Saturday 4 July, 2020

Police Certificate of Character process cut to 24 hours

Attorney General Dale Marshall

Attorney General Dale Marshall

Long lines at the office of Police Certificate of Character will soon be a thing of the past as the Government plans to completely digitize the process. 

Attorney General, Dale Marshall was speaking at the plaque unveiling ceremony for the official opening of the Worthing/Hastings Police Station when he disclosed that the application and retrieval process for the certification will be reduced from six weeks to 24 hours. 

Marshall pinpointed that the reformation of the office was overdue, as six police officers manned the Office and the process took a tedious six weeks to be completed; something that was unacceptable in today’s fast-paced and instant sharing society. 

“To wait six weeks in a modern Barbados is absurd. It has taken a lot of work to bring us to this place and I am actually hoping that we can get it down from 24 hours maybe even to 12 but the Prime Minister has signaled there are going to be certain cost factors attendant to that,” Marshall stated adding that the fee for the process has been $20 for over a decade. 

“You will be applying online, you will pay online and the certificate will be emailed back to you and it will therefore not require the involvement of those six police officers who will now be able to occupy their time doing regular police duty,” he further explained. 

Marshall highlighted that this reformation would ensure that more officers would be accessible given the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) lacked human resources. 
“We have to accept that we have manpower challenges in the Force and its more than just the natural flow of people coming in and people retiring. For some reason policing seems not to have the charm and appeal as it did years ago. 
Even though we continue to recruit, people continue to retire on a regular basis. We have to find ways to confront this challenge and one of those ways obviously in today’s world will be the introduction of technology.”

The Attorney General reported that the RBPF needed a fleet of 1528 officers, but was short by 261. He highlighted that the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Oral Williams was working on a proposal that would preserve more of the Force’s reserves. This proposal by Williams sought to remove police presence or inference in minor or “fender bender” accidents. 

“This occupies a tremendous amount of police resources when really the value-added is not in terms of law and order but more in terms of insurance companies. . . . 

We also have to recognise that we need to have more policemen doing policing in terms of dealing with our criminal copy and not just responding to things many other countries are dealt with purely in the context of civil law.” 

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