Royal Barbados Police Force Website

ACFA0E.jpgCommissioner of Police Dottin

While cruising at Barbados Forum yesterday, I came across a huge ongoing chat about the Royal Barbados Police Force… and by “ongoing” I mean it started over two years ago!

Policing is always a topic of interest in any country, and this is especially true in Barbados where our small size means that an individual’s actions (including an individual police officer’s actions) can have a far greater impact upon others than in a larger society.

One of the participants in the Barbados Forum chat mentioned that the website of the Royal Barbados Police Force seemed to be a bit outdated, so I thought I’d take a look.

The website of the Royal Barbados Police Force is here.

Our Comments

The Royal Barbados Police Force website is well laid out and loads quickly, but could be improved insofar as current and relevant content is concerned. The only two “news” items are a month-old post on missing woman Sharon Harewood, and wanted notice for a drug dealer who escaped from police custody and in all likelihood ran back to his native Brazil over a year ago.

Although there is a short history of the force and sections dealing with crime prevention and being hired as a Constable – once visited, there is nothing new to draw people back to the website.

In short, the Royal Barbados Police Force is still using it’s website as a business card, rather than as an effective tool to communicate with, educate and influence Bajans.

We do admire and respect our police. A better website could only assist them with their difficult and under-appreciated job.

Advertisements

21 Comments

Filed under Barbados, Crime & Law

21 responses to “Royal Barbados Police Force Website

  1. Let me start by saying I commend the BPF for setting up the site. However, I would like to know what was/is its primary purpose. It seems as though they had good intentions when they sought to develop the site; but may have started before they were ready.

    Having said that, I think it would be nice if the date of post was made available so that readers would know how current is the information.

  2. Robert

    Very good points, Yvonne.

    The BPF (Barbados Police Force – not BFP Barbados Free Press) like so many organisations, had someone walk into a room and say, “We need a website” without much thought about who would use it, and how it could be a valuable DAILY tool for the police force.

    Perhaps they don’t need some “expert” to take the lead… I would wager that there is some ambitious young constable on the BPF who could make the website the talk of everybody with about 1 hour a day.

    Think of the possibilities…

    As a recruiting tool – “Day in the Life” articles about the police officers and their day to day operations. Profiles on special operations.

    As a policy communication tool – to broadcast policing priorities.

    As an information tool – Law resources, community based policing initiatives and coordination.

    Contributing to tourism by portraying a professional image (The images – not words – would say “You are safe here – we are professionals, not some 3rd world hack police force… “)

    So many many things that could be done with that website.

  3. Anonymous

    I hope that at least one of the “big guns” of the BPF visit this site, BFP; read the article/comments about its organization, and act upon it.

    The BPF should take a look at the BFS [Barbados Fire Service] website — http://www.fireservice.gov.bb/information/statistics.php. Maybe it would give them an inspiration to continue working on their site. [smile]

  4. i looked at this website for the royal bahamian police and our people should look at it. this is a site for one of their island stations not even the main force site but it is pretty good.

  5. Thank you Mr Richards for your comments on the Royal Bahamas Police website for the island of Bimini. http://www.biminipolice.com
    It is our intention to present to the public a website that offers useful information on a variety of topics that are related to policing here. We change sections of the site monthly. We also try to be as visual as possible. Again, thank you for your comments. May God continue to bless the men and women of the Royal Barbados Police and keep them from harm’s way.

  6. Shari

    and this was two years ago. now its worse. no information at all. what if people are thinking about joining the force. there is no information on the process or requirements. just a way to download some application forms.

    they can use a website for so much more. so people can apply to be in the force online (if possible – maybe if they posted their process info i would know), people can make complaints or ask questions and receive answers online.

    the way the site is now, there really is no need for it at all.

  7. Tony Hall

    I noticed that the RBPF website is under construction. It has been so for almost a year now. I have it linked to a website I am affiliated with and I am disappointed when I periodically check the link to realise that the status is still the same. I believe a greater effort has to be made to keep the site going. It is an effective way to communicate locally and internationally. There should be an officer specially assigned to the upkeep of the website. I am going to enquire as to why there has been such a long delay in bringing the website into full operation.

