BDF called out to help fight crime
With the upsurge in gun crime and violence and the increase of illegal firearms in Barbados, the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) has been called out to assist the Royal Barbados Police Force in ensuring public safety.
The country’s Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite issued the call over the weekend, as he addressed the BDF's 38th Anniversary Paradede and Sunset Ceremony, held at The St. Ann’s Fort Garrison.
He says the increase in gun violence if left unchecked will result in further deterioration in the national security and public safety. “You the men and women of the Force must stand ready to answer such a call, to quell this scourge, this menace to our society. You must stand together and be counted as part of a strong force, a vanguard which will not allow a few miscreants to threaten this small island and dictate to the masses with their deviancy,” Mr Brathwaite charged.
He cited the increased gun violence to the increase in transnational organized crime in relation to drug trafficking.
He noted that over the past two years the defence force through its maritime element, the Barbados Coast Guard, has conducted and assisted the Civil Power in narcotic operations which netted over 11, 400 pounds of compressed marijuana, in excess of 28, 000 marijuana plants and 370 kilograms of cocaine, with a combined street value of over $36,000,000.00.
Noting that the relevance of the Force has been questioned time and time again as there have been no perceived threats to the national security of the land, he stressed that with the changing global society, the country has to be vigilant and ever cognizant that it is not immune to home grown or external threats to its sovereignty.