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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Job well done by police force

Rev Errington Massiah

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Job well done by police force

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Comfort every sufferer, watching late in pain. Those who plan some evil from their sin restrain.

– The fifth verse of Hymn 346, Ancient and Modern.


I WOULD LIKE to congratulate the Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith and the Royal Barbados Police Force for the wonderful job they are doing to fight crime.

Round-the-clock investigations by detectives have resulted in quick breakthroughs in a spate of recent incidents. These breakthroughs are good for our hard-working law enforcement officers, but it is very worrying for the writer because there are so many young men and women who are between the ages of 16 and 30 who are involved in crime.

I must join Lil Rick in his song when he asks How the youth get so, me na know.

I would like to say to all young people out there that a life of crime does not pay and you are wasting your youth which can be channelled into many other productive avenues.

I urge parents to talk to your children from early, guide them and help them to stay away from bad company because trouble does not set up like rain.

Do not wait until they are arrested by the police and are taken across the courtyard. I am tired of hearing the familiar “LP”: “He was a good boy.” Too late shall be the cry.

The parents of today are not instilling values in their children; that is one of the main problems in today’s world. To all parents out there: you must train your children from the cradle.

If you do not know, I am letting you know right now that “children can and will kill you without a weapon”. Those who have ears to hear let them hear.

My advice to all young persons is mistakes and bad habits follow you for life, so choose wisely the decisions you make now.

Do not forget that crime is everybody’s business. Therefore let us play our part.