Statement from Barbados Police on continuing investigation – Rasheeda Bascombe

The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) being cognizance that it was reported in the press that the body of Rasheeda Bascombe was not recovered, believes it is in the public’s interest to restate its position that the investigation regarding the disappearance of Rasheeda Bascombe remains an on-going investigation, despite the fact that someone has been charged for murder.

Consistent with that position, members of the RBPF returned to Jackson, St. Michael on Friday the 7th June 2013 and again on Saturday the 8th June 2013 where they conducted a search of a gully at 1st Avenue, Jackson, St. Michael. During the course of the search a number of bones were recovered. These bones will be submitted for forensic analysis to determine first, whether they are human remains and if they are, the second order of business would be to seek to determine the identity of the person.

Consistent with that position, members of the RBPF returned to Jackson, St. Michael on Friday the 7th June 2013 and again on Saturday the 8th June 2013 where they conducted a search of a gully at 1st Avenue, Jackson, St. Michael. During the course of the search a number of bones were recovered. These bones will be submitted for forensic analysis to determine first, whether they are human remains and if they are, the second order of business would be to seek to determine the identity of the person.

In the interim, openness and transparency demand that the RBPF congratulates the people of Jackson, St. Michael for their efforts in trying to find the body of Rasheeda Bascombe. Their commitment truly represents a labour of love, having said that, the RBPF extends sincere gratitude to the public at large for its unwavering support in most matters touching and concerning the disappearance of Rasheeda Bascombe.

The support given demonstrates an understanding and acceptance that partnerships are the surest mechanisms for enhancing human security and engendering greater citizen security. In this regard, the RBPF remains committed to the protection and guarantee of the liberties and rights of the people through control and prevention of crime and disorder.

In closing, as the RBPF’s approach to the disclosure of information has caused some concern to certain members of the public, therefore the Royal Barbados Police Force takes this opportunity to state that it agrees and embraces the postulate of Lord Acton to the effect that everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice, and nothing is safe that does not show it can bear discussion and publicity.

Nonetheless, the actions of the RBPF are constrained by laws, conventions, polices, practices and procedures, thus it has to be very judicious in what it discloses and when it discloses to the public, particularly when the matter is still pending trial (sub judice). In all of its disclosures the RBPF has to balance the public’s right or interest to know against its responsibility to protect and advance the rights and liberties of the individual as well as national security interests.

This is not a straight forward exercise in a liberal democratic society, especially where the claims to these rights and/or interests are enjoined or contested.

  • L. Mark ThompsonAssistant Commissioner (a) i/c of Crime Management and Investigations.

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