With concern across Barbados about an apparent upsurge in gun violence, the top brass of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) is reporting that it has started to roll out a set of strategies that it expects to bear fruit.
“We are sure that they will work,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Erwin Boyce told Barbados TODAY, although declining to give details.
He said the RBPF was intent on ridding the streets of illegal guns, but said that would not be the only focus of the strategy being executed.
“It is a series of strategies designed to ensure the safety and security of Barbadians. They go beyond just being very narrow or myopic; they are very broad-ranged. That’s all I can say.”
Boyce also stressed the importance of Barbadians playing a role in helping police, as he responded to a question about whether the Force needed laws amended to give officers more teeth in fighting crime.
“To me, it is not just the law. It is the fact that we need people to use mediums like Crimestoppers to keep the information flowing, so that we would know where they [guns] are and how they are being used. That is critical. ‘Cause all the law [you’ve] got and you don’t get information and you don’t get people cooperating with you, [you’re] still hitting your head against the wall, so to speak,” pointed out the senior law enforcer.
Police are currently investigating two shooting incidents that occurred this week, including one in which the bullet-riddled body of 19-year-old Sayers Court, Christ Church resident Ajay Ricardo Smith was found next to the St Christopher Primary School in Christ Church on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, 60-year-old Theophilus Dacosta Pile was hospitalized with gunshot wounds after two men shot him multiple times as he got out of his vehicle near his Madison Terrace, Deacons Farm, St Michael home.