Tuesday 21 January, 2020

Police Commissioner concerned St. Philip becoming a trouble parish

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

The eastern parish of St. Philip is coming under increased scrutiny from the Royal Barbados Police Force after what they see as a worrying trend as far as criminal activity is concerned.

“It is becoming a problem parish and we have put similar measures in place [similar to hotspots in St Michael] to address the issue.  Why is it becoming so?  Clearly there are individuals within the parish that have disputes to settle and they are choosing the gun to be the way to address those things.

“ . . . this is not strictly a law enforcement issues.  The problem is far more deep-seeded.  There are a lot of social entities that need to put their heads together and come up with a [plan] to address some of the issue revolving around the youth . . . poverty, the manner in which they settle disputes.  There must be within the schools, church . . . efforts at solving problem without resorting to violence,” Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith told reporters recently, in light of recent shooting deaths there.

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As of Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, Barbados recorded 30 murders, 19 of which were caused by a firearm and four occurred in St Philip. However, he has been quick to point out that there has been a considerable decline in gun crime in Barbados this year.

“If you look at robberies for this year, robberies are down by some 41 per cent from 123 cases to 72.  Normally, many of our robberies have been committed by the use of firearms and we clearly see a downward trend in that regard.  So the shootings and the gun crime [that have been taking place] are more focused are targeted individuals ...

“Obviously [with 30 murders so far this year] on that trajectory, it would seem that we would go past 60 for the year.  [However] we would think that will be abated with our efforts, also with more support from the public I am sure that it will go a long way to reducing that number,” Commissioner Griffith added.

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