For the first time in the history of Barbados and perhaps the Caribbean, a senior retired police officer has put pen to paper, or perhaps in this modern era, fingers to keyboard, to produce a scholarly dissertation on basically every aspect of policing Barbados.
Former deputy commissioner of police of the Royal Barbados Police Force, Bertie Hinds, has completed Policing A Dynamic Barbados, which will be launched at his Coleridge & Parry alma mater in September and will be available at bookstore outlets locally, regionally and internationally and via Amazon.
Hinds, who holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours in History and Law as well as a Masters in Criminology, told Barbados Today the book was pioneering with respect to documenting policing in the island and he had penned it not merely for it to be a first but as part of a policing legacy. Trained at the prestigious Bramshill Police College in England and with a history of outstanding service in the Royal Barbados Police Force, Hinds said the book was also in recognition of the work of generations of policemen and women who had preceded him.
“I have also written it for police officers, serving and future, to be informed of the past, the present and what the future may look like in policing. I have written it also for people who are criminal justice practitioners . . . who are inclined to study and have an interest in criminal justice, like lawyers, people who study sociology, social work, political science,” Hinds said.
The retired top cop noted that the book would also appeal to the layman as he wanted to inform the general public about all aspects of policing. He explained that the book was one of a series of three that he proposed to engage in and he had indeed started to pen the second one already.
There was recent controversy over the appointment of a second Deputy Commissioner of Police after it was pointed out that there had been legal and procedural flaws in the manner in which Government had gone about the process. But the idea of a second deputy commissioner is nothing new as Hinds himself had recommended it, though his rationale behind such an appointment was within a different context. He said such an appointment should not merely be structural but should be made as a wider transformational effort in modernizing the Royal Barbados Police Force.
“The book addresses a second deputy police commissioner more from a transformational perspective than just a structural change. I have given copious reasons for the appointment of a second deputy commissioner. I am arguing that the force needs a new transformational exercise now,” he said.
The book traces the development of the police force and policing in Barbados between 1940 and 2015. Hinds noted that the central theme of the analysis and discussion in his book was developing and maintaining a relevant people’s police service. He said the text looked at the illicit drugs and crime dynamic, the management of white collar crime, cyber-crime, transnational organized crime and terrorism, the use of intelligence-led strategy and technology in the management of serious crime and how juvenile crime and domestic violence were managed, among numerous other areas.
Not only does Hinds examine the challenges that faced the Royal Barbados Police Force, its leadership, and the responses to those challenges over that 75-year period, he also looks at future challenges and offers solutions aimed at transforming policing and the organization in a modern era. [email protected]
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