Bajan cops could soon be using pepper spray

The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) could have pepper spray as part of its non-lethal weapons arsenal by the end of this year, depending on the outcome of joint study with the Caribbean Law Enforcement Foundation (CLEF).

CLEF President David Watson told reporters on the sidelines of the foundation’s launch today at the Regional Security System’s Paragon headquarters that 50 cans of pepper spray had been sent to the RBPF at the start of the year to test its feasibility.

“We want to see the viability of using pepper spray here and once we get the viability of it here, that will act as a template for the other islands. This is just the starting point with the pepper spray. It has been disseminated and [the RBPF] is going to give me a report at the end of the year about how it worked out and where we move from there,” Watson revealed.

It was not immediately clear if local police have used the disabling aerosol spray on anyone here.

In any event, its cost, along with the cost of tasers, could act as a deterrent.

“The use of pepper sprays and tasers boils down to budgets . . . . A can of pepper spray and the holder may run about US$20. That is a lot of money per person, while a taser could run $500 and up . . . but . . . non-lethal equipment is needed because right now other than a baton or a side firearm, there is no other in between there. The pepper spray can solve a lot of issues in terms of settling the situation because usually in most situations the hands will hurt you.

“A person who gets pepper sprayed will put their hands on their face. So pepper spray does solve a lot of issues, but it is does not have an economically viable price tag that most governments can afford. It is not that it is not something that governments want, it is just that they can’t afford it. I think it is a great non-lethal tool,” said Watson, a Barbadian who spent 22 years as a detective with the New York police department.

In recent times, there have been suggestions by the public that tactics used by lawmen could be considered heavy handed, particularly in the apprehension of suspects.

The CLEF president said this was an area with which the foundation was willing to assist.

“We will help guide governments along use of force policies level, but the use of pepper spray . . . has to be worked in there eventually if they are going to use it in the Caribbean. It is a great tool, it is a tool that is needed and it can solve a number of issues when it comes to violent or combative people,” Watson said.

The main aim of the CLEF is to enhance Caribbean law enforcement and first responder agencies by providing funding and equipment for training and technological infrastructure. 

62 Responses to Bajan cops could soon be using pepper spray

  1. Christopher Smith
    Christopher Smith September 25, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Better than pistols

  2. Johnathan September 25, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Strange how this man who ever he is can come and determine for our government and our people that he will give the police pepper spray to test on our people. We are the Guinea pigs and disrespectfully so. There is truly a saying where there is no vision the people perish.
    This is really a dumb as Goverment that not even the Attorney General nor the Prime Minister will speak to this issue to its people and if needed speak to legislation to change the safety measures being introduced into the police force and the attempts to save innocent lives.
    Some man from God knows where come here and decides he introducing pepper spray in Barbados. This weak ignorant lazy government so everybody come here just like the Trinidadians in the Banks and other financial institutions and treat our people like shit.

  3. Steve Iso
    Steve Iso'lene Yarde September 25, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    what about the civilians , especially our females . They should be the ones who should have pepper spray like in the big countries .

  4. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow September 25, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Tasers are next .let’s hope there will be accountability on all fronts…just bear in mind pepper spray on the wrong hands of *(rapist and robbers )might find itself in the criminals element

    • Steve Iso
      Steve Iso'lene Yarde September 26, 2017 at 12:19 am

      the police already carry tasers . Ask yourself this question . Would i rather my girlfriend, sister , aunty , wife have a fighting chance by using peeper spray or be at the mercy of a rapist because she didn’t have ?My brother i would prefer to have me a gun while a criminal with a gun tries to rob me . Lets see who is gonna walk away to tell the story . If i got a gun maybe it will be me . If i dont and he does for sure he is the one that will be walking away ….Think on that

    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow September 26, 2017 at 7:08 am

      Steve Iso’lene Yarde yup! I’m up North lots of guns.. robbery and rape still occur…if the assailant got the drop on you your weapon is useless…the question however is!what will be the purpose of pepper spray if the policemen already carry debilitating tasers?

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 26, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Michael Crichlow by the time anyone pulls the spray out its too late a lot of the time! Well lots of eyes will be in a mess reactions allergic reactions heart attacks breathing like what hell they going to do with pepper spray anyway?? Usually women carry it but police now?? Here?? Not good

  5. Heather Marshall
    Heather Marshall September 25, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Oh!fuh real,huh

  6. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry September 26, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Women need it too
    To defend against pervs!

  7. BaJan boy September 26, 2017 at 12:31 am

    We really lack leadership in this country when this unknown could come here and declares the use of pepper spray on our people and not a word from the Attorney General,nor the Prime Minister not even our COP. Where is the legislation authorizing the use of this deadly spray.

  8. Mea Blackman
    Mea Blackman September 26, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Why don’t we just move America to Barbados?

  9. Charles Zavier Fields
    Charles Zavier Fields September 26, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Peppah!!!! Dah meking souse and men got automatic weapons. Lol lol lol well well.

    • Ryan Videodv
      Ryan Videodv September 26, 2017 at 6:40 am

      You do not want to breathe the spray they going to have or let it get on your skin you can see and fighting to breathe no automatic going help ya.I know a guy took down a S.W.A.T team unit with pepper spray escaping them.

  10. Twedy Byrd
    Twedy Byrd September 26, 2017 at 12:54 am

    das wanna business to get wanna own ha ha h

  11. Lennox Phillips
    Lennox Phillips September 26, 2017 at 1:13 am

    And guns

  12. Lennox Phillips
    Lennox Phillips September 26, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Better squad cars

  13. Sandy Alleyne
    Sandy Alleyne September 26, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Wait a minute man them was using pepper spray loooong it’s we females that need it from the Criminal minded males out there

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte September 26, 2017 at 6:24 am

      Some females are criminals too….. the onesided cry wont fly.

    • Ronelle King
      Ronelle King September 26, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Wayne P Hoyte men target women more than women target men criminally/violently.

      I.e – violence against women is a term

    • Isha TeamScorpio Walker
      Isha TeamScorpio Walker September 26, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Let them know Ronelle King smdh

  14. Bernard Pinder
    Bernard Pinder September 26, 2017 at 3:13 am

    We want to know who carry way the money out the evidence room stop trying to lead bajans away from the truth

  15. Sheryl Smith
    Sheryl Smith September 26, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Glock vs Pepper Spray…Is it now Police here to ‘Protex & Shift’? (The ‘f’ is silent).

    • Ryan Videodv
      Ryan Videodv September 26, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Do not be fool by ninja man pepper spray assailants he had a slim pocket carry one you would had to get about 1-2feet then you have jet ones they goes 10-15yrd that highly concentrated get on skin or breathing it can shut ya lungs down I got one that the police would have but they might carry the ones like small fire extinguishers they shoot out 25-30yrd

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 26, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Ryan Videodv very dangerous especially in the wrong hands or in a panic situation scary

    • Sheryl Smith
      Sheryl Smith September 26, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Thanks for the info Ryan Videodv…but I depend on the RBPF to protect me because I can’t do it for myself. I didn’t want them to have a fork when the main course is soup.

    • Ryan Videodv
      Ryan Videodv September 26, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Gillian Skeete
      True given to the wrong fool he knock him self out too.

    • Ryan Videodv
      Ryan Videodv September 26, 2017 at 10:34 am

      I think some time ago they was a video of the police going to a neighbor hood looking for a wanted man and the people came out doing Dixie and to the police that threatening it is not that hard in a crowd of people confusion and one of them get bold and attempt to snatch them machine guns them have or they must shoot some people which they do not want so at lease the spray is a chance to save them lives.

  16. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus September 26, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Dem did useing pepper spray fa years now…..ya mean them ready ta mek it official now

  17. Dwayne Griffith
    Dwayne Griffith September 26, 2017 at 5:46 am

    We the ppl in barbados dnt riot nor giv trouble easiest wrking policemen is barbados so dem dnt need no pepper spray

  18. Chris Barnett
    Chris Barnett September 26, 2017 at 5:53 am


  19. Alicia Holder
    Alicia Holder September 26, 2017 at 6:19 am
  20. Thomas Love
    Thomas Love September 26, 2017 at 6:37 am


  21. Huasani Manard
    Huasani Manard September 26, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Only ppl that gin affect is we rastas that bout hay smoking we herb.

  22. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv September 26, 2017 at 6:58 am

    The spray going be use for when police come to housing schemes areas to pick up a criminal or wanted person and the whole neighbor hood comes out to obstruct the police like surrounding them or vehicle this going be the the extraction tool or knock the rowdy crowd tool or control

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 26, 2017 at 8:46 am

      How big you think pepper spray containers are??? Control a crowd that is obstructing??? Here? You serious?

    • Ryan Videodv
      Ryan Videodv September 26, 2017 at 9:35 am

      They use it a lot in many police crowd control in other countries.

  23. Ricardo Jessamy
    Ricardo Jessamy September 26, 2017 at 7:05 am

    More torture. …

  24. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 26, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Have no problem with police using pepper spray or tasers but is there going to be accountability and transparency about how and when these two are use and when they are abuse.Right now there is no accountability or transparency about anything in Barbados so that is the scary thing about these tasers and pepper spray being use on members of public.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 26, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Well criminals get ammunition and guns what is to stop them from aquiring pepper spray too? Robbing using the spray like not good on any level

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 26, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Gillian Skeete Not saying criminals can’t get tasers nor pepper spray heck they getting guns just talking about accountability and transparency when police officers use them.We all know they will get abuse on civilians at some point in time so what is going to be the checks and balances remember like I said there is no accountability nor transparency when it comes to poor bottom of economic rug Bajans who are the people that pepper gine be use on if it’s approved for use.Just keeping it real not gine pretend everything is all peaches and creamy in Barbados because it’s not.

  25. Rosebud Taitt
    Rosebud Taitt September 26, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Well iam gonna have to get pepper spray too

  26. Carl Andrew Williams
    Carl Andrew Williams September 26, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Maybe the police force should use the pepper spray on the corrupt cops let the see what it feels like.

  27. Dan Louis
    Dan Louis September 26, 2017 at 9:32 am

    they should be using more then peper spray. the criminal has the latest guns to shut and kill law abiding citizen and Police yet some people expect the Police to go after those thugs with a barton. give me a break here.

  28. Monique Kashia
    Monique Kashia September 26, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Dwllll…smh the double standards bet them fine still says it’s illegal for civilians to be using it

  29. Unique- Eva
    Unique- Eva September 26, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Man wdrh

  30. Cathy Jessamy-Babb
    Cathy Jessamy-Babb September 26, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Pepper spray is a detrement to one’s health. It cuts off one’s breathing and those officers may not be qualified to help such and individual when they go into cardiac arrest. In Bajan dialect, “E gawn, E gwan! Ef E din duh um, E wun b ded”. I believe the USA is discontinuing this practise because of the many deaths. Read more about it.

  31. Hobbs Pauline
    Hobbs Pauline September 26, 2017 at 10:35 am

    We will soon have a war.lord have mercy on us

  32. Dennice Bend
    Dennice Bend September 26, 2017 at 10:42 am

    The fight against gun violence continues…..i can see it now..”put down the automatic weapon or I’ll be forced to pepper spray you!!” Smh

  33. Sheron Inniss September 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Back in time…..working 3:30pm – 11:30pm shift I walked with pepper spray. It was illegal but nobody wasn’t scraping me without my permission. As soon as I was about to disembark the midnight bus my key ring came out and I turned the tab. When I stepped in my parents house I closed it.

    Who suggested I purchase one? A Bajan army man who was purchasing for a female relative. I was taken aback; stating it was illegal. Back them one small one cost $5 US in Florida.

    His response was more fool you.

    That being said, I am not sure guns and pepper spray can compare.

    Where is the foreign currency coming from? I suggest the law learn to make their own right here in Bim.

  34. Ossie Moore September 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Dem got some hotta den uddus! Yuh eye dus swell fuh three days straight! Nuff victimization gine guh down cause ifin a fella look at yuh too hard at de hideaway or de up and coming political party meeting um is a wetting. here wah I tell yuh bosie!

  35. BoBoTheClown September 26, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    I wonder which is more painful .To be pepper sprayed or to be sprayed by bullets?At least if one is pepper sprayed he is blinded temporary, where as if he is sprayed by bullets he is likely to be dead permanently. ……I say spray them wid the Pepper first and while da rubbing da eyes finish dem off wid the other weapons if you have to. If you commit a criminal offense ,you deserve to be treated like a criminal ………Merciless?

  36. Kuturie Rouse September 28, 2017 at 8:27 am

    The Caribbean Law Enforcement Foundation was formed to enhance Caribbean law enforcement and first responder agencies, by providing funding and equipment for training and technological infrastructure. The foundation will provide funds to bring Caribbean law enforcement and first responder personnel to the United States for advanced training. Send trainers and equipment to the Caribbean to conduct general and advanced training. Also provide funding and equipment to enhance the technological abilities of Caribbean law enforcement and first responder agencies.
    The beneficiaries of the Caribbean Law Enforcement Foundation are the member nations affiliated with the Caribbean Regional Security System (RSS).

  37. kk September 29, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    oh lord, look how i as a female going to get ma backside pepper spray cause a officer ask me for my number and i tell he “go to hell”. Almost lick down one d other day come asking me my personal business, look how i woulda mek front page news now wunna telling me i have to be careful when i answering back????

  38. Mikedan1 September 30, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I am surprise that in the year 2017 that a Police department does allow its officers to carry pepper spray. I work in a correctional facility and we carry two cans of mace. And when we are on outside of our facility we carry mace, firearm and a stun cuff.


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