Cops ordered to clean up Oistins station

Health officials have ordered the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) to clean up the Oistins Police Station as a matter of urgency.

In a letter dated October 4th 2017, signed by an environmental health officer from the Randall Phillips Polyclinic and addressed to Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, lawmen were given 14 days to have the facility cleaned following the discovery of a mould species, which the authorities said could adversely affect persons’ health and general respiratory functions.

This follows an inspection that was carried out by officers from the Randall Phillips Polyclinic at the police station which falls within its target area on September 1.

“During this inspection sample swabs were obtained from the air conditioning units and submitted to the Public Health Laboratory for analysis.

“Results of these samples indicated the presence of Coliforms as well as Aspergillus Niger,” Environmental Health Officer Sean Brathwaite said in his correspondence to the Commissioner of Police.

While not saying what action would be taken if the instructions were not carried out, the letter outlined the “nuisances” associated with the facility that needed to be addressed.

“You are hereby instructed to clean and service [air condition] units, clean all offices and rooms at the Oistins Police Station, maintain AC units and empty, clean and sanitize water source tanks,” the letter instructed, adding that the conditions at the police station were found to contravene the Health Services Act and Health Services Regulations.

When contacted, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce told Barbados TODAY the health and welfare of officers was paramount and the matter was being addressed as a matter of urgency.

“The situation has our attention and we have put measures in place to work out a solution at the earliest. We are pursuing it in accordance with what is to be maintained at the station level. We are working on the issue as quickly as possible and definitely within the 14 days given,” Boyce said.

14 Responses to Cops ordered to clean up Oistins station

  1. Kathy Lee
    Kathy Lee October 9, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Lian Richards

  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall October 10, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Too much sick buildings

  3. Anthony Benjamin
    Anthony Benjamin October 10, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Shame on you cops shame

    • Mildred Livingstone
      Mildred Livingstone October 10, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Cops dont clean so the onus is not on them to clean up. The reporter is just poor.

    • Charming Forde
      Charming Forde October 10, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      why shame on the cops? Did they make the mold grow on or in the building? Do you even know what the hell you are talking about? Do they have time to clean with all the blasted crime that happening bout here? Steupseeeeees long and hard as rhole.

  4. Marvin Harding
    Marvin Harding October 10, 2017 at 5:40 am


  5. Reds Lucombe
    Reds Lucombe October 10, 2017 at 7:09 am

    wait wait d cops put d mold there ?

  6. The Negrocrat October 10, 2017 at 7:34 am

    A dutty lot

  7. Andrea Carter
    Andrea Carter October 10, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Is that not the government’s responsibility? Just asking?

  8. harry turnover October 10, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Not the COPS….The Government. Send some Prisoners there to do the cleaning …some a dem would be glad to do a little work.

  9. Helicopter(8P) October 10, 2017 at 9:55 am

    O S H A standards for H.V.A.C should be put in place on all Government facilities.(H.V.A.C— Heating Ventilation and Air-conditioning.)

  10. Alvin Morris October 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    The police are not responsible for cleaning the stations, there is a civilian cleaning team that cleans the stations daily, maybe they are not trained to check in ventilation areas for any hazards and this is why trained people from the Ministry of Health should come in periodically to check for these hazards. The cleaning staff at police stations does a great job to keep the stations clean.

  11. Milli Watt October 10, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    where is the police association…….stupse. The law is clear if the building is not cleaned the authorities are given powers under the Act to close it. SHAMEFUL but want to criticise officers when they fall ill.

  12. hcalndre October 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    The cops are not responsible for the cleaning, they are janitors and workers in Barbados don`t do their jobs and they would let you know that X or Y minister gave them the job. The baths on the beaches have so much mildew and mold. The Oistins Court for 2 straight years there was a bucket on the floor catching water from ceiling a few years ago. In these government run places mold and mildew is common.


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