Every once in a while the Nation or the Barbados Advocate or the CBC run a “feel good” story about our Royal Barbados Police Force – usually after some scandal that brings international attention to the failings of our understaffed, under-trained, under-paid bunch of temporary workers charged with keeping people safe on this rock.
“Of course Crawford confessed to a particular knowledge of the crime, who wouldn’t? How long could one man tolerate a serious beating at the CID?”
BFP reader Mark Fenty on Commissioner Dottin says accused rapist Derick Crawford confessed
The last big scandal was an innocent man Derrick Crawford jailed for two years waiting for his trial for the rape of two Brit tourists who said he wasn’t the rapist. Before that the scandal was the police covering up the “apparent murder” of Clinton Norton who was tortured to death and found with blood in his lungs and sand in his nostrils and mouth – dead inside a store burglary with no sand on the floor! Then there was the finger rape of Jamaican tourist Myrie and the Terry Schwarzfeld and Colin Peter murders and attending police foul-ups. We could go on and on but you get the message: our police aren’t exactly world class.
Let me translate that for you…
Now in the wake of the Derrick Crawford foul-up where the only evidence against him was a “confession”, Police Commissioner Dottin is in the papers telling police to “avoid over reliance on confessions to solve crime,”
The real meaning of the Commissioner’s message to his officers? “Stop beating confessions out of people.”
And of course in the news article there is the obligatory mention that videotaping of all confessions is coming “soon”. Sure! LOL! Like it was coming “soon” 10 years ago!
Have a look at Barbados Today’s Uncouth SSU Cops, then…
We encourage our readers to go to the website of The Nation to read this news story, but we have to print the whole thing here because that paper has a history of changing the news. Read No need to rely on confession
No need to rely on confession
STRESSING the need to avoid over reliance on confessions to solve crime, Commissioner of Police, Darwin Dottin, has urged lawmen to remember the importance of science, technology and the collection of evidence.
Speaking at a “Crime Scene First Responder” course conducted by the Regional Security System (RSS) at Paragon base in Christ Church yesterday evening, Dottin reminded the 28 participants that any case based solely on admissions, could collapse easily.
He said that confessions could feed public perception of unethical behaviour by police officers, adding that he was pleased that the time was coming soon for the electronic recording of interviews with suspects, that would engender the trust the country seeks.
Dottin, this island’s top cop since September 2003, said the four day stint which was sponsored by the Canadian Government, was more than just a training course but was a chance to improve regional capacity.
The Commissioner said courses like those were important in the fight against crime and disorder which he said stunts economic development and erodes the quality of life. (MK)