Family Unit busy
SINCE THE Royal Barbados Police Force set up the Family Conflict Intervention Unit on June 1, 58 offenders have been arrested, 96 cases assessed and 12 protection orders issued.
Additionally, several cases have been referred to other state and non-state agencies.
This was disclosed by Acting Commissioner Police and Director of Training Tyrone Griffith at the Regional Police Training Centre’s (RPTC’s) 137th Passing Out Parade, at Seawell, Christ Church, yesterday.
Griffith said that whilst the Police Force was being asked to take the blame for the rise in domestic abuse, the unit had been quietly pursuing its mandate without any fanfare or public pronouncements.
He noted that last year Barbados was engulfed by crimes associated with the cash-for-gold phenomenon. However, the introduction of new legislation, supported by diverse investigative and preventative strategies, had forestalled the activity and defused to some extent the public’s anxiety.