Barbados To Increase Entry Port Surveillance

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Law enforcement officials are moving to increase surveillance and vigilance at Barbados??? ports of entry following an increase in gun crimes.

This was revealed by Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, who noted that based on intelligence, there was an upsurge in the use of guns and small arms in Barbados.

The Minister said he had already convened a meeting with Acting Commissioner of Police, Tyrone Griffith, and Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Seymour Cumberbatch, about the issue.

???One of the things we are going to do is get [officials from the] Customs Department to come and sit down with us because guns are coming in through our ports of entry. We have to be more vigilant, even at the Post Office,??? he stated.

Mr. Brathwaite said the vigilance would also extend to fishermen when they go out to sea. ???We have to do more random checks, even with our own fishermen when they go out on to the waters. It cannot be business as usual??? I am saying that with traffic [coming] into the country by boat, by air, [or] by cargo, we are going to have to pay more attention to it,??? he stated.

julia.rawlins-bentham@barbados.gov.bb

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