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Cops fighting back

ANTOINETTE CONNELL, antoinetteconnell@nationnews.com

Added 17 January 2019

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Police were on the road doing stop-and-search exercises. (Picture by Reco Moore.)

Body cameras were used for the first time locally on Thursday as the police intensified their stop-and-search exercises across Barbados, prompted by a violent start to 2019.

And with mounting public pressure on Government to do something about the surge in crime, the areas of police, forensic science and criminal justice have been shifted from Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson and will now fall to Attorney General Dale Marshall.

Following 16 days of seemingly unending violence with bloody gun clashes leading to three deaths in eight days, members of the public took to every media platform to call on authorities to do something and were particularly harsh against Hinkson, claiming that nothing was being done to combat the lawlessness that struck fear into the hearts of residents in some communities.

The citizens also took aim at the police, who quietly responded by stepping up their crackdown on illegal firearms. (AC)

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