Prominent businessman Ralph Bizzy Williams is urging the latest additions to the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) not to give in to the temptation to engage in corruption.
Williams, the guest speaker at the 139th passing out parade for police recruits from Anguilla and Barbados this evening, said Barbados remained one of the safest places to live because of the work of the RBPF.
However, he warned the recruits to be aware of enticements that could affect their integrity and credibility.
“Do not ever allow money to corrupt your way of life. It is a dead end street that you will regret forever,” he cautioned.
“As I circulate around I hear people talking about corruption in our society, about white collar crime, about the infestation of drug [related] violence, and about the running of guns and all these sorts of things. It makes me really sad to think that in a place that could be so harmonious and such a lovely place to live, Barbados and the other Caribbean countries, that we would engage in this sort of activity.”
Additionally, the business magnate advised the new officers to pursue corrupters with the same degree of eagerness and professionalism with which they go after ordinary criminals.
“Everywhere you think there is corruption you need to look for the corrupters as well, and you need to carry out your duties without fear or favour, irrespective of what it might cost you. It is worth doing for Barbados and for the Caribbean. Please do not be misled into believing that there are no corrupters around, because there can’t be corruption without corrupters,” he explained.
“I appeal to you not to pay attention to who is the cousin or the family member or how wealthy they are. You need to go after who is doing wrong regardless of where they are in society.”
A total of 35 Barbadians and 14 Anguillians completed the 15-course training programme over a six-month period at the Seawell, Christ Church-based Regional Police Training Centre.
In a speech punctuated with funny tales, the Chairman of Williams Industries added that some businesspeople and “some involved in Government [could] do with some of this training because some of them don’t behave with any sort of discipline”.
He said he was so impressed with the training that he would pledge $10,000 a year for three years in the first instance towards the training facility.