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AG calling for more public help


AG calling for more public help
From left, Attorney General Dale Marshall chatting with two of the seminar presenters – Deputy Chief Constable Dave Orford and Detective Chief Superintendent David Ashton of Durham. (Picture by Jameel Springer.)

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There are no easy solutions to crime, says Attorney General Dale Marshall, but the only way Barbados is going to make serious inroads into arresting it is with the cooperation of the public.

“People can call the police to say ‘so and so has a firearm’ or ‘I am hearing things on the ground and I feel something is happening’, but we generally get calls after things happen. It tells me that our society doesn’t recognise the importance of the role they have to play in proactive policing,” he said while addressing the inaugural police executive leadership seminar at Hilton Barbados yesterday.

“Saving our society is not a policing issue, that is an all-of-Barbados issue. We’ve been noticing that vulnerable families produce vulnerable young men who easily fall into a culture of illegality. We feel society has to play a bigger role in saving those vulnerable families . . . . So therefore we as a Government have embarked on a number of initiatives to ensure those vulnerable families do not fall through the cracks,” the Attorney General said.

Fifteen Barbadian officers, ranked from assistant commissioner to inspector, are taking part in the one-week seminar, with one officer from the Royal St Lucia Police Force. It is being held in cooperation with the United Kingdom-based Durham Constabulary along with the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association.

Five officers will then be chosen to travel to Durham in September on an attachment programme. (CA)

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