Officers Of The Royal Barbados Police Force Reduced To Beggars By Previous BLP Government
A few days ago, two Nation News articles published side by side caught my eye – and I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
I think I’ll cry.
First, we have the CARICOM politicians promising a host of new anti-crime initiatives and increased regional cooperation on all fronts.
YES SIR! …have no doubts the police are going to kick some serious butt ’bout hey! They warned the gangs and violent thugs “WE ARE COMING AFTER YOU!”
Ricky Singh laid out the battle plan and if those murderous thugs could read, you bet they would be trembling! YES SIR… there is going to be some serious police action around here an those thugs betta know they got themselves two choices: reform or die.
That was tremendously inspiring.
But then I read Police Recruiters Press On in the Nation News. Yup…
THE ROYAL BARBADOS POLICE FORCE has started reaching out to communities, groups and secondary school students in an effort to boost its numbers.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Bertie Hinds said that one question asked of the recruiting officers was how much money a recruit would be making and on hearing that the starting salary was $2 000, the prospect usually backed away.
“[One] chap said, ‘Well, skipper, that can’t buy Timberlands . . . ,” Hinds said.
As we have said so many times before, our tourism industry is entirely built upon the foundation of a reputation that Barbados is primarily a SAFE place to vacation. In places, Jamaica is a hundred times more beautiful than Bim, but there is a reason that folks want to come here rather than Jamaica.
The previous BLP government underfunded our police to the point where it will take a decade to repair the damage even if funding was increased to proper levels immediately.
Prime Minister Thompson could start by scraping the flyovers and increasing police salaries by 50% immediately. Too bad we can’t get back the money from that monument to insanity, Kensington Oval.