Barbados Police Message To Criminals: We Can’t Afford Police Officers, But If We Could You’d Be In Trouble!

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.

YES SIR!

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.

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19 responses to “Barbados Police Message To Criminals: We Can’t Afford Police Officers, But If We Could You’d Be In Trouble!

  1. Yes, it is quite unfortunate when you hear about these situations. I remember I had a friend of mine on the police force, knew him maybe 15 years because we were neighbors. Told me, even up until the late 90s, they did not even clear $2,000 per month and when they worked overtime, sometimes doing undercover work for 2 and 3 days straight, they were not paid anything extra. I mean, you are out there usually seeing the most brutal and worse form of crime, you have to put your life at risk to protect people and you are telling me that they cannot even receive a proper salary? I know this is not America or Canada or the UK but dollar for dollar, I think they should at least start off in the $40k Bds per year range. I know New York policeman (90% sure) start off around $50k US per year, why not do something similar for our guys. Some of the entry level jobs for service firms (won’t specify which), start their employees off at $3,000 Bds a month and even then it is difficult to move out on your own, people still at home with their parents because the $2,000 net or so just doesn’t stretch with rent, gas, food and trying to set something aside. So my point is, if you’re sitting down in an air conditioned office and able to make that, well Christ, if I risking having a bullet put in me and end up cripple or dead, you should pay law enforcement a fair salary. But that is just my 2 cents.

  2. ady-hotep

    Jim I like your thinking.Police deserve better pay,this will probably lead to better police candidates and the likelihood of less corruption.Our nurses and teachers also deserve better pay.

  3. The Truth

    Bajans are lazy. That is why it takes double the time and double to labour to get the same job done.

  4. Eddie

    Yes, there is no need to question it.
    Police need to be given a raise in pay. We all depend on them.

  5. robin hood

    If I was a young man in Barbados today I would have to laugh at what the government is offering as a salary to someone to put their life in danger to police this country. Especially when one compares what the same government ministers are paying themselves and they don’t have to face danger every time they go to work.
    My son is a member of the RBPF and still cannot understand why it is that after hearing for the last 7 years or more that there was supposed to be a re-classification of police salaries and to date nothing has been done about the situation.
    It must be really demoralising for a man to have to see his family in dire need and he is supposed to be employed as a policeman and his salary cannot provide all their needs. Note I said NEEDS not WANTS.
    It is about time the that those officers who are part of the leadership of the police force impress upon the Prime Minister the need for revised salaries for ALL LEVELS of the police force.

  6. Voice of Reason

    The Truth

    I do not appreciate your comment that Barbadians are lazy.

    I am a Barbadian residing abroad. And the work I did in Barbados was ten times the amount of work I do now.

    When I was in Barbados I was at work every day, did not take vacation for six years, I worked on boxing day and on Saturdays and also went to work while on sick leave. My job as a Secretary was Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30.

    My father is a Police Man who hardly takes vacation and when he does it is because he has 3-4 years vacation accumulated has not taken sick leave in over five years. My mother also hardly vacations and has not taken sick leave in seven years.

    So I cannot in all fairness to all of the hardworking Barbadians who built our country from the ground up into one of the world’s leading Developing countries. Allow you to drag our name through the mud. We are not perfect as with any family but definitely I can say that we are not lazy.

    AND THAT IS THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Gospel Truth

    Bajans are not lazy

  8. Gospel Truth

    The Truth

    I do not appreciate your comment that Barbadians are lazy.

    I am a Barbadian residing abroad. And the work I did in Barbados was ten times the amount of work I do now.

    When I was in Barbados I was at work every day, did not take vacation for six years, I worked on boxing day and on Saturdays and also went to work while on sick leave. My job as a Secretary was Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30.

    My father is a Police Man who hardly takes vacation and when he does it is because he has 3-4 years vacation accumulated has not taken sick leave in over five years. My mother also hardly vacations and has not taken sick leave in seven years.

    So I cannot in all fairness to all of the hardworking Barbadians who built our country from the ground up into one of the world’s leading Developing countries. Allow you to drag our name through the mud. We are not perfect as with any family but definitely I can say that we are not lazy.

    AND THAT IS THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. JC

    I am not fussy about police; not at all. However, I believe in law and order therefore, our Police need to be paid more. IT IS A MUST.

  10. Voice of Reason

    I can count on one hand the number of times I have posted on this blog. However, for some unforseen reason I am on moderation.

    I thought that the mission of BFP is to bring truth to the people or is only your truth?

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    Dear VOR,

    So what should be the standard about how long we are allowed to be away from moderation when the auto filter grabs your post? Why don’t you go to the top tab about moderation and…

    RTFM!

    Thank you.

  11. PiedPiper

    If you look at the big picture and how poorly paid police officers affect society as a whole then maybe someone, perhaps PM Thompson would give them a well deserved wage increase.
    Police Officers by the very nature of their work come across opportunities to pad their pockets and who would blame them?
    How does the government truly expect to have a “lawful” society when an officer can be paid, by an offender, to look the other way. Illegal activities from drug smuggling, prostitution and the pimps that beat their prostitutes to domestic violence and child sexual abuse will continue as long as a police officer can not make ends meet on their pathetic salary. It is hard to keep to the moral high ground when you are struggling.
    If you give a police officer the respect he is due and that would include a salary commenserate with the inherent risks that comes with the job, society as a whole is better for it.

  12. fyah

    Jim Haynes, NYPD officers start off with 25,000 US a year. you got to be in the force for like 5 years or more to touch 50,000 in the NYPD.

  13. The Truth

    Voice of Reason……
    Wake up and smell the coffee.

  14. Annoyed

    Lots of people are badly paid, me included, I also find it very difficult to meet needs not wants . It doesn’t mean that given the opportunity I would turn the other cheek and break the law! If police officers can’t be honest however break they are they shouldn’t be in the police force.

  15. Technician

    RTFM!

    Coming from Christians?????

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    BFP says,

    I think that Clive meant “Read The Free Manual”…

    You can find it at the top under “moderation”. 😉

  16. Tony Hall

    Policemen in Barbados have been treated very badly especially by the last administration. The former PM Owen Arthur made it known that he didn’t like the police because they weren’t “special”. Maybe they should have arrested his ass when he used to be driving drunk and sleeping on Vauxhall Road, St. James. I blame some of the hierachy of the force because they tried too much to suck up to the former administration. In 2008 policemen are still working in bad conditions and no one seems to be interested in their welfare until they are needed for protection or to solve crimes. Barbados has become a selfish nation. It bothers me when I still see the work and social conditions of the police being the same after all these years. This matter is dear to my heart.

  17. I agree with Pied Piper.

    Policemen often have to put their lives on the line to protect citizens. They should receive recognition in the form of a decent competitive salary. Underpaying the force causes morale to fall, and increases the temptation that each officer will face from time to time.

    Increased salary is not enough. Those officers who have already succumbed to temptation will either have to be rehabilitated or dismissed.

  18. robin hood

    Perhaps the citizens of Barbados should march AGAIN. This time it should be in sympathy with the overworked, underpaid and totally demoralised police force. How about it Bajans any volunteers for a march to Bay Street on behalf of the police?
    I congratulate Pied Piper on his comments. Maybe he/she should start playing the music now to which we would soon be marching on our way to Bay Street!!

  19. robin hood

    As far as I am concerned the career of a police officer should be viewed as any other profession, e.g. lawyer, accountant, doctor etc. and their working conditions and remuneration should reflect this view.