Law enforcement officers on the beat here are to be given dashcams as part of an overall re-equipping of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) to help it function more effectively, Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson has said.
“We are committed as a Government to equipping the Force with modern technology such as smart phones, tablets, computers and dashcams, [and] to expanding the use of CCTV cameras in high traffic areas to improve your ability to detect crime and enforce law and order,” Hinkson said during a meeting at police headquarters yesterday with Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, Deputy Commissioner Erwin Boyce, and other senior members of the RBPF.
However, he gave no indication as to when this would happen, stating the necessary funds would have to be sourced to give lawmen the resources required to carry out their jobs.
The minister also pledged Government’s commitment to improving the working conditions at police stations, and gave the assurance that the new station at Hastings, Christ Church, would open by year-end.
Hinkson said Government would work more closely with the Force to maintain law and order in communities, particularly in the criminal hot spots.
He added that policies, policing programmes and strategies were being developed to ensure the continued safety of residents and visitors to the country.
He also took the opportunity to applaud the RBPF and the Barbados Defence Force for “a job extremely well done” during the recent Crop Over festival
“I want to commend the armed forces and protective services for a job extremely well done; the police and defence force coming together to ensure that the public was kept as safe as could possibly be,” he said, noting that a generally incident and violence free season was testimony of this fact.