this group you must fire with fire in order to clean up Barbados.

  6. Milli Watt August 22, 2017 at 10:21 am

    boots on the ground stupse……….still will not go far enough. This country needs to withdraw itself from the human rights treaties it signed, read the death warrant to the criminals on death row, pop off some heads and let it be known that the gallows is opened for business post haste. anything short of this is spinning top in MUD!

    • Jennifer August 22, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      @milli – ahh, those treaties and systems. And where did they originate???? The glasses is the problem. To tackle this problem you will need to understand the beast you are dealing with. Beast against beast. Mind reversal and cutoff.

  7. Alex Alleyne August 22, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    The 2 departments must work hard , go the extra mile and get the job done. We must not stop until we “wipe the snot off the door knob of Barbados”.
    If we had an AG that was doing his job this programme would have been in place years ago.

  8. Jennifer August 22, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Now I wonder how them gine execute all this to make it effective? Maybe someone can help me out with an explanation. Alex or donild.

    • Jennifer August 22, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      This reminds me of the woman who rub the onion juice on a centipede sting and nearly got her leg severed.

  9. Helicopter(8P) August 22, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Out standing! Honorable AG having proposed and intending to have the BDF give assisting man power and man hours in the deter of gun violence and murder by gun play on the sovereign soil of Barbados!

  10. Donild Trimp August 22, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    @ Jennifer –
    You know I will always answer your call.

    I am not as good as you when it comes to ratiocination but I do try.

    We have a problem with guns and ammunition entering Barbados.
    The idiots who are shooting about the place indiscriminately are poor rakey wannabe gangstas – the “little fish” as we call them.

    We cannot allow them to multiply and grow. We must starve them of the guns and ammunition getting to them and in so doing we must also remove the guns and ammunition already in their hands.

    I know you get my drift.

    Re the illegals and deportation, that is elementary.

    The glasses are off Jennifer, we all know where the problem originated. Small steps, small steps.

    I hope you are with me here Jennifer.

  11. Alex Alleyne August 22, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    @Jennifer, Barbados can be cleaned up as long as the BDF & RBPF don’t have to take orders from the AG. (I will leave it there).

    • Jennifer August 22, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks guys. Once you know that we are dealing with very mountainous terrain. This is like taking a man, blindfolding him and putting him in a jungle to find his way home. We’ll see. We’ll see.

  12. Belfast August 22, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    An army consists of multiple divisions, brigades and battalions, We do not have an army in Barbados, but a Defence Force that can be utilised to aid the civil authorities, ie Police. In situations where Cordon and Searches have to be carried out in a specific hot area, as well as random vehicle check points, the manpower, and training in Internal Security of the Defence Force put them in an ideal situation to swell the ranks of law enforcers.

    • Jennifer August 22, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      @Belfast – Noted. huuummmm. Now you will see a fresh hornets nest open up. Dah black belly sheep ain’t got no wool. Keep watching.

  13. Hewers of wood August 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    We need the defence force to work with customs too on ALL ports of entry. Off loading of containers. Skin out big and little, black and white, Asian and Chinese. And I know someone will tell me that them don’t do any shooting so, what are they doing????????? You will always have a positive and a negative. And any political or hierarchical interference should be named and shamed. Lets see. I don’t think some of us understand how f354 up this place is.


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