Residents in Black Rock, St Michael have noticed an increase in police presence since the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Taried Rock at Grand Kadooment on Monday.
A trio of mounted police officers wearing bullet proof vests could be seen patrolling the area when Barbados TODAY visited Fairfield around 1 p.m. today.
Over in Rosemont, a resident who requested anonymity told Barbados TODAY the police presence had increased in the community, while pointing out that on Kadooment morning members of the Royal Barbados Police Force had their command station located in the Deacons area.
However, he said the number of police officers patrolling the area had started to rise after Monday’s shooting.
“I don’t have to tell you about the vehicles coming through here, you can see for yourself . . . . They come through here every ten to 15 minutes. [Sometimes,] they run through with guns [at] all hours of the day and night . . . . I have been told that drones are flying around the area as well,” he said.
In addition, the resident said despite the fact that Monday’s shooting took place on Spring Garden Highway, lawmen continued to make their presence felt in Deacons.
It was apparent around 4:50 this afternoon when Barbados TODAY spotted a Task Force vehicle entering Deacons and proceeding to a nearby location where approximately ten men and women had gathered.
Along the stretch of Deacons only a few children could be seen playing on a nearby court, as some residents continued to insist
that their community was safe.
“I feel safer with the increased [police] presence,” one elderly resident said.
Attorney General Adriel Braithwaite on Wednesday said there were 16 gangs of troublesome youth in the Black Rock, St Michael environs, and that he would introduce legislation to give members of the Royal Barbados Police Force additional powers to arrest the worrying wave of gun violence.