For the second time in just over a year, members of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) have been thrown into a state of mourning following the untimely passing of one of their own.
It was around 5:45 p.m. Sunday that the body of Acting Station Sergeant Glenville Alleyne, a member of the Force’s Marine Unit, was discovered at his home at Foul Bay, St Philip with a fatal gunshot wound, amid unconfirmed reports that he took his own life.
His death comes on the heels of that of 44-year-old Constable Philip Greaves of the Canine Unit, who was found hanging at his home at Work Hall Development, St Philip in July last year.
And just as they were with the investigation into Greaves’ passing, police have so far been tightlipped about the circumstances surrounding the death of Alleyne, who had been in the Force for over three decades, and reportedly worked with his unit up until last Friday.
However, Alleyne was today fondly remembered by the president of the Police Welfare Association Constable Marvin Grace as a “professional” officer, whose death has rocked the RBPF.
“It has hit the Force hard. I have been getting a lot of reports from the fellas [police officers] that they have taken it very hard because he was a well-known officer. Everybody knew him,” said Grace.
“He [Alleyne] was a very jovial fella, very professional fella, we had a lot of interactions, even recently at his office looking at matters that needed addressing,” he added.
He revealed that measures have been put in place to help officers who were close to Alleyne, especially those from his unit.
“From as early as tomorrow morning officers close to him . . . [will] get some counselling [because] the fellas are a bit shaken. They are trying to cope; it is a very stressful thing to try to deal with. It is just one thing that you can only do one day at a time. Each member will do it his or her way but the Force itself is putting things in place,” Grace said.
He also extended condolences to Alleyne’s family, saying “he will be sorely missed”.