Photo Caption in The Nation News…
Who Is In Charge Of CWC Security – Barbados Police? Foreign Troops? Volunteer Housewives? All Of The Above?
Talk about inspiring confidence in the troops and citizens…
An Inspector of the Royal Barbados Police Force allowed himself and his officers to be searched by Cricket World Cup security volunteers – at least one of whom was an unemployed housewife until a few days ago.
Somebody give Inspector Anthony Bowen a manual called “Leadership 101”
He needs it.
This appalling humiliation of the Royal Barbados Police Force was photographed and is there for all to see in The Nation News …
Search Irks Cop (story link here)
POLICE were on the other end of “searching” at the 3Ws Oval of the University of the West Indies early yesterday morning.
And they were not too pleased about it.
At about 7 a.m., just after the gates were opened at the Cave Hill Campus for the first Cricket World Cup (CWC) warm-up match between Scotland and Sri Lanka, a number of Royal Barbados Police Force officers, one a sergeant and the other an inspector, were stopped after they passed through the gates, told to turn back and then searched by the CWC volunteer security.
Police were visibly upset by the imposition that left a long line of other officers outside, waiting to get into the campus to attend to their posts on the grounds.
The situation led to an exchange of words between the head of security, volunteer security and the officers’ which then led to some telephone calls being made.
However, in the end, the officers were told by the head of security that it was “part of the procedure”.
Stephen Alleyne, chief executive of the Barbados Local Organising Committee (LOC) for CWC, said security was operating in the best interest of the event.
“Security has been fairly tight but at the back of it, it is a world tournament we are involved in and the influences which [we] are subject to would exist anywhere in the world. I think that the security team and the security plan is really aimed at making sure that everybody, both stakeholders and spectators . . . operate in the safest and most secure environment,” he said.
Senior Superintendent Vincent Springer, commander of CWC events, said that the morning situation was a misunderstanding.
He told the DAILY NATION that police had a meeting with the event owners and security directorate since the incident and the force was promised that such a situation would not recur.
Our thanks to BFP reader Hants for pointing this out all the way from Canada. Yes folks, our humiliation is truly worldwide.