Thursday 20 June, 2019

Local officers awarded for assisting hurricane-ravaged Dominica

Inspector Christine Standford receiving her award from Police Commissioner, Tyrone Griffith.

Inspector Christine Standford receiving her award from Police Commissioner, Tyrone Griffith.

Fourteen officers who answered the call to assist Dominica following the passing of Hurricane Maria in 2017, have been hailed as “true ambassadors for Barbados”.  

The group met at Police Headquarters on Monday, where they were awarded the Regional Security Systems Meritorious Medal. 

Officers receive awards for assisting Dominica

Commissioner of Police, Tyrone Griffith said the group has received high praises from Dominican officials for their conduct and service during the four-month mission.  

He said the knowledge and skills the team gained while in Dominica will prove useful for local disaster management in the event that a major weather system affects Barbados.  

“The actual experience means a lot more to that group than the average officer. One would want to use them in the aftermath of a serious impact to lay the groundwork and work with any teams that come in from outside.” 

The Commissioner said the situation on the ground in Dominica, when a breakdown in law and order unfolded, has prompted local law enforcement to change disaster response plans. 

Griffith said looting of businesses and inmates escaping from prison due to infrastructural damage are scenarios Dominican police had to grapple with and Barbados will ensure they have teams trained to properly handle such situations.  

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