Barbados Police Give Up On Enforcement, Surrender To Drug Dealers – Charges Laid Down 91% Since 2005!

One More Reason Why Commissioner Dottin Should Resign

The Royal Barbados Police Force does not publish statistics, explanations or any information that would allow ordinary citizens to readily assess the performance of their police and make comparisons with previous data or other policing organisations.

Professional policing organisations like Metropolitan London publish annual reports online that contain clearly defined objectives, measures and targets – as well as performance indicators so that citizens can be informed. (Metro London Police Annual Reports here)

The Metropolitan London Police know that they must be accountable to the ordinary citizen if they are to maintain the organisation’s effectiveness and community respect.

Not so for the Royal Barbados Police Force under Commissioner Dottin.

Under Commissioner Dottin, the RBPF doesn’t even publish it’s own mailing address, station addresses, email addresses or fax number on the web. (RBPF website here)

United States Government Releases Barbados Police Performance Data!

Seeing as how the Royal Barbados Police Force won’t make performance statistics available to citizens, Keltruth Blog found another way to obtain the data: through the Government of the United States.

Apparently, if Barbados wants to participate in certain international programmes (with the grant money, of course), then it must make data available to foreign governments that it refuses to publish for Bajan citzens.

Way to go, Keltruth Blog!

For the story of just how pathetic the RBPF level of performance has been for the past three years, and to read the US State Department report, head on over to Keltruth Blog and read Barbados Drug Crime gets Worse but Drug Charges down by 91% since 2005!


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26 responses to “Barbados Police Give Up On Enforcement, Surrender To Drug Dealers – Charges Laid Down 91% Since 2005!

  1. reality check

    This is strictly a corporate merger of common interests.

    Why would the police investigate themselves?

    After all, under the last regime they were not respected, they are poorly paid and have to supplement their meager existence.

  2. Lword

    Police Forces GLOBALLY have long since come to the entirely logical conclusion that the war against desirable substances is like Iraq – an unwinnable war!

    They’re not stupid.
    They realize that they’re banging their heads against the wall!

    It was the same situation back in 1919-1933
    when alcohol(desirable substance) was made illegal.
    And what was the solution then??

    We’re merely living thru/enduring Prohibition Two!
    Let’s make Coffee and Chocolate(desirable substances!) illegal and see what happens.
    You freak out coz you can’t start your day with your favourite stimulant
    (you have a substance-dependency situation there,don’t you?!)

    The ONLY way out is legalization, whether you like it or not
    whether you’ve been socialized to ‘believe’ that or not.
    It is the ONLY way out.
    -Legalization along with REAL education about the dangers of Excess.

    Everyone’s forgotten that word Moderation,haven’t they!?

  3. Fool me once

    Maybe there is less crime and corruption lately? Most of the big thieves lost their seats in the last election.

    But in seriousness the police are clearly fallen down on the job. We see lots of drugs around but no clean up.

  4. Lword

    Legalize it. It’s the only solution.
    We’ve tried everything else!!

    It was the solution for the alcohol prohibition back in 1919-1933.
    What’s different now?

    Absolutely nothing except the substance/s are different.

  5. crossroads

    Lword, I was always against such a move, however maybe u r right.stick it to the drug lords .!.

  6. Centipede

    I am not here to defend the police and if they are guilty of neglect and failure to prosecute … then someone there needs to be called to account.

    But what is the essential dilema? Basically its nepotism and it’s associations. “Favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power.”

    I have said it before and I’ll say it again … when BDS became ‘independent’ and the ‘colonial masters’ were replaced by locals, we saw – and continue to see – a continuing declension into perfidious governance, “looking the other way,” unaccountable supervision and so forth.

    And why? because the boss does not want to offend the party. The culpable person is either his cousin, or goes to the same church, or she is living with his brother, or his best friend’s sister, or comes from the same neighborhood, etc. etc..

    This is a feature of “small islands.”

    The only solution is to ‘bring in’ an ‘outside boss’ who has no boat to rock. But you know this ain’t gonna happen, especially if such boss man is ‘white!’

    So…. to the bottom line… don’t expect to see a change any time soon. Hope for it, but don’t bet your money……

  7. gonegone

    Reality Check says “This is strictly a corporate merger of common interests. Why would the police investigate themselves?”

