Changes In Ministerial Duties

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A number of Ministerial responsibilities have been reassigned from the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Office of the Attorney General, Government announced today. The departments affected are: The Police Administration and Preservation of Public Order, the Forensic Services Centre, the Criminal Justice Research Unit and the Police Complaints Authority. These changes are effective immediately. See also: READ MORE Government …

Alternative Solutions Needed To Fight Crime

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Top Stories

Strong law enforcement is not enough to respond to the causes and long-term effects of crime. And, Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, has called on all stakeholders in the fight to identify the drivers of crime, engage all members of the public in discussions and come up with viable solutions. He issued this charge as he addressed the preliminary …

Churches Urged To Do More For Youth

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Barbados recorded 100 gun-related deaths, mainly of young men, and committed by young men, between 2010 and 2017, and churches and citizens are being urged to step up and do more to assist. This call was made by Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, as he addressed a church service at the Sanctuary Empowerment Centre on Sunday to mark the …

Use Music To Stem Violence

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

“Put your money where your mouth is and invest in Barbados’ youth!” That’s the challenge being put forward by Director of the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit, Cheryl Willoughby, to musicians and entertainers, as they called for a greater integration of music into programmes to assist with deviant youth. She pointed out that in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, …

New Approach For At-Risk Families

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

The time has come for a different approach to target at-risk families to ensure that they get the required help. This was one of the solutions put forward during the second town hall meeting on Parenting and Socialisation in a Changing Society amidst concerns that intervention programmes offered by various institutions were not reaching those for whom they were intended. …

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 …

Parenting & Socialisation Meeting Nov. 8

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

The public is invited to a town hall meeting on the topic:  Parenting and Socialisation in a Changing Society, this Wednesday, November 8, at the Alexandra School, Queen Street, Speightstown, St. Peter, beginning at 7:00 p.m. This is the second of three town hall meetings being hosted by the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit as part of the activities …

Meeting On Gun Violence On Nov. 1

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

Members of the public are invited to a town hall meeting on the topic:  Tackling Gun Violence in Our Communities, tomorrow, Wednesday, November 1, at the Princess Margaret Secondary School, Six Roads, St. Philip, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is the first of three being hosted by the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit as part of the activities …

Focus On Reducing Crime And Violence

Julia Rawlins-Bentham Ministry News

Reducing Crime and Violence in Our Communities will take centre stage when the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit (CJRPU) observes Crime Awareness Month 2017, from November 1 to 30. A number of activities highlighting and prompting discussion on the objectives of the various organisations of the criminal justice system, including crime prevention, will take place this month. In this …

Link Between School Drop Outs & Criminals?

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There is a need for education officials in Barbados to examine the link between the dropout rate in schools and the propensity of such persons to commit crimes. This was one of the points emerging out of a National Consultation on Violence hosted by the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit (CRJPU) at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium. Senior Research Officer …