Anti-crime activist Julie Dash has appealed to Barbadians to be the “eyes and ears” of the police in their communities in order to help reduce crime.
Speaking this morning at the official opening of a two-day crime symposium at the Regional Police Training Centre at Seawell, Christ Church, the newly appointed chairman of Crime Stoppers for Latin America, the Caribbean and Bermuda stressed that the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) simply did not have the resources to effectively police every community.
“Today, as crime is increasing in all societies around the world, members of the community are being called upon to be the eyes and ears for law enforcement, as it is inconceivable to believe that any police force could ever have enough resources to have a presence in every community or neighbourhood,” Dash contended.
At the same time, she impressed upon the RBPF that it must work hand in hand with communities, beginning with speedy responses to crime tips.
The former chairman of Crime Stoppers Barbados provided comprehensive data to support her assertion that the organization had contributed significantly to the fight against crime here since its inception in 2009.
The statistics revealed that the local Crime Stoppers programme had resulted in 2,003 actionable tips, 90 arrests, the solving of 171 cases, the confiscation of $250,000 of property and the seizure of $2.3 million in narcotics. The data also showed that the organization received 323 tips last year, resulting in eight arrests and eight cases cleared.
“My reason for providing this level of detail is to show how Crime Stoppers has assisted the Royal Barbados Police Force, but more so, how Crime Stoppers has gotten the public to participate in the criminal justice process in helping to keep our communities safe,” Dash stressed, while calling for a “serious” marriage between Crime Stoppers and the police force. (EJ)