    This is closer to the truth than people know. If somebody doesn’t pay attention to the police we are going to lose the whole island. They need more money, lots more money for salaries. More training, equipment and professional leadership.

    It all takes money and the politicians do not want the police to be well funded enough to be independent and effective.

    USA for me as soon as I can get off this island.

  8. The graph refers to drug charges that were actually made. I imagine that the Attorney General would have a say in who actually gets charged.

    I was stunned when I uncovered the evidence. Unfortunately I will reveal more damning evidence in my next post – evidence that may give you a worse shock.

    I wonder what the situation is with actual arrests for drug offences for the past three years? I would be grateful if the RBPF would give us a report.

    The same police, RBPF, have done nothing useful to investigate the death threats.

  9. Anon


    “The only solution is to ‘bring in’ an ‘outside boss’ who has no boat to rock. But you know this ain’t gonna happen, especially if such boss man is ‘white!’”

    So I have to take it that the only people in World with moral fortitude are ‘White”?

  10. GreenBB

    The RBPF cannot even take care of basic traffic violations what makes you think that they can or want to deal with drugs?

  11. Dale Marshall became Attorney General of Barbados in February, 2006.

    I don’t when Charles Leacock was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions, but I think it was before 25 Feb. 2005.

    Darwin Dottin was Commissioner of RBPF since September 2003.

  12. Anon,

    You are taking centipede out of context. There are hundreds of top black cops in the US alone who could be hired as consultants to help with the present mess.

    Our current Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), Robert Parker, who happens to be black, would be an excellent candidate.

  13. Inkwell

    Barbados is such a small place that it is difficult to keep your business to yourself. The Police MUST know who the drug dealers are, and I don’t mean the small fry who get arrested in a drug bust.

    A high percentage of crimes in Barbados is solved via the “confession” route. Tell me that they can’t get one or two of the mules to confess who paid them to bring in or collect the drugs. What? all of a sudden they stopped beating suspects to get confessions?

    When the Police announce that they conducted a raid which netted drugs with a value of three or four or five hundred thousand dollars, it clearly is not the property of the rasta and fisherman types arrested.

    The Police HAVE to know where the big money behind drugs in Barbados comes from, but we only ever hear of the small fry being prosecuted.

    Go to Reggae on the hill, any of the dub fetes or even to the River ZR stand and you will see and smell the proof that the Police have given up the “fight”. How far fetched is it to conclude that somebody or somebodies are being paid to look the other way.

    The solution?

    1. Pay the Police better salaries so that the force attracts a higher quality officer.

    2. Legalize drug use and take the money out. Follow with a program of education, similar to “don’t drink and drive” or “drink responsibly”.

  14. Centipede

    Anon writes, regarding my post … “So I have to take it that the only people in World with moral fortitude are ‘White”?”

    Maybe that’s your opinion Anon. I certainly don’t think so, did not imply it, and did not say it.

  15. Thomas Gresham

    I was once told by an expert in the field that when you make a small drugs bust at the retail level, all that happens is someone higher up in the food chain does not get their cash which they need to aovid being cut off by the next person up on the chain, and so they then carry out some new crime, often more violent, than the crime of the original bust. Consequently crime busts create crime and you need to focus not on making the large number of small drug busts, but on catching the people right at the top.

    I am not an expert in the field, but this sounded to me to be plausible and this may explain some of the decline, but I do not wish to be an apologist for anyone in or out of responsibility in this area.

    I have sympathy with the idea of legalising drugs, and I am familiar with the Amsterdam “Coffee shops” but those who support this idea tend to underestimate the private and social harm these drugs do. There have been experiments with being more “tolerant” of certain less harmful drugs, (most recently in the UK) but they have not produced compelling results as it seems starting on these drugs merely leads people on to the next, harder, and more lethal drugs that you will always have to keep out of the reach of the public. A thorny subject indeed. I wish anyone who has to deal with it, much fortitude.

  16. Icansee

    When you pay the police more the drug lord will simply offer more. In the end it is all about integrity versus greed.
    Greed, being what it is, will always find something else to replace the drugs that are legalized.
    The fight against the drug trade will be won when it becomes unprofitable to produce them.
    Eliminate the demand.

