Sunday 25 October, 2020

Government orders 200 body cams for police force

Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Dale Marshall

Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Dale Marshall

Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Dale Marshall has announced that police will soon be equipped with body cameras. 

While speaking at the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) St George North branch meeting on Sunday night, Marshall revealed that Government has ordered approximately 200 body cameras for the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF). 

He expressed this move was to improve the public's confidence and trust in the police force. Making mention of public claims of police harassment, Marshall held that the body cameras would ensure that the police and the public are held accountable. 

"We have said to the police that this protects you and it protects the people that you go to deal with because when you have on your body cam, they can say ‘He come and kick down my door’ but the video will show what is the truth," the Attorney General maintained. 

Marshall stated that Government has committed to equipping the police with the resources needed to tackle crime in Barbados and make sure that "citizen safety and security will have the first call on our national resources".

"I have committed to the Barbados Police Force that by the time we leave office they will be the best-equipped force for its size anywhere in the world," he added. 

The Home Affairs Minister went on to implore the public to report their eyewitness accounts of incidents to the police. He said that the public's assistance was needed to solve cases at a faster pace. 

"We are giving the police force everything that they need to do the job but the one thing we cannot give them is information, is evidence. We can give them all the equipment that they want but . . .  the success of the police force depends on every single one of us."

"When you call the police after the crime has already taken place there isn’t much you can tell then, but you can tell them that you saw the guy walking up the road and he had a gun in his pocket. You can tell them that you saw somebody behaving suspiciously. . . In order to help the police to do the job that you want them to do you have to play a role in it," he added. 

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