National CariSECURE Task Force Launched

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Barbados has established a national task force under the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Citizen Security in the Caribbean (CariSECURE) project, designed to provide crime solutions through a data-based approach. The task force, officially launched on Wednesday at United Nations House, comprises several key stakeholders within the criminal justice system. Delivering the feature address, Attorney General and Minister …

Collaboration Key To Tackling Human Trafficking

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Efforts to combat human trafficking in the region require a collaborative approach, primarily focused on sensitisation about the issue and the steps being taken to eradicate it. This was the consensus expressed during yesterday’s opening of a two-day conference/workshop on human trafficking in the Caribbean, at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael. Facilitated by Washington-based global advisory and specialist strategy firm, …

Barbados Labelled A Leader In Drug Fight

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Barbados has been described as a leader in the Caribbean and the hemisphere in its fight to treat drug abuse offenders. The island’s Drug Treatment Court and other treatment programmes came in for high praise from Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), Adam Namm, during a courtesy call today on Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite. …

Commitment To Eliminate Corporal Punishment

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Barbados remains committed to eliminating corporal punishment in keeping with its agreement to protect the Rights of the Child. And, while Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite believes the time has come to eliminate corporal punishment, he admits that greater discussion and dialogue are needed on the issue before it is accepted by society. He made these comments this morning during a …

Barbados’ Governance Structure Is Sound

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Barbados can boast of a good governance structure, as it approaches its 51st Anniversary of Independence. This point was highlighted by Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, as he delivered remarks during the 42nd Sir Winston Scott Memorial Lecture at the Frank Collymore Hall on Monday night. “Some accept the mark of good governance at the country level include… accountability, political stability …

Police Now Have Better Accommodations

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Plans to provide better accommodations for police officers are progressing smoothly, and Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, has indicated that more improvements will be coming next year. Last Friday, the Minister told lawmen that plans were already in place to officially open the Cane Garden, St. Thomas facility on January 3. “We are awaiting furniture and a few other minor touches.  …

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 …