Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite says he is concerned that young men no longer seem to be keen on finding employment in fields that require high discipline, such as law enforcement.
Delivering the feature address at the Passing out Parade for recruits in Course No.1 at the Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds this afternoon, Brathwaite questioned why there were only six males among the 21 graduates.
And with the rising incidence of violence and other deviant behaviour occurring with more frequency among young men, the Attorney General said it was worrying that males were shying away from jobs, which call for a high degree dedication and were opting to remain on the blocks.
“When I did the inspection, when I came initially, I turned to Lieutenant Colonel John Nurse and I asked him, ‘where are the young men?’ He told me that many came, but many also failed for various reasons. So we could only assume that they have returned to the blocks.
“As a country, as a Government, as a people, we have to do something more. We have to look at what is working. We have to look at what is not working and we have to address this vexing issue as to what is happening with our young men,” Brathwaite stressed.
The top Government law enforcer further lamented that the absence of males had now become a common feature of all national security services.
“It is a challenge across all of our
services. It is a challenge in not just the prison service, it is a challenge within the Barbados Defence Force (BDF), . . . within the Barbados Fire Service and it is challenge for us as a country.
“Unless we seriously address this issue and go and examine the core issues that face many of young men and move them back to centre, where they accept their responsibilities to themselves, to their families and to their country, we will continue to be bedevilled by the challenges that we are currently experiencing,” he warned.
Brathwate further noted that with young men being the most at risk for violence, institutions such as the prison have a role to play in removing the scourge.
“At this point in time we are looking at programmes in particular to address the youth that are coming to prison, the many young men in particular who are coming to us. We accept that given the level of violence and other things that we are seeing among young people in this country and in particular our young men. We need some serious interventions, even at the prison setting this is required,” he stressed.