Dear Barbados Free Press:
The police are requesting that all staff and contractors at Sugar Hill voluntarily submit for fingerprinting in relation to some break-ins at the resort. Is this legal? Will they also be fingerprinting guests who stayed at the resort? What about friends of owners? People eating at the restaurant during that time? What will happen to the fingerprints?
This seems wrong and a bit racist. While it appears voluntary, there seems that there might be consequences if you refuse.
Has this fingerprinting been done before at other crime scenes? If something was stolen at a school will the police now be fingerprinting all students and all teachers? If something was stolen at Parliament, will Miss Mottley and Mr. Stuart “be first in line” like Sugar Hill Resort’s operations manager volunteers? Where is this going? Is this the new normal for the Barbados Police?
The email from Sugar Hill Resort management…
Date: 6 March 2013
Subject: RBPF Finger Printing Staff at Sugar Hill
As you are aware our file was passed to the Major Crimes Department in the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF). They have requested that all Staff with access to the Estate be finger printed as they are in possession of some forensic evidence, finger prints, from properties that suffered burglaries. See attached their letter of request.
The program will be on Tuesday the 12th March through to Thursday the 14th of March in the Members Lounge from 9am to 11am.
Therefore I ask You and or Your Villa Managers to comply with their request and advise all the staff and regular contractors accordingly.
In order to control this process the Sugar Hill Reception will be taking the names and dates preferred for staff to be finger printed. Also be aware that the RBPF have the names of the staff working on the Estate and may be questioning why someone does not turn up to be finger printed.
Ps I will be the first in line.
Sugar Hill Resort