Ramsay wants tiered approach to crime fighting

Senior Research Officer in the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit (CJRPU) of the Ministry of Home Affairs Kim Ramsay is recommending a tiered approach to tackling crime.

And she said the first step was to identify the trouble spots and disband the criminal elements in these areas.

“The short-term solution in my opinion is that we have to first of all go into the communities that are problematic. Where there is evidence of criminal groups, we have to disband these groups by whatever means necessary and that obviously is a law enforcement tactic that I cannot speak to because I am not a member of law enforcement.

“But that is an immediate solution because there is a lot of intelligence on the ground.  Don’t let us think that the police don’t know what is going on. The police always know what is going on. So, we have to target those groups . . . do a lot of raids and so on,” she said.

Ramsay joined National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) President Akanni McDowall, Member of Parliament for St Michael West Central James Paul and reformed gangster Mario Bruce in a discussion organized as part of the Man Talk series of the Men’s Fellowship of the Cave Hill Wesleyan Church.

In the discussion themed How Can We Stop The Gun From Coming? Ramsay said the island’s education system would also have to be carefully scrutinized to ensure at risk youth do not fall through the cracks.

“We have to put programmes in communities to deal with these persons in the school setting. We know who the at-risk persons are so we’ve already established that we need to deal with that. . . . And then the long terms solutions are the problems that are not solved in a political light,” she said.

The researcher spoke of people engaging in criminal activity after they are kicked out of school, a issue raised earlier this week by criminologist Yolande Forde in an interview with Barbados TODAY.

“I spoke about the problems that we saw in our prisons where we have a lot of persons who said that . . . a high percentage . . . were kicked out of school at 13 and 14 years old and they end up on the block. How do we stop that transition?” Ramsay asked.

She said the did crime problem did not emerge suddenly, and it could not be solved overnight,  adding that the fight against crime required a sustainable approach, commitment, political will and adequate resources.

Her sentiments were shared by McDowall who said that in the short term, once the high crime areas were identified, the necessary resources should be allocated to those areas.

“Then we can look at the medium-term plan that would include educating our children, which would include looking at all of the systems that can be put in place, which would be how we protect our borders even more than what we are doing now. What we need to do as a people though is to recognize in the long term that we have to change the way how we think,” the NUPW president said.

Meantime, Paul suggested that communities, families and individuals needed to work together to devise strategies to bring an end to crime.

“The churches have to get to work. We have got to start putting more into our schools and trust in the integrity of each other and stop demonizing one another,” Paul said.

For his part, Bruce noted that  Barbados was a society rooted in abusive families, broken homes and broken relationships.

He explained that children tend to gravitate towards the areas where they feel a sense of love.

“Believe me, he will defend it with his all . . . . People connect with people who they can identify with. It is one thing for us to stand on a pulpit or from an office and say we want this or we want that. And it is another thing for being one who experience it and walked through it and being able to connect with those individuals and share that hope and share that love.

“We need to stop discriminating, stop labelling our ghettos and our blocks . . . .These are our future, that these are our young men and that having that sense it would drive us to really act, not just talk, but to really act on seeing our youth come to a better place,” he stressed.

12 Responses to Ramsay wants tiered approach to crime fighting

  1. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton September 2, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Fire AG and make Ramsay interim AG….. she knows what has to be done. There has to be a surge by law enforcement.

  2. jrsmith September 2, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I have no boxes to tick , for all of these experts who seems to have been asleep and living on another planet , is now coming forward against crime in Barbados…………. This crime especially guns and knives , was building gradually for decades , but as like now our politicians and others who claims their are leading member of our societies, just carry on living in they bubbles where they are not being effected and would just avoid ares they know are areas of not limited crimes……………………………….
    These people are all fakes , had not for this open opportunity to comment on issues in barbados you wouldn’t hear a whisper from anyone of them……………………..The people who were voted into power are the ones who have our country in this economic and criminal mess, because they work in the interest of themselves and certain people , but , not in the interest of the people namely the black masses , … Our barbados is there for the taking but not by bajans………….Wouldn’t be wrong to say and ask why the foreigners does better than bajans in our (Little England)……………………

    • hcalndre September 2, 2017 at 9:53 am

      First let me tell that politician that Barbados don’t have any Ghettoes. This government believes that having a football tournament in the parishes and throwing a few dollars in and saying that it puts money in the players` pockets that don`t have a job and venders make money too is their great idea, after the tournament, what`s next until the next year? There is nothing that this government can point to as their legacy for the 2 terms that they are in office, every project, every idea were all failures, what they would be known for are taxes and bringing hardship on the people while they live in their comfort zone. I have no problem with whoever can buy or build homes in Barbados, do bajans do the same in other countries? Bajans are some of the most travelled in this world, always remember that. The crime will keep escalating and some of those that were denied an education at Cave Hill because their parents could not afford the fees and can`t get a job.

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 2, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Stop de Long Talk fuh talking sake and reopen Glendairy!

  4. jrsmith September 2, 2017 at 5:44 am

    As for our children teach them to count 1 to 100 , teach them the basic economics of survival , teach them black history daily not waiting for a month to come in year, stop telling them this blonde hair blueyed man die from they sins as if blacks are the only ones who commit sins……But thats true in barbados ……………….. But also explain to them how 1% of our nation is living such a comfortable untouched life …………..

  5. Jus me September 2, 2017 at 7:09 am

    I wid yuh 100 per cent.

  6. Alex Alleyne September 2, 2017 at 7:17 am


  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 2, 2017 at 8:31 am

    She makes very good points but is big shots and political clowns even listening or care.

  8. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray September 2, 2017 at 9:08 am

    All it take is to stop pushing

  9. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray September 2, 2017 at 9:34 am

    All prisoners shall be seen, by a psychiatrist, so to get a evaluation on them.

  10. Tony Webster September 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    We get the government we deserve. Effin there are more grasping idiots to tek a tablet, or a couple Grantleys , next time around, than normal Bajans who ensure their kids are raised with good morals, and a sense of self-reliance and ambition….then we lose what so many gave their whole lives during the last fifty years, to create. Every country in God’s Green Eart, has it’s challenges and exisistential threats. Those who will inherit the Earth are those with they eyes to see these, and have the backbones , sinews, and courage to overcome these and to not only survive….but to prosper.

    Prov.. 6:6…”Go to the ant, thou sluggardl; consider her ways, and be wise”

  11. Faith September 3, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    “Home drums beat first” Children lack standards and the understanding that you are not your environment but the level of beliefs and standards/goals you set for yourself. Be accountable.


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