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Police on top of all duties

ALEX DOWNES, [email protected]

Police on top of all duties

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The election season may be reaching its climax, but the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) is fully prepared to handle all that comes its way, crime or otherwise.

Acting Senior Superintendent in charge of the Southern Division, Bruce Rowe, Friday said the May 24 elections would not have an impact on their overall policing ability.

“We have systems in place. We are policing the elections according to the operational plan of the force,” Rowe said during a Press conference at the Oistins Police Station, held to display recovered stolen items.

“But I would want to say to you that our policing of the election will not minimise our policing of the country. We still have to police Barbados and we are policing Barbados. We are not leaving anything for granted. In addition to policing the meetings, we are still focusing on policing the problem areas, the crime areas and the country as a whole,” he added.

Also present at the Press conference was police public relations officer Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss, who later explained that there had been no major election-related incidents to date.

 Rowe said there had been a number of recent break-ins and police were still focused on areas such as the Fairholme Gardens, Durants, Silver Sands, and as far as the District “C’ Police Station area.

Despite these concerns, he said the Southern Division was making headway in solving the crimes.

“Yes we’re having problems in the Southern Division with burglaries, but we are working assiduously to combat some of them,” Rowe said.

“Within the last two days, we have been able to clear up about 15 cases where we are in the process of charging three people, including a female, for burglaries, robberies, thefts and handling stolen property,” he added.

He said that on the list for these housebreakers were electronics – specifically televisions, laptops, cell phones, and also cash.

Rowe also encouraged homeowners to secure their homes and he noted the value of installing CCTV systems. (AD)