The Barbados anti-crime initiative, ‘ Operation Restore Order’, will continue into 2023.
The operation has brought soldiers from the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) and police officers into a new crime-fighting unit, increasing visibility in crime hot spots.
“This will run well into the New Year. It signals our resolve to root out lawless behaviour. As always, we are willing to work with those other agencies that have a part to play in this endeavour,” Commissioner of Police Richard Boyce said.
In a Christmas message, Boyce also announced using modern technology to improve efficiency and serve citizens better.
For example, he explained that officers are now deployed with body-worn cameras.
“This signals our acceptance of the need for openness and accountability during our interaction with the public,” the Barbados top cop stated.
And Boyce declared that gun crime continues to be a stubborn problem.
“As citizens of this country, we all feel the effects,” he observed.
However, Boyce recalled that teams worked diligently during the year to resolve the problem, effecting arrests and realising a record number of gun seizures.
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