Bridgetown U.S. Embassy urge Caribbean Police to engage new methods of combatting Domestic Violence, be agents of improvement in their Force

The Regional Security System recently concluded a seminar on training Officers to handle Domestic Violence and the session held many eye openers for both the trainers and those participating.

Group incl. - Seated at the front are left to right: Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Erwin Boyce; Director of Training - RSS, ACP Yvonne Alexander; US Embassy rep - (sorry didn't get name!); PS Defence and Security, Gabrielle Springer; US Charge d'Affaires, Aruna Amirthanayagam; course facilitators Donald Lizotte, Marta Fendy and David Dominguez; and RSS Staff Officer, Supt Glen Paul.

Group incl. – Seated at the front are left to right: Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Erwin Boyce;
Director of Training – RSS, ACP Yvonne Alexander; US Embassy representative; PS Defence and Security, Gabrielle Springer;
US Charge d’Affaires, Aruna Amirthanayagam; course facilitators Donald Lizotte, Marta Fendy and David Dominguez; and RSS Staff Officer, Supt Glen Paul.

Deputy Chief Of Mission for the Bridgetown US Embassy, Aruna Amirthanayagam, was very firm in outlining to graduands how the lessons acquired must not stay and wither in the confines of the Courtyard Marriott (where the course was hosted) but instead the knowledge must be shared and placed in real-time use {PLEASE CLICK ON FOLLOWING ICON FOR FULL AUDIO – SMARTPHONE & TABLET USERS CLICK ON Mr Amirthanayagam‘s NAME FOR THE LINK}

Mr Amirthanayagam observed the appropriateness of the workshop, not only how Barbados faced challenges with recent cases of domestic abuse, but the entire region as a whole, which, unfortunately has had challenges over the years with this very scourge {PLEASE CLICK ON FOLLOWING ICON FOR FULL AUDIO – SMARTPHONE & TABLET USERS CLICK ON Mr Amirthanayagam‘s NAME FOR THE LINK}

The Assistant Commissioner of Police for Barbados – Erwin Boyce, also chose to make a bold statement which was met with some consternation, he urged the graduating audience to remind their colleagues on returning to their respective homes that domestic violence is not just males and females; but all types of relationships including the homosexual community and any reports should not be ignored just because the partners are gay or lesbian, that all violence is wrong and must be addressed {PLEASE CLICK ON FOLLOWING ICON FOR FULL AUDIO – SMARTPHONE & TABLET USERS CLICK ON Mr Boyce‘s NAME FOR THE LINK}

ACP Boyce also told participants the Royal Barbados Police Force would be using new equipment to enable the tracking of domestic violence cases to be made easier with the help of audio and video gear, which, while under scrutiny for legal admissibility – can nevertheless put forward a strong plea for definitive action where danger seems present {PLEASE CLICK ON FOLLOWING ICON FOR FULL AUDIO – SMARTPHONE & TABLET USERS CLICK ON Mr Boyce‘s NAME FOR THE LINK}

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