Data Collection Critical To Fighting Crime

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Issues related to crime and security and disaster management should be the only two issues on the agenda for the next Heads of Government meeting. That is the recommendation from Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, who said they represented the most crucial areas facing the region at this point in time. “No other issues should be on the agenda because these …

Post Office Challenges Being Addressed

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Challenges being experienced at some post offices across Barbados are being addressed by Government. This assurance has come from Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, who has also appealed to postal workers to “bear with us”, as work is undertaken. Speaking during an awards ceremony and dinner for retired postal workers at the Sea Rocks Dome, Mr. Brathwaite said Government …

Court Backlog Being Addressed

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Accused persons in Barbados will soon have the option of pleading guilty in matters for which they are accused. This was one of the areas discussed over the weekend, when members of the island’s judiciary, attorneys and those who work within the criminal justice system underwent a two-day training course conducted by officials from the National Center for State Courts …

Police Urge Public To Share Information

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Police are continuing their appeal to members of the public to share information about crimes. “We want that if you see something, you say something,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police (Administration), Erwin Boyce. He was addressing a town hall meeting on Tackling Gun Violence in Our Communities at the Princess Margaret Secondary School last Wednesday. Noting that the Royal Barbados …

AG & NIS Chairman Clear Air On Fund

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Investments in Government projects from the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) are not a “free pass”. Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, made this clear as he sought to set the record straight over the NIS’ investment in the Citizen Security Facilities Project which involves the restoration and construction of police stations across the island. “The NIS receives a significant return on investment …

Cybersecurity Strategy For Barbados

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With crime in Barbados becoming more organised and with greater threats to cybersecurity, efforts are under way to establish a National Cybersecurity Strategy to provide the island with “a robust cyber defence”. This was disclosed by Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, as he delivered remarks during the first annual conference of the Department of Public Prosecutions under the theme: Strengthening our …

AG: Vision For Problem Solving Courts

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With the Drug Treatment Court (DTC) up and running in Barbados, Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, has shared his vision for a problem-solving court model to be spread across the island. He said these courts could focus on commercial and family matters, as well as on persons with mental health issues. “At least a third of the people in prison could …

CARICOM Officials Visit Turks & Caicos & The Bahamas

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(Pictured above) Damage to homes in the Turks and Caicos Islands following the passage of two Category 5 hurricanes. (S. St. Hill/BGIS) When an RSS2 aircraft touched down at the Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands a few weeks ago, it was the continuation of a series of visits to the various islands severely impacted by the …

Attorney General: Consider Criminal Law

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Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, has challenged 53 new attorneys to consider criminal law as an option. He said with an unacceptable 700 individuals on remand at HMP Dodds Prison, and plea bargaining set to commence within the “next couple of weeks”, there were not enough attorneys practising at the criminal Bar. Mr. Brathwaite expressed these concerns during a Special Sitting …

Tougher Laws Coming To Fight Crime

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Gang members and gang leaders, whether male or female, could find themselves facing between 20 and 25 years in prison respectively when the Anti-Gang legislation is passed in Barbados. Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, made this disclosure during the opening of the National Consultation on Violence hosted by the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit (CJRPU) at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium …