Twenty-six murders ‘a fairly good figure’

A senior police officer is suggesting the number of murders recorded so far this year is no big deal, describing the 26 homicides as “a fairly good figure” and “an alright figure”.

Crime Prevention Officer, Station Sergeant Stephen Griffith

With the country recording just under three murders each month, Crime Prevention Officer with the Royal Barbados Police Force Stephen Griffith has suggested that this is nothing to cower in fear about, especially since other jurisdictions in the region, some smaller than Barbados, have murder rates that are much higher.

“I know that you have people getting shot every weekend and things like that but they’re only down to 26.  There are several countries within our own Caribbean environment that have tripled or quadrupled that figure. So, 26 is a fairly good figure. With all due respect to the people who died and their families, 26 is an alright figure,” he told a crime prevention lecture hosted last evening by the District Grand Lodge #1, Barbados at The Lion’s Den on Beckles Road, St Michael.

Griffith was quick to note that lawmen were making significant progress in solving these crimes, pointing to the fact that over the last few days a number of arrests were made in two outstanding matters that were merely weeks old.

In the most recent case, five men were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison at Dodds today charged with killing 49-year-old British businessman Steven Weare, who was last seen alive in Burger King’s car park at University Drive, Black Rock, St Michael on August 23, and whose body was found in a remote area at Melverton, St George on September 1.

Weare, a car salesman from Kirkham, Lancashire in the north west of England, was reportedly staying at Newcastle Plantation House in St John.

  “You would recognize that over the weekend some other guys were charged in [the] murder in Christ Church and probably by the end of the week we will have about five or six other persons, five of whom are in custody in respect of another murder [Weare].  We are making some headway so there is no need to panic.  Investigations are slow and determined,” he told the gathering.

Meantime, the senior police officer also revealed that burglary remained the number one crime on the island, although he did not go into detail.

103 Responses to Twenty-six murders ‘a fairly good figure’

  1. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite September 13, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Not for the ” 26″ it isn’t !!!!

  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall September 13, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    26 too much

  3. Scott Galt
    Scott Galt September 13, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    0 is a good figure

    • Wendy Reece
      Wendy Reece September 14, 2017 at 1:25 am

      Absolutely, totally agree with you.

  4. John Everatt September 14, 2017 at 12:06 am

    The problem with this officer’s reasoning is that he does not talk about the wounded who could just as easily have been shot in the head as in the shoulder. We have Dexter James telling us that gun related injuries are over burdening QEH emergency facilities. He attributes much of the cost over runs to this fact as well as the many road accidents. So my point is that the murder statistics do not tell the whole story and there is need to be concerned with the crime level.

  5. Divine Duchess
    Divine Duchess September 14, 2017 at 12:25 am

    The very first 2 setences of this article caused me not to read anymore..
    Because it is apparent u, the A.G and whosoever else blieveth this bs…smoke too
    much…yall must be dreaming stupse

  6. Marilyn C Fields
    Marilyn C Fields September 14, 2017 at 12:48 am

    That is 26 grieving families out there ..that was 26 coffins to bear ..that was 26 undertaker bills to pay…26 homicides is a fairly good figure you say.. Even though true…These words coming from you.. made it all a very bad day..

  7. Kay Critchlow
    Kay Critchlow September 14, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Unbelievable what I’ve just read no words .

  8. Sarah Amlot
    Sarah Amlot September 14, 2017 at 1:45 am


  9. Louise Annastasia Burton
    Louise Annastasia Burton September 14, 2017 at 1:47 am

    This is beyond ridiculous!!

  10. Caroline Boxill
    Caroline Boxill September 14, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Wth never heard such nonsense yet in all history maybe I reading wrong .

  11. Monique Kashia
    Monique Kashia September 14, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Smh…I just can’t!

  12. Shenzhen Nongke
    Shenzhen Nongke September 14, 2017 at 2:48 am

    26 way too much for this small country

  13. Julie Michele
    Julie Michele September 14, 2017 at 2:50 am

    How many convictions? 26 is 26 too many. That is one murder per 10,000 people, 10 times more than the UK.

  14. Sheila Chase September 14, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Unbelievable statement ,certainly not for the families of those deceased ,neither is it reassuring for tourists.

  15. Peter Merrifield
    Peter Merrifield September 14, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Inappropriate comment

  16. James Amlighty
    James Amlighty September 14, 2017 at 3:11 am

    So what’s the targeted monthly quota sir? It is the so-called leaders of this country that have us in trouble cause y’all clearly believe the level of crime is ok.

  17. Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa
    Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa September 14, 2017 at 3:28 am

    So when I tell my people we need to do this and that to stop violence and road accidents and they tell me to shut up because Barbados is not that bad compared to other countries
    And then because I speak with a funny accent I am told to focus on other countries and not Barbados
    But when your own officials tell you 26 is a good number and is better than nothing it’s not okay???

    1. BARBADIANS NEED TO STOP being so contradictory if someone/ anyone wants to help because they care don’t reject them then rebuke them when the ish hits the fan for the 26th time

    2. BARBADIANS NEED TO STOP BEING SO hipppcrytical. One minute lots of Bajans are in denial the country is that bad… Next minute Bajans will condemn anyone who says Barbados is not that bad


    Is that every death is important…. Every death!!! Every incident!!!! Because we are all one big family. We are not England or Russia we did not ask to be here and because the island is so small one death has a greater impact.

    So. No we should not be comparing ourselves to other countries in the world when it comes to crime. We should take what we can positively from other countries and within our communities we should be working towards being a completely crime free zone annnnnnnd theft free zone (doesn’t help when the government are teething).

    Barbados has to want to elevate to be independent not want to be happy by staying stagnant and being compared to other countries. Trini got a lot of crime Jam down got lots of crime so we good.

    NO! If one person dies all 240,000 of us feel it. No man left behind.

  18. Erica Brathwaite
    Erica Brathwaite September 14, 2017 at 3:48 am

    Sorry. You must have lost your mind. 26 murders is 26 murders to much. This comment has made me angry . Maybe the sun has fried your brain. Even the fact that it is higher than last year and the year hasn’t finish yet tells me it is a BAD figure. No other country should be a bench mark for Barbados. We should try to care for help and protect our people. We should set an example to the world, not except that 26 murders are a fairly good figure. What’s good about it.

  19. Ninian Wilson
    Ninian Wilson September 14, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Wow thats high 10X the UK murder rate….

  20. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde September 14, 2017 at 4:08 am


  21. Nikki Hollingsworth
    Nikki Hollingsworth September 14, 2017 at 4:09 am

    I can’t believe murders and good are in the same sentence…..

    • tedd September 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      except” the man who committed the MURDER was arrested through the assistance of GOOD citizens”. Sorry for making fun in such a manner, but I agree with you. 26 murders are three per month so we are talking of having 1 week with out a murder per month. if this is not out of hand then what is. is the officer saying that the 26 is is good compared to Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Haiti, Jamaica, And Trinidad.

  22. Citizen September 14, 2017 at 4:19 am

    The first step to solving the crime problem is to rid the force of people like you, Mr. Griffith. You needed to spend time preparing a proper speech, rather than just talking a whole heap of badword. 26 murders are 26 too much. Please call the AG and ask him to join you in retirement tomorrow.

  23. Duane Burke
    Duane Burke September 14, 2017 at 4:20 am

    We continue to compare ourselves to mediocrity with the constant reference to the “we are not as bad as” list, for every area. I would prefer to hear about the “we are not as good as” list.

    • Victoria Lily
      Victoria Lily September 14, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      And all the countries they are comparing with started off with “a fairly good figure” smh

      • geoquip September 17, 2017 at 11:07 am

        Thanks..T&T’s rate was lower than Bim’s as late as 2000.

        Needs to be nipped in the bud..Good luck Bim,my only second home.

  24. Jeff King
    Jeff King September 14, 2017 at 4:22 am

    I am sure the other islands that have higher murder rates than us started this way,then increased.crazy talk…

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 14, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Very true.

    • Victoria Lily
      Victoria Lily September 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Spot .. They are still believing in this “we are better than them bs”

  25. JP Sayers
    JP Sayers September 14, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Can they provide de annual per capita rate for past 50 years?

  26. Bajan Positve Brian
    Bajan Positve Brian September 14, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Prior to seeing this I thought that “Standpipe high” was a joke. Joke is on me to see that the education system has failed so many.
    The government neeeds a public relations firm to stop them from making stupid comments that only serve to further piss off an already angry population. Barbados is not T&T or JA and should never compare or take comfort in knowing that we are in less of a mess than they are. 1 murder is too many.

    • Rasta wain September 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      They do need a public relations officer to deal with the statements being made, In this case you are creating controversy by claiming not compare, and yet comparing

    • Victoria Lily
      Victoria Lily September 14, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      A PR rep sounds good, that way we wouldn’t have to hear the various stupid views of individual Minister and government officials.

  27. Patrick Pollard
    Patrick Pollard September 14, 2017 at 4:39 am

    26 too many Officer. These wide boys need slimming down. All of them should be rounded up and transported back where they come from. Use the Cat O Nine Tails on them so that they always associate pain with Barbados. The only is by example.

  28. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke September 14, 2017 at 4:47 am

    I agree totally . Let’s go for the 100 mark next year after all we wouldn’t want to be left behind . The ignorance I hear daily from ppl who should know better .

  29. Thunder September 14, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Mr.Griffith is frankly in denial 26 murders and he is talking foolishness,he shoule be ashamed,Barbados was one of the most peaceful country’s in the Caribbean,we hardly had any murders here.
    Never in the history of this country have we had so much gun violence, now we have men murdering in groups of five,you can’t go to the A.T.M in peace,you can’t even go crop over in peace,you can’t even sit on the block in peace, and your talking foolishness.
    Now we have a serious gang problem, but we better wake up and wake up fast, because the things that will happen here will shock this nation.
    26 people lost their lives here and for what?will we wait until 50 people die to finally care!
    It seems his job to reassure the public,but your not fooling me,get back to God Barbados before it is too late!

  30. Ria Ifill
    Ria Ifill September 14, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Chris Barnett

  31. Daniel Zimmerli
    Daniel Zimmerli September 14, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Crime Rate in the USA Due to the world’s highest ratio of prisoners to the general population, large military capacity, crime rate, and ease of access to weapons, the U.S. comes in at 85 of 149, right between Brazil and Angola on the list.

  32. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith September 14, 2017 at 5:20 am

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard,26 murders is a fairly good figure,so no big deal…….so let’s have 26 more.Stupse
    Sound like a real ass,so no big deal,let’s move on.

  33. Daniel Zimmerli
    Daniel Zimmerli September 14, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Switzerland with a population of 8 Million had 45 Murder last year….. that looks different to Barbados….. so dont just compare yourself with the Bad Eggs…… aime for better Mr. Police Officer

    • tedd September 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      that equates to less than 2 per 300 000 persons. so if we were Swiss only 2 persons would have been killed for the year. I always thought that one bench marks from the best practice and not from the worse.

  34. Stacia Tamika Gibson-forde
    Stacia Tamika Gibson-forde September 14, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I just stop reading when I start the first 3 sentences cause I can’t believe my eyes….

  35. Rick September 14, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Maybe this type of reasoning is why the murder rate continues to rise. Hopefully it will not take it happening to one of his family members for him to reconsider his ridiculous rationalization.

  36. Christine Noel
    Christine Noel September 14, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Wonder if his family member was one of the victims if he would still have the same thoughts

  37. Candace Miller
    Candace Miller September 14, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Violence in any society is nothing to celebrate, 26 murders is 26 too much grieving families, a lawlessness society out of control, where the powers to be need to stop pussyfooting and implement harsd laws that send a STRONG MESSAGE this is about the surival of people,not individuals that always pushing and mentioning ACCENTS, it’s not important,everyone is entitled to their opinion,it become an issue when the same issue is plaguing their society but fast to criticize Barbados.

  38. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn September 14, 2017 at 6:15 am

    This is how it start out in other Caribbean islands. They were saying the same thing like you. Now they can’t get it under control.

  39. Mark Rosmar September 14, 2017 at 6:18 am

    As a law enforcement professional he has no right pontificating about sociological issues, his focus should be on achieving a 100% detection and arrest rate.

  40. Suzanne September 14, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Think before you speak. That is your professional assessment but the reality is there is something is frighteningly wrong out there with our young men especially. Twenty six senseless murders. SOMETHING IS WRONG MR. POLICEMAN. Lots of people are grieving both ways. We are not sending our young men to war but we are sending them to prison or the grave.

  41. Robin John
    Robin John September 14, 2017 at 6:20 am

    One murder is too many.

  42. Thelma Best
    Thelma Best September 14, 2017 at 6:25 am

    These people in authority have foot-in-mout disease…..every time they open their mouth, their foot goes in! My mother used to say that people will say anything (usually without thinking) because when they talk their mouth doesn’t hurt them!

  43. Viveean Foster
    Viveean Foster September 14, 2017 at 6:36 am

    26 is way too much for tiny Barbados.

  44. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray September 14, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Who at the top days the same things about every problem in Barbados. The first thing they say we in that bad look at this or that Island around us.
    I never even hear the PM day let we wet we house because others around us is burning.

  45. Greengiant September 14, 2017 at 6:51 am

    This is a criminal statistician presenting a report. We won’t see things the way he does for this purpose. I’m sure that’s not his personal opinion. As sure as the earth has four corners, like me, we all need to have a personal, private, public and professional life and opinion. We need to separate them carefully as well.

    I’m sure officer Griffith understands and practices this.

    • Watchman September 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you for appreciating the context of his words. The overwhelming emotional reaction of the many is disheartening.

    • Leroy September 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      “a fairly good figure” and “an alright figure”

      I think he should have stopped short of describing the figure as fairly good or alright.

      State the figure and go on to speak of ways of reducing it by crime prevention, detection and conviction rates.

      He could have easily stated the figure then go on to say, opined that each loss is a tragedy and say what the force is doing to reduce this number. Clearly he needed help in writing this speech.

  46. Angela Skeete
    Angela Skeete September 14, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Man wth I does reading at times

  47. Suzette Clarke
    Suzette Clarke September 14, 2017 at 7:28 am

    1 murder is 1 too many.

  48. Edwin Leo
    Edwin Leo September 14, 2017 at 7:33 am

    This is the problem. This complacency is what needs to change. Comparing us to other places is not the point but to be honest I am not suprised.

  49. Sheryl Smith
    Sheryl Smith September 14, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Ain’t nothing good about one and 26 is definitely a No-No.

  50. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow September 14, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Not understanding how statistics work with populations .People on this thread ..barbados had 98% lit·er·a·cy rate happened?data analytics is used every progressive society..Barbados you murder rate is link to drugs and gangs =high murder rate

  51. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan September 14, 2017 at 7:53 am

    “So, 26 is a fairly good figure. With all due respect to the people who died and their families, 26 is an alright figure,”
    It is a pity that you Mr. Griffith didn’t read that statement out loud in front of the mirror before leaving home to understand how stupid and insensitive it sounds
    Goat open mout’ and jackassery fly out

  52. Tammy Taitt
    Tammy Taitt September 14, 2017 at 8:14 am

    See this is what’s wrong with people. Always comparing us to other countries. That’s not the case!!! That ain’t got nuttin to do with us. Stop comparing and just do something about it. Don’t wait til we go pass the other countries figure to then say “oh, oh, we gotta do something now. We figures too high” That’s like you saying “Man that cut on my foot small, that ain’t nuttin, I gine wait it out.” Next day now you wake up and foot pussing and as you get up to move, bloodclot gone to ya heart and kill ya. Stop worrying bout other places and worry about your people man. “26 is a fairly good figure. With all due respect to the people who died and their families, 26 is an alright figure,” he told” <<<<———SMFH!!!!

  53. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 14, 2017 at 8:15 am


  54. Keera Harding
    Keera Harding September 14, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Wa gud bout murder

  55. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose September 14, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Are you serious , as a newspaper you all have ceeded your moral obligation and responsibility to advocate for and bee the moral compass I:e the leading nation source for safe streets in BARBADOS.

    Do you think the victims families feel that this number is pretty good, HELL NO they don’t.
    Were is the OP ED about a POLICE gang and drug task force to be deployed! whose sole responsibility is to identify, find arrest and prosecute gang members and those who dally in illegal gun and drug sales the main drivers of these recent murders.
    It obvious to me that you are a supporter of the twinkle policies of this current Regime. And that is an odious stance. The unmitigated gall you now show by some how bragging like 26 lives lost is something to be proud of is tone deaf and a lapse in proper judgement.

    When a society accepts kaos , bends its moral curve it becomes immune to the violence pandemic and sets the stage for violent deaths normalcy, Not on my watch will this be accepted.
    You dishonor the memory of those who have died violently and our foremothers and fathers who toiled during slavery and the fight to end colonialism.
    You now saddle us with your approval of the gun and dangerious violence,gang , drug and murder conundrum we are mired in! That is unacceptable.

    At this moment I am not PROUD TO BE OF BAJAN HERITAGE I AM DEEPLY ASHAMED, that a public newspaper has stooped so low as to call 26 murders good and to comparatively pool us with the murder rates of other islands.
    Well sir those islands are not BAARBADOS and never will be! We pride ourselves on being the leaders of our region morally and socially bigly.
    From this day forth you should never be able to have a good night sleep I hope the the ghost of all those murder victims haunt you until you your self life expires as a pay back for your seditious troglodyte view point.
    A mad as hell Bajan.

  56. charjoy September 14, 2017 at 8:23 am

    The man clearly injected his opinion in the presentation. He should resign. Barbados has too much of an appetite for mediocrity and grandstanding…..rubbish all de time

  57. Jennifer Cole Raesch
    Jennifer Cole Raesch September 14, 2017 at 8:26 am

    We should aim for no murders then we could boast! One murder is one too many!

  58. Pat Codrington
    Pat Codrington September 14, 2017 at 8:45 am

    2 murders is 2 many,let alone 26.

  59. Martine Boyer
    Martine Boyer September 14, 2017 at 8:46 am

    For those who like to compare with other countries, here is a list of countries with the murder rate per 100,000 inhabitants:

  60. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman September 14, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Wtf this is Soo insensitive to those ppl who lost their loved ones. He could’ve not said anything.

  61. ks September 14, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Please tell me he was misquoted??? I can’t believe he said what is reported. Why compare yourself to others with worst records ….. why not aim for ZERO?? I thought only our politicians, and a few others constantly mouthing-off, uttered such nonsense but this Crime Prevention Officer is nuts! You sure he ain’t in the Cabinet?

  62. Advent Divers
    Advent Divers September 14, 2017 at 9:20 am

    There is something that Law makers,Barbadians in general need to understand when it cone to this murder statistics, and comparison ours with larger countries,,,,, 2 out of ten ,is greater than 10 of one hundred,,,,lets stop playing Ostrich,,,The rate is comparable if not worse than some

  63. Kim Young
    Kim Young September 14, 2017 at 9:49 am

    What kind of idiocy is this??????????

  64. Alex Alleyne September 14, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Is this Guy a Member of the RBPF or is he a Politician ?????? . Only Politicians do this “foot in mouth thing”.

  65. Tony Webster September 14, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I understand this rep. of the R.B.P.F. clearly…I think. Compared to Kabul, and Manilla, and most cities in Mexivo and Central America, yes……..we are doing really well. Yes, I omitted Kingston, and P.O.S, intentionally, as these should be foremost in our minds….a given…if you will…the elephant standing there…right next to us…and crapping all over our living-room floor!
    Station Sargeant Griffith, I would believe you have been mis-quoted. Perhaps, you were speaking in your private capacity?

    At the very least, you might receive a call today from the Ag. C.O.P. , or someone more formally charged with Public Relations with our citizenry. Like our Prime Minister, who has elevated himself to such depths of silence, and irrelevance, that he might soon hit oil!

  66. Ossie Moore September 14, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Here goes another one of the stupid and ignorant bajans that always uses the COMPARISON FACTOR and goes into DENIAL very quickly as a way in which to get out of trying to slove the Island’s problems.

    This illiterate policeman says that : “I know that you have people getting shot every weekend and things like that but they’re only down to 26. There are several countries within our own Caribbean environment that have tripled or quadrupled that figure. So, 26 is a fairly good figure ”

    And he is a Station Sergeant ? ? ? ? If that’s the best man that buhbaydus has got to be a Station Sergeant then what does that say about the rank and file police officers ?

    In any other Country ( that is not a banana republic or a 3rd. world country . . . . . not the words of Ossie Moore but the words of foreigners and tourists ) this idiot cop would have been blasted by the news media and he would have been fired immediately.

    The problem with Barbados is that they are too many ass h***s in positions that hey have no right “being in “.

    Now when you have a d**k head like this idiot you wonder how he achieved the title such as come Crime Prevention Officer, Station Sergeant Stephen Griffith.

    Like the saying goes it’s not what you know but it’s who you “blow ” and he certainly did blow someone to get his title because he certainly does not seem to know much about professional law enforcement. That’s the most idiotic statement that I have ever heard from a law enforcement officer in any part of the world

    Barbados always find a way to have the No.1’s at what they do . . . .. . it has the No.1 entertainer in the world and now it has come up with the No.1 ass h**e Policeman in the world.

    • Jennifer September 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Hahahaha Ossie. U like Cayenne. Them cutting off the tree top and the roots still left. This is a clear example of education gone bad.

  67. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete September 14, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Eddy Murray lies smoke and mirrors as none of them in so called in charge know anything! Biggest b s era on the planet

  68. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb September 14, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Why are we still in denial a loss of any amount of life is never good?

  69. Denzil P Walker
    Denzil P Walker September 14, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I have a feeling that after Mr. Griffith reads his comments he’ll realize how asinine his stance is. One murder is too much Dude.

  70. Kerryann Alicia Greaves
    Kerryann Alicia Greaves September 14, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Where the stupse emoji is man….wait nevermind STUPSSSEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

  71. Doriel Skinner
    Doriel Skinner September 14, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Very true Scott

  72. Doriel Skinner
    Doriel Skinner September 14, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Are you serious? None is better sir.

  73. Virginia Cuke
    Virginia Cuke September 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

    When we think any number of murders is a “Good number” shows we have totally lost touch of what is Gods plan for us as a nation. Murder is never good .

  74. Saundra September 14, 2017 at 11:42 am

    …just can’t read this entire article

  75. Suezette Boyce-Griffith
    Suezette Boyce-Griffith September 14, 2017 at 11:56 am

    AG please control your RBPF they come to your house before you get up to pee and tell ya to open d r hole door before the brek it off we are not going to solve crime that way it deters the piblic from comunicating with dem they need more training in comunicating with human and they will reap success

  76. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell September 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    And uh tell wunna already. .once we are below in numbers than our neighbors when it comes to anything negative, they think it’s something to rejoice about

  77. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray September 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I hope he know that we have one of is big fish that get pull in, so hope to see or hear some statement soon.

  78. Mark Marlon Phil
    Mark Marlon Phil September 14, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Stupid stupid words makes me wonder

  79. john jochum September 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Saffiya ! You are correct ! It is customary for Bajans to blame ‘all dem people from de udda islands (like Trinidad and Jamaica … and Guyana … even though it is not an island) comin’ in hey an’ mashing up de place !Bajans doan do nuttin’ so !” Where they are grudgingly prepared to accept some responsibility and the reality, they resort to silly and horrendously stupid comparisons , often made by persons supposedly with some measure of authority! Why not compare the local murder rate with countries like the UK or Singapore ? Is it because it immediately exposes the fallacy of their argument or ignorance of their position ?

  80. Rasta wain September 14, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    They do need a public relations officer to deal with the statements being made, In this case you are creating controversy by claiming not compare, and yet comparing

  81. Othneal September 14, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    This “Officer has just made the R. B.P.F a laughing stock. If his statement is an indication of his I.Q, then he has just talk himself out of his job. If he is typical of the caliber of the law enforcement officers that Barbadians rely on for protection, then God help us all.

    • Richard. D September 17, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Too many 26……..does any one see and hear the troubles…….it’s not good……..I been going for 15 years ,,3 months at a time….,,this year I am looking elsewhere………it’s time to ?…….even…..people on the beach try to sale me guns…for the money it cost to stay in barbados…._and 26 is too many.killing…….it time for me to go elsewhere……barbados…l will remember the good times…….but it’s time to move on….have a safe day..barbados,,,,

  82. Sam Alleyne
    Sam Alleyne September 14, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    What a buffoon, when we have a so-called chief crime prevention officer making statements like that, you know we’re in trouble. The number should be ZERO, NONE, NO Murders period. That’s what we should be aiming for, not looking at people who have more and saying we don’t have as much as this or that country. How about we give the other countries something to aspire to. Reaching for mediocre REALLY? He is in the wrong line of work.

  83. Eddie Haynes September 14, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I really could not believe what I read! Many years ago it was”we have no gangs in Barbados” Now in 2017 the assinine comment about ” 26″ murders”? The changes that have come about in my former Island over the years have not been always for the good.
    I remember living in areas where the was no need to lock your doors…’imprision ‘ yourself with wrought iron grills…withdraw money from an ATM and fear someone idiot or idiots would not only rob you but kill you ! I hope that feeling and caring we had for our fellow persons will return to that of the ‘ good old days’
    Eddie Haynes
    Tucson Az

  84. Alex Alleyne September 14, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Anyone above you should ask for your resignation , forthwith.

  85. Haskell Murray September 14, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Is this officer for real , I bet if one or two were his relatives then he would be singing a different tune.

  86. Jennifer September 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    @Tony Webster – This guy is not speaking in a private circle by any long shot, as that conversation would have been honest.
    I think this cop is speaking to john public alright. He and his organization is actually trying to be quite cleaver, devisive and decisive. By saying that the death toll is not bad blah blah blah, he is actually using buffering, compensating tactics and shirking accountability and trying to take PUBLIC pressure and accountability off his AG, police force, and Fundel on the overall the crime situation.

  87. Donild Trimp September 14, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    @ Jennifer –
    Why elevate this guy’s intelligence?

    • Jennifer September 14, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      Sorry Donild if it seems so, but his intelligence is not being elevated, he just thinks the public is stupid. Nothing but diversion from their failures as a law enforcement body.

  88. Bobotheclown September 15, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    There is no wonder we are so entrenched by crime at the moment. When you have idiots like this saying 26 is a good number shows how stupid some of those placed in authoritative are. This police spokes person has shown us how ignorant he is. There is no number of murders that is a good number and to make such a statement is very sad and irresponsible.

  89. Tony Waterman September 18, 2017 at 12:25 am

    A senior police officer is suggesting the number of murders recorded so far this year is no big deal, describing the 26 homicides as “a fairly good figure” and “an alright figure”.

    With the country recording just under three murders each month, Crime Prevention Officer with the Royal Barbados Police Force Stephen Griffith has suggested that this is nothing to cower in fear about, especially since other jurisdictions in the region, some smaller than Barbados, have murder rates that are much higher.

    On a Per Capita Basis that is a Huge Figure

    Senior Police Officer Making a Statement like this ??? you got to be kidding us, what was he Smoking ??/

    Although we know that this is probably NOT Possible 0 is the best Number, but how on EARTH can a SUPPOSEDLY, SENIOR, TRAINED, Crime Prevention Officer with the Royal Barbados Police Force, even suggested that 26 Murders and Counting is Good, because we have some smaller Neighbouring Countries that he is saying are doing worse than us (No Statistics Supplied as is Usual)
    This is a perpetuation of the same Silly attitude that got us to this Stage in the first place.why is he and some others guaging what happens in Barbados, with what is happening in orther completely different Jurisdictions ??

    I think that it is time that these types of Subjects are dealt with by an ORRICIAL RBPF Spokesperson..

    Crime Prevention Officer,Station Sergeant Stephen Griffith, you are WRONG and should APOLOGISE to the LAW ABIDING Citizens of Barbados, for being so CALLOUS about the Crime Spree that is Ruining out Beautiful Barbados, we NEED people who take what is happening Today More serious than you are.

    @Ninian Wilson!!! You are absolutely Correct, but he is Not worried about the Big Countries that have LESS Murders,than us he wants to talk about the ones smaller than us that have more Murders than us. That is supposed to make us look better.

    @Tony Webster!!!If we deal with these Murders on a “Per Capita” Basis. we will actually be MUCH Higher tha MOST of the World’s Countries. if you check the USA’s Figures they are Lower than ours “ON A PERCAPITA BASIS”


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