Show of Force

Lawmen seek to reassure Gall Hill residents in the wake of killings

Following two gun-related murders in the Gall Hill and Cane Vale, Christ Church communities this week, fear-gripped residents were this evening assured of increased police presence and greater accessibility.

In seeking to instill a sense of calm among residents fearing reprisals following the gunning down of Orwin Les Moore and Shawn Taylor, Southern Divisional Commander Senior Police Superintendent Eucklyn Thompson led a team of officers on a walk-through of Cane Vale and Gall Hill this evening. 

The 40-year-old Moore was shot dead on Sunday night at Cane Vale Crescent as he drove away from a friend’s house. A little over 24 hours later, Taylor, his boyhood friend, met his death similarly while at Gall Hill.

Police top brass from the southern division listen attentively to a Gall Hill resident, following this week’s shooting deaths of two men in that area and nearby Cane Vale, Christ Church.

 

Thompson told reporters in Gall Hill at the end of the interactions with residents that police would be more visible in the districts, not only due to the recent murders, but in order to maintain connections with the people.

He said it was clear from the feedback that people wanted the police to respond to their concerns, and he pledged that an undisclosed strategy was in the pipeline.

“One of the cries of the people is that we would have a greater involvement at the community centre and we would want to ensure that our community officers recognize the need for them to play a greater role in what is happening within communities,” the senior police officer said.

“I think that is a big thrust of the Royal Barbados Police Force. Community policing is one of the main planks of policing endeavours. And we are going to do our best to ensure that the people see and feel the presence of police officers in this community.”

Thompson said while the centre was in need of an upgrade, it could be used effectively for police services.

Amid complaints by some residents that lawmen do not readily respond to their calls for assistance, the divisional commander promised a manpower boost to the police outpost at St Lawrence Gap, aimed at making more officers more accessible and improving response times. “From what I know, the post is still active. What it can do [with] is a facelift for sure . . . and my view is that there may be a need to strengthen it so that we can have a greater spread of police officers in the general area, because this community is interwoven and inter-mixed with other communities.

“So there is a need for officers to traverse the general area so that all the neighbours within this general area . . . people can feel sure that police officers are there to support them from day to day,” he added.

Flanked by his deputy, Superintendent John Maxwell, as well as Inspector Carolyn Blackman-Alleyne and other officers, Thompson also assured the people of the violence-prone districts that today’s tour was not a one-off.

“For sure, what is happening here . . . even if we do not come back the way we are now, it may be a need for us to come back to reassure the people that we care. So in that regard, yes, I think there is a need. I have already assessed that there may be a need to come back again,” the senior police officer said as a number of residents looked on from various vantage points. He also assured the people that the administration would not tolerate inadequate responses by officers when they call for help. “So we would not condone anybody just coming through . . . driving through and not responding to the needs of those people who are making legitimate complaints to be serviced,” he stressed. 

Thompson said his team had received a good reception from the groups of young men with whom they had interacted. 

He also noted that residents were generally glad to speak with the officer, although there were those who seemed a bit reluctant.

emmannueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

14 Responses to Show of Force

  1. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams August 24, 2017 at 2:32 am

    In Bim, we half-do things after the fact.

    Reply
  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 24, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Really?

    Reply
  3. jennifer August 24, 2017 at 5:19 am

    All of this violence is a backlash as a result of all sectors of our society not functioning/catering to the needs of black people. That divide which was set up from institution to institution and this middle class arm. Our laws need rewriting, our education syllabus need rewriting, our church teaching needs revamping, our political system needs revamping, to create a level playground. It is no good to slave to get a barrage of degrees and MASTERS to go and manage an ARM of your oppressor’s establishment. What idiot thinks like this?????? the mentality is the same.

    Reply
  4. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner August 24, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Ok this looks good but if one of these thugs decide to take on police during one of these walk about how are they going to defend themselves,rising gun crimes but yet officers walking around without any weapons frigging backwards and stupid.Also these walk abouts just PR stunts this should be done at nights when things heat up and everyone in Barbados seem to know where the hot spots are so why is RBPF not gathering intel,seriously these so call big shots just a reactionary bunch with band aid solutions.Come up with long term solutions because things might quiet down for a minute but this problem needs a long term solution so please stop procrastinating so call big shots.

    Reply
    • Colette Felix
      Colette Felix August 24, 2017 at 8:07 am

      What intel,most ppl if not all of them in those neighbourhoods never tell the police anything unless it directly affects them,oh plz

      Reply
    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner August 24, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Colette Felix Listen its police job to get info funny how a small island and everyone knows the gangs and it’s members but yet police from same small island knows nothing.

      Reply
  5. Alex Alleyne August 24, 2017 at 8:58 am

    2 Heavy rollers from the RBPF standing speaking to a lady from her doorway is a show of force ?. One has a “stick” in his hand and correct me if I am wrong, do these guys carry guns ?. My idea about “A SHOW OF FORCE” will be 6 to 8 LAWMEN with “big guns” in the area flexing their muscles” making the “scum” in the area know “we ain’t making nuh sport”.

    Reply
    • Jennifer August 24, 2017 at 9:57 am

      @Alex – I think this force is just referencing the police FORCE. Your idea will come another time. It is about interaction for now.

      Reply
  6. Denton Crichlow
    Denton Crichlow August 24, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I agree a waste of time with those big fat police

    Reply
  7. Smiles August 24, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Lord help us, if you do you die and if you don’t you die. Three names were mentioned and I swear all three of them were carrying weapons, you should look at the pants leg, they don’t have to brandish any weapon. The weapons may not be as powerful as the bad boys own but I swear they had. and some time recently the same Police was castigated for bringing out members in riot gear, think it was a march or something. How now yall want them to come brandishing weapons, wuh dey aint come to the bad boys. Come with guns and frighten them children w ho know that two men just get murdered by guns and wunna would have a field day. Just call in the information to the police, get it in somehow or the other. wunna think that these people aint know who got guns, who got the titty.

    Reply
  8. milli watt August 24, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    hope de COMMISH carrying when he on he rounds.

    Reply
  9. harry turnover August 24, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Yeh right !! a show of the Royal Barbados Police FORCE.I don’t know how ANY Police walking through a community gine stop people from shooting.
    They would have to organize a 24hr walk through and even then at some point in time they will become sitting ducks
    All that gine happen is that the shooters gine wait till the Police gone to shoot when they ready.
    The Police nor nabody can’t stop shooting from taking place. BUT those in Authority can halt the importation of the guns and the people responsible for importing them
    .Randomly select people to search luggage BEFORE or AFTER they are searched at the Ports is all the Powers that be got to do and see wha really going on.

    Reply
  10. Alex Alleyne August 24, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    @Jennifer , is that what we need ? , we done pass phase one and even two.
    Never the less, point taken.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *