After two-and-a-half years as chairman of Crime Stoppers Barbados, Julie Dash assumed a broader role today, taking up a new appointment on the board of Crime Stoppers for the Caribbean and Latin America. And in her farewell presentation yesterday, Dash said there was a dire need for Barbadians to come forward and report criminal activity.
Giving the assurance that the anonymity of persons who provide information has never been compromised in the agency’s six-and-a-half years operating here, or in its 38 years as an international organization, Dash said the rise in gun crime in particular, made the organization more vital than ever before.
“It’s more important than it’s ever been. You can see an increase in crime, in gun crime, the violence of the crime, everything is increasing. So what we want to do is encourage the public to speak about what they know. Call if they know something that is wrong,” said Dash.
Earlier this month, acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith told a news briefing at his Roebuck Street, Bridgetown Headquarters that while it was true overall crime rose by 13 per cent during the first seven months of this year, serious crime contributed very little to that figure.
However, Griffith said then there were increases in firearms cases, with 134 reported so far in 2015 compared to 128 in 2014.
Dash warned that unless Barbadians helped to root out crime by reporting it every time, “the gun that you ignore today could be the gun” used against family members later.
Dash stressed that the organization’s role was to support the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) in combatting crime, and that Crime Stoppers had been effective in helping to tackle criminal activity here.
Although she declined to provide the latest statistics, official sources said just under 100 people had so far been arrested and charged as a result of information received by the body.
Dash reminded Barbadians that they could report all types of crime including traffic violations, child abuse,
rape and murder.
She again sort to reassure the public that their anonymity would be protected, saying that all anonymous calls made to 1-800-8477 are answered in Canada.