Address to the Nation by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley – July 14, 2022. (PMO)

The spate of crime in Barbados has the attention of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, and she will speak on the issue shortly.

Ms. Mottley said over the course of the next week to 10 days, she will have conversations addressing issues relating to social security, and a whole of nation approach to how to treat crime. 

She added that she would be reinforcing the recent messages of Attorney General Dale Marshall and Commissioner of Police Richard Boyce.

The Prime Minister stated: “Every citizen of this country must recognise that we need a whole of country approach if we are to overcome all of these challenges, not just the inflationary ones, but the ones that are hitting us all at once, whether they are social, or related to crime, economics or environmental.”

She made the comments during an address to the nation on Thursday to discuss a number of initiatives her Government would be introducing to help Barbadians cope, as food and oil prices continue to escalate across the world.

Ms. Mottley told her audience: “The attempts to keep everyone’s head above water requires that mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, families and friends must not uphold those whose involvement in reckless and criminal activity are undermining our best efforts nationally and internationally.

“Not only does it compromise the safety of all of us, but it compromises our capacity to attract tourism and other investment revenue that keeps our people in jobs and keeps our heads above water, and that keeps us being able as a government to do more to help you as citizens.”

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