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A number of legislative amendments are expected to be introduced following extensive collaboration with members of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF).

Acting Attorney General, Michael Lashley, made this disclosure over the weekend, while delivering the feature address at a retirement function held for Officers attached to the Bridgetown Division, at Solidarity House.

Mr. Lashley stated that proposed amendments to the legislation linked to the sale of gold would empower the RPBF to implement measures to control the theft of gold, copper and other metals which were being sold for personal gain.

In addition, he revealed that amendments to the Evidence Act, which will be proclaimed shortly, have been designed to assist members of the Force in using modern technology during interviewing of suspects, and also in matching the profile of suspects.

???The use of current technology means that officers can produce results which are transparent and are less likely to be challenged in a Court of Law,??? he explained.

In addition, Mr. Lashley mentioned that recently, the substantive Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, with funding from the European Union, to reinforce Barbados??? inter-agency collaboration at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

He explained that the MOU would enable the island???s border security forces to work together as they accessed international databases on the movement of passengers and cargo.

???The inter-agency team at the airport, a Joint Airport Interdiction Task Force comprising representatives of the Police, Customs and Immigration Departments, will receive specialised training in recognising suspicious activity related to the movement of contraband, and will be able to work together to dismantle such activity,??? he said.

theresa.blackman@barbados.gov.bb

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