  17. yatinkiteasy

    Legalize pot….and a lot of crime will go away the cocaine is for the rich folks..let them blow their brains on the stuff..the pot will only make the users mellow and peace loving….jah rastafari!

  18. Thomas Gresham

    According to yatinkiteasy:

    “…the pot will only make users mellow and peace loving..”

    If ony it were so, here is a selection of quotes on the dangers of “pot”. (None of it is mine, its from a web site on medical facts and fiction.)

    In November 2002, the British Medical Journal reported that heavy cannabis use at 18-years-old increased sixfold the likelihood of developing schizophrenia later in life.

    In May 2007, at the Second International Cannabis and Mental Health Conference held at Kings College, London, numerous experts presented links between cannabis use and psychotic illnesses in adolescents and adults.

    In July 2007, The Lancet reported a 40-percent risk in developing psychosis for those who have ever used marijuana. One of the study’s principal authors, Dr. Stanley Zammit told Web MD that there is “a 100% (twofold) increased risk” for daily or weekly users (July 26, 2007).

    A booklet called “Cannabis and Mental Health,” distributed by London’s Royal College of Psychiatrists, describes the following symptoms [of trying to withdraw]: Craving, decreased appetite, sleep difficulty, weight loss, aggression and/or anger, irritability, restlessness, and strange dreams. It describes the symptoms to be “about as uncomfortable as withdrawing from tobacco,” but also reports, “seven out of ten cannabis abusers switch to tobacco in an attempt to stay off cannabis.”

    Better to stay off it.

  19. Technician

    Thomas Gresham……..Please wake up and smell the coffee!!!
    You sit there and regurgitate the same nonsense that was used in the arguments to criminalize marijuana in the first place.
    You forgot how it made black men look at white women.
    By these arguments, Amsterdam should be a hell hole.

  20. ru4real


    What r u talking about?
    Black and white men look at women with or without the help of Marijuana.

  21. Thomas Gresham

    Dear Technician,

    I consider myself a rational person and so I take serious medical evidence seriously. I would recommend you do the same, rather than sanctioning a past time that is transparently not helping our brothers break out of a cycle of poverty and disadvantage.

    I have been invited to Amsterdam many times. I would not describe it as a hell hole, but it is far from nirvana either, and the areas around the coffee shops are probably the worse.

    It is interesting that the number of Amsterdam “coffee” shops where pot can be sold (it is not strictly legal but the somewhat complex laws on the matter are not enforced) has fallen sharply over the past five to seven years, from 1,500 to 750 (according to a report in the London Observer). This does not strike me as a sign that the “coffee” shops are welcomed and prospering.

    I am generally not bothered by what people do to themselves in the privacy of their home, but I am bothered about promoting something that consumed regularly has been proven to be harmful to those who need some protection. I would alert you to the references above, but as I doubt you will study them carefully, I wish you good luck and peace.

  22. Lword

    Efficient legalization can only occur if linked closely with real and realistic education.
    Education about the M-word. Moderation.

    Moderation in all things in one’s wholesome life.
    Moderation is sex, exercise, food consumption, alcohol, “drugs”(alcohol isn’t a drug?)
    moderation is the key.

    Somehow Madison Avenue has persuaded the consuming public that Excess is the way to go.

    You have 3 TV sets?
    -you really should have a fourth and a fifth, shouldn’t you?
    Sell sell sell.

    Get the goods off the shelf, and that money out of your pocket and into the Corp. bank account,baby!

    That’s where advertising and Excess started us overdoing everything.

    Heroin Cociane and other “socially-unacceptable” drugs have been around for MILLENIA,
    but only in the last 50-100 years or so have they become seriously problematic.

    There is little rational thought on the subject
    not publicly admitted at any rate.
    Too much is bound up in Politrix and Alcohol Sales, which would see a big hit if gonja ever got legalized!

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  24. Pookie

    I support the drug trade in my wonderful Island of Barbados. I wish I was still there. You guys shoul be lucky I a not because I am allot worse than the ones you have to deal with there.

  25. Doc

    Perhaps they’ve just stopped bullshit empty harassment of end-users?