Brit TV Star Jeremy Edwards Arrested For Cocaine In Barbados
“Tourists are easy, but it takes real work to take down a dealer.”
… BFP’s Royal Barbados Police Force nameless friend.
So Many Reasons Why Police Ignore Serious Drug Dealers…
We were talking with our RBPF friend a few weeks ago about the growing violence on the island and like many folks, we expressed the opinion that much of it is associated with drugs and drug dealers. While our friend agreed with us he cautioned that we must not focus solely on drugs as a root cause of violence while forgetting the wider societal changes that are also impacting the general level of violence.
Drugs and drug dealers make for violence, said our friend, but they can’t be blamed for all the violence, nor for some of the conditions that cause our police force to be less effective than it could be.
Our friend’s opinion and the depth of his subsequent thoughts again made us realise that the vast majority of our police officers are decent, hard working people who have great insight into some of the ragged edges of our society. But they are also human – and if they can get away with doing less and reducing their personal workload and level of exposure to dangerous situations, many police officers will choose the easier route.
As our friend puts it, “If we called, we go. If we not called, why look for trouble?”
Lack Of Proper Leadership, Supervision And Accountability
Supervision is not the same as Leadership. Supervision is not the same as accountability.
We asked our friend straight out, “Why aren’t more big drug dealers arrested?” and his answer was surprising. I guess we expected some story about corruption, lack of resources or some such thing, but our friend simply said “Because it is easier and less dangerous to arrest tourists and little fish.”
He explained that tourists are easy to arrest because they are less wary of police and are usually relaxed and less aware of what is going on around them. They aren’t able to recognise out-of-uniform police officers, and are unlikely to be armed or to resist arrest. “They don’t know where to run” says our friend.
But tourists seldom know the person who they bought the drugs from so arresting a tourist is a “dead end”. There is little or no opportunity for the police to go “up the chain” as our friend called it.
What Is The Answer To A More Effective & Enthusiastic Police Force?
A lack of real leadership and accountability are big pieces of the problem, but so is a lack of societal status for police officers of which low salaries are a big indicator.
The attitude is, “They pretend to pay us, an we pretend to work.”
Strong words from a police officer who loves his job and on better days shows energy defending his organisation and his comrades.
TV Star Jeremy Edwards Says “Guilty” To Cocaine Possession
Should He Have Been Allowed To Remain On Barbados To Finish His Vacation…?
From The Sun Newspaper…
Holby’s Jeremy Busted For Coke
TV hunk Jeremy Edwards has been arrested after being caught with cocaine in an area notorious for dealers and hookers.
The former Holby City actor – once engaged to squeaky-clean singer Rachel Stevens, 29 – was held on holiday in Barbados on Saturday.
He spent the weekend in a dingy prison cell and was hauled before a judge in capital Bridgetown on Monday.
Jeremy, 36, was fined £250 and immediately released. He was warned he will go to jail if he is caught with drugs again.
The actor plans to go ahead with a celebration bash in the UK this weekend to mark his engagement to Lydia Metz, 23.
Pals have been invited to a lavish get-together in London’s West End.
Jeremy, who presents Cooking the Books on Five, was on holiday with his older brother Tim when he was arrested. He was spotted yesterday relaxing at his hotel swimming pool.
A police spokesman said : “Edwards was arrested after acting suspiciously on the street and was found with an amount of cocaine, but officers believed it was for personal use.
“He has been allowed to continue his holiday.”
… from The Sun article Holby’s Jeremy Busted For Coke
Should Drug Using Tourists Be Kicked Off The Island After Jail?
What message does it send to the world and our own people when convicted drug users are allowed to remain on Barbados and to return to the island for other vacations?
Our RBPF friend says that a double standard applies to tourists with the courts imposing more lenient sentences than upon citizens. As he put it, “Try getting back into America or the UK after being convicted for cocaine in those countries.”
Maybe our friend has a point. What do you think folks?