  8. Schupse

    Before the police force can think about a website, they should find out all the officers who sell drugs to the community drug lords, get rid of them and promote the ones are actually doing something good.

    If Commissioner Dottin cannot even run a proper force how the hell can he run a website, does he even know it’s there?

  9. make your own website

    interesting Royal Barbados Police Force site. get the drug pusher out! that is the key issue.

  10. Peter Danks

    Dear Sir
    I organised a Royal Navy cricket Tour to Barbados in 1993 and also hosted the Barbados Police team to a match against the royal navy in 1994. Superintendent Cummins was in charge of the team I believe. I have some A3 size pictures of ther Barbados and RN teams and would like to present them to the Police at Weymouth Road when I visit Barbados in April. Who should I contact. They are in colour and a very nice memory of the tour for your players.
    Peter Danks

  11. Angela

    I am very appreciative of the RBPF website, but I agree with most of the comments made. Started before ready like almost everything else pertaining to Barbados. One of the most important links should be the contact. There should also be a complaint link which I believe would help tremendously in solving crime. As far as the commissioner is concern, I am still trying to figure out why is he still there. The entire force needs a complete makeover. Get some of the old school police to interview the recruits and I believe you will see major change. Angela

  12. AS PC. 593 EDWARDS I WALKED THE BEAT WITH HANCEL BYNOE ALL OVER BRIDGETOWN, AT THAT TIME HE WAS HONEST AND THROUGH . I HAVE NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT AS CHIEF OF THE CID HE WILL BE ANT DIFFERENT NOW, THEREFORE, I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO COMMEND HIM ON YET ANOTHER JOB WELL DONE. HOWEVER, AS A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN NEW YORK CITY, NY. I FIND IT UTTERLY SHOCKING THAT THAT THE ALLEGED PERPETRATORS HAD NO ATTORNEYS AT ARRAIGNMENT.

  13. Tim Warren

    Hello everyone.

    I retired from the Dorset Police in the UK in 2006 and their website can be found below:
    http://www.dorset.police.uk

    Although this website might seem quite impressive, it should be remembered that the force has an equally impressive budget with which to invest in its website!

    I am resident in the UK, although I am lucky enough to visit the beautiful island of Barbados once or twice a year.

    I am and researching my family history, and in particular my Great Uncle, who was named Colonel Oriel St A Duke and who was Commissioner of Police in Barbados from about 1939 – 1947.

    Are there any people still alive who remember him or who have heard stories about him?

    I know that he was ‘retired’ following a major fire in Bridgetown. I have heard that the reason for his forced retirement was because he supported the chief fire officer who had been subject to criticism by the Colonial Secretary.

    Following his retirement, he worked at Harrisons in Bridgetown.

    His nickname was ‘Konks’, he was member of the Yacht Club and one point joined the Black Gentleman’s Tennis Association.

    Any information would be very much appreciated.

    Tim Warren

  14. Pingback: Barbados Police Commissioner sacked over Bridgetown fire, 1948: Colonel Oriel St. Arnaud Duke « Barbados Free Press

  15. Peter

    Good Day

    I have been advised that your Police Cricket Organisation will be hosting the World Police Cricket Championships in early 2013.
    If this is correct then can you please advise what dates it will be run over so I can arrange time off to attend.

    Cheers

  16. J. Payne

    Jamaica’s Governor has a beautiful site for their G.G. http://kingshouse.gov.jm/

  17. Mel Mapp ex 465

    Just need a little improvement to become more user friendly but very informative nonetheless.

    I must add, however, that the email addresss of various department heads should be available as is with other Canadian Police Departments.

  18. J. Payne

    @myself.
    Jamaica has a beautiful site for their G.G.

  19. Melbourne Wilson

    I am looking for a friend that I trained with and who was ny best friend in training his name is Roudolph Caugadon.

  20. Shut them down

    When will the police investigate the many brothels in Barbaods posing as massage parlours? please let’s do something about this indecent and wicked presence in our society. Barbados don’t need them!