Police asked to hold strain due to shortages
POLICE STATION SERGEANTS and unit managers have been asked to hold strain as the force wrestles with a shortage of equipment and manpower.
The request has been made by Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Oral Williams as the more than 1 300-strong Royal Barbados Police Force deals with 179 vacancies and insufficient policing equipment such as batons, holsters and body armour.
Williams, who has had responsibility for financing, said the force was operating under budgetary constraints in line with Government’s limited finances.
“I’m asking that you bear with us in the absence of a sufficient number of accoutrement, including batons, holsters, reflective vest, body armour, sprays, shields and other items of clothing to the extent that every member does not have a personal issue,” he said. (WILLCOMM)
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