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 …

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: Marijuana Discussion Not Closed

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Barbados has not closed its mind to the medicinal properties of the marijuana plant. In fact, according to Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, there were opportunities under the present legal regime to write to the head of the Drug Service for permission or get a doctor to provide a prescription so the capsule or oil could be sourced. He made these …

US Assistance For Local Law Enforcement

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Matters pertaining to the training and equipment needs of the Royal Barbados Police Force and how that organisation could be enhanced were discussed when a United States (US) delegation paid a courtesy call on Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, earlier this week. Suggestions on how Barbados could strengthen its border security were also advanced during the visit, which was led by …