Crime will worsen

Forde tells Govt change approach or face more gun violence

A former Barbados Government criminologist is predicting that the crime situation will get worse if the authorities fail to adopt a different approach to crime fighting.

Declaring that she was not surprised at the worrying level of gun violence in the country, Yolande Forde today said the continued reliance on jailing young people was not the answer to the crime problems.

In fact, the 24-year veteran who has worked as a consultant to the World Bank, the Cayman Islands government, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), said Barbados was now reaping the results of failing to introduce proper early intervention strategies.

Forde, who in 1997 produced a report entitled Criminal Risk Factors containing 20 recommendations which she submitted to Government, said this afternoon in an extensive interview with Barbados TODAY that those involved in the gun crimes and other acts of lawlessness did not wake up one morning and decide to do so.

“You asked if it [the report] is still relevant. To a large measure it is and in large measure a lot of the recommendations there seem not be have been implemented because I would see other areas of the press calling for the same things that I called for 20 years ago. If your priority recommendations have not been addressed then why are we expecting a different result?” Forde said.

The noted criminologist said the report dealt with what the inmates told her during indepth interviews about their community life, their moral and spiritual exposure, educational and school experiences, their criminal profile dating back to juvenile delinquency and family life.

Contending that crime was first and foremost a behavioural problem, she warned that crime would only be reduced by addressing all of the components essential for an effective crime reduction strategy.

“What Barbados needs and has needed for a long time is a comprehensive integrated crime reduction strategy. You need interventions and specific programmes and measures that come within the realm of criminality prevention. Number two, you need specific strategies that fall within the realm of what I call crime situational control. Number three, you need strategies and approaches that fall within the realm of crime response.

“In the Caribbean [including Barbados] we have placed an inordinate amount of importance on components two and three to the detriment of component one,” she noted.

Forde told Barbados TODAY this country did not necessarily need more police officers, stiffer penalties or longer prison terms, but rather more sensible sentencing options.

“Because there were not the right interventions, today we are reaping the effects, the outcome of those non-interventions in those persons’ lives. I say that with absolute certainty, because I have spoken to them. I know too many stories of situations like this. I am not saying we don’t need to have the other measures in the other areas. Of course we do. We cannot have strategies without a strong law enforcement element. But a strategy that carries those two components and not a serious and strong crime prevention programme that deals with early indicators of criminal behaviour is flawed and will never, ever reap the kind of results that we would want in terms of crime reduction in this country,” the transnational organized crime specialist cautioned.

“So the first point I want to make is when persons say, ‘what’s happening in Barbados? Why all these shootings? Wuh really happening?’ I am wondering what is all of this shock and alarm about?”

Barbados has been reeling from an upsurge in gun crimes, including 19 of the 23 murders recorded so far this year, compared to 16 of the 22 last year.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite recently announced plans to summon the Barbados Defence Force to help in the fight against gun violence.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

29 Responses to Crime will worsen

  1. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde August 28, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    OF COURSE IT WILL GET WORSE,THE GOVERNMENT ADOPT A NEW STRATEGY.

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  2. Pat Edwards
    Pat Edwards August 28, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    De devil is a liar i rebuke that projection and forecast In Jesus Name. I CANCEL IT AND CALL IT TO NOUGHT DECREEING AND DECLARING.THAT CRIME SHALL GO DOWN AND NOT INCREASE. I DESTROY EVERY.RISING.AGENT THAT WILL.MAKE CRIME.RISE IN THIS NATION. LET GOD BE TRUE AND EVERY man a liar

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  3. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie August 28, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Murders are down …….

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba August 29, 2017 at 2:27 am

      DOWN WHERE MACKIE?

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      • jennifer August 29, 2017 at 6:12 am

        He means down the last few days.

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  4. Alex Jordan
    Alex Jordan August 28, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    She wait late to realise that…
    Blood now got to spill….

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    • jennifer August 29, 2017 at 12:20 am

      why.

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    • Ryan Videodv
      Ryan Videodv August 29, 2017 at 4:01 am

      Very true I told them it too late,What programs given all them yutes a million dollars for that them seize going after that money,Once you know what money is and it can do it done there.

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  5. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba August 29, 2017 at 1:43 am

    LOOK AN SEE ALL THESE EXPERTS WE HAVE IN HERE, THINGS NA BETTER….I HEAR SHE PUN BRASSTAX..STUTTERING HERE AND THERE, WHEN DAVID ELLIS HAD MR. X ON THE SHOW HUMMMMMM…… FOR ME I WOULD GIVE MR X THE JOB OF CRIMINOLOGIST, ADVISING THE GOVERNMENT….RIGHT MAN FA DE JOB.

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    • jennifer August 29, 2017 at 6:28 am

      Look at her exposure/experience. This reminds me of the boy tarzan. We all know how he was raised, swinging from rope to rope and all. Similar here. All their education just to go down the rabbit hole just don’t cut it for this people. You are no help to this people if you are stuck yourself.

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  6. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma August 29, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Change has to be implemented at school level. Teaching children civil duties and responsibility. Aid their understanding of the importance of participating in a society to its betterment. Bringing babies into the world with no real hopes to a means of survival is stupid. That’s the main problem!

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  7. Marilyn C Fields
    Marilyn C Fields August 29, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Police need to set up out post in all areas around Barbados..invest in more mobile vans..instead of SUV and Jeeps..bring out the mounted division also..ride and walk through the neighbourhoods and familiarize themselves with the citizens and learn who is who and what is what..make people feel safe again..don’t only turn up at raids or incidents..having a constant police present around will deter crime..

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  8. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood August 29, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Amen

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  9. Saga Boy August 29, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Ali Baba don’t you know it is bad manners to write in caps. Stop the shouting and talk like a civilized person. And while you are at it stop talking crap. This is a serious issue. The lady has made some good points. Can you improve on what she has recommended?

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  10. Alex Alleyne August 29, 2017 at 5:37 am

    crime will be wiped out in 3 months by putting in place a “DUTERTE” style plan.

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    • Belfast August 29, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      Yes, but Duterte possesses something that none of our politicians has……….Balls!

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  11. jennifer August 29, 2017 at 6:09 am

    I have said this before and I will reiterate it. A nation/race of people cannot develop and build themselves underneath another nation/race of people. As a strong people we have to be constantly licking the boot straps of the 1% of Barbados for crumbs, while our MLK politicians ease to please and that lot continue to eat lamb stew. Until this people mindset is re-routed from the colonial era attainment, crime will continue to rise. This is like a drug with people having different side effects. There must be change to the educational system, and the church system for starters. But why would they want to change that to make others feel uncomfortable and change the status quo. The weak must depend on the strong. Fits like a hand in a glove. We always got all of these “EDUCATED” adults talking on air, why don’t they get some grass roots youths on a show and let them air their views for a change. You will be surprised what they say.

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  12. DE August 29, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I can agree with most of what Mrs. Ford has publish, but I think she and all the others like myself who are asking the authorities and those who are offering suggestion to the authorities are peering on deaf ears.
    It is my humble opinion that the authorities know who are bring these gun into the island, but it must be a trade off as a back up to help the economy from collapsing.

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    • jennifer August 29, 2017 at 9:33 am

      @DE – Your last sentence is all part of that rabbit hole. This crime thing is very big business and is keeping a lot of people employed. Lawyers, newspaper sales, journalist, undertakers, police, not to mention even some people businesses afloat. This is why nothing will change by way of that education because it will cause the economy dearly – just maintain the crime/murders to a certain level.

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  13. milli watt August 29, 2017 at 10:07 am

    yuh think……….must have take this one all of a second to conclude this. WELL DONE!

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  14. Helicopter(8P) August 29, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Every national and visitor alike is subject to the laws of the land and that is of sovereign Barbados. Ms. Forde your findings are worthwhile and we hope that the experts may take note on your research. On the other hand illegal gun violence and shootings should be placed under the flogging orders which are under the statutes of Barbados and were not abandoned by the House of Assembly or the Senate by two thirds majority. A remedy has to be gotten to stop a 16 x 24 square mile problem. No excuses people. In so doing we will know if foreign agents are responsible for the murderous activity and public endangerment that is so wide spread across this fair land. The “Cat o nine tail ” would be the wise decision and an international memory recall to leave the illegal guns out of our coastal waters. Bajan to the bed rock!

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  15. jrsmith August 29, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Some things said by the lady is right on target ……….. This government was in power for 9 years , where was all these experts and show boaters,,, the crime especially the gun crime wasn’t started in barbados in the new year ………………. This was coming at us for decades , the excuse everything must be played upon in barbados to make it look ever so hard ,to say we are educated people………………….. Crime around the world uses the simplest technologies, because the reduction of law enforcement persons , we need to apply many of these technologies in barbados , what has the government done about crime in barbados ….nothing………..
    @,Jennifer , hail, hail on the button your (9:33) you may have forgotten look who is living big up in barbados, with blood on they hands , in the (UK) this lot would be in view of law enforcement, they would have some early morning knocking …….knicked …….
    @,DE , hail hail good shot , your (8:24) must further add , one day it will all come tumbling down, the people who is protecting the ones at the top , is going to need protecting themselves and they families because they know too much and have to run for cover, one day……………………………………………………….

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  16. Alex Alleyne August 29, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Only if the powers that be sit and do nothing.
    Remember WE all live here , so something has to be done.
    First, fire the AG. Waited too long to make the move of bringing In the BDF after sitting for years just doing NOTHING.

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