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Barbados Police again fail to answer “gun robbery in progress” call: Email from reader

“Incidents of Barbados Police being a bit shy or late to respond to gun calls are also becoming more common.”

Another case of unanswered 211 Police Emergency call!

Police didn’t show up until the next morning for “Robbery with Gun” call

Several folks sent us this story that is circulating on the internet via email and Facebook. WE CAUTION readers to take this story with a grain of salt until we receive some independent confirmation, but stories of Emergency 211 calls not being answered are becoming a weekly event. Incidents of Barbados Police being a bit shy or late to respond to gun calls are also becoming more common. Commissioner Dottin remains silent about this life-critical failing. We’ve written about that here and here but that’s only a small sample of what people are hearing and talking about.

Commissioner Dottin: Why isn’t the 211 Police Emergency number being answered?

Here is the current email with the names, email addresses and other details of the victim removed. The full version circulating has many personal details that we’re not about to publish hereā€¦

Last night around 12:30am former Fort George resident “H” was robbed at gunpoint outside his current residence at Rendezvous Ridge where he resides with his mum and grandmother. I spoke with “J” this morning and she advised that “H” parked on the curb outside the house (being the last in and the yard was full) and immediately as he opened the car door a gun was placed on his cheek and he was ordered out of the car. He was ordered to hand over his wallet, cell phone and jewelry and then the two assailants got into a green sedan parked nearby and drove away. A combination of youth and _ _ _ _ _ then ensured that he started his own car and gave chase and followed the car into Sergeants Village where the car was parked. At that point “H” drove to the nearest pay phone and dialed 211 and got no answer so he was forced to leave and head home to use the home phone and call other police numbers. The police arrived this morning to investigate and were taken to where the green car was last seen (of course it was gone) and take statements etc. “H” confirmed that the man who did the talking did NOT have a foreign accent.

This incident follows another one at the same residence last Saturday night where a man was spotted on the pool deck of the said residence and was chased by “H” and his sister’s boyfriend up the road. During the chase they failed to flag down a passing police car and again on that occasion 211 also failed to provide an answer.

Here’s another story of unanswered 211 Emergency Calls from The Barbados Advocate. You should read it at the Advocate’s website, but as usual we have to reprint the whole story here because that newspaper regularly changes or deletes stories for political and other agendas… Continue reading

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