Former Barbadian top Cop suggests media plan for Castries police and rest of region

A former top Barbados police officer, asserting that traditionally police forces in the region have shied away from the press, has said here that police forces in the region ought to have an official policy for dealing with the media.

Bertie Hinds, a former Barbados Deputy Police Commissioner, is now an independent Consultant and one of the facilitators at the Canadian-funded IMPACT training workshop for Saint Lucian police officers being held at the Coco Palm resort. (FILE IMAGE)

Hinds told reporters (in St Lucia) that traditionally police forces have avoided the media because of a lack of knowledge about how to use the media.

“Some of us saw the press as our enemies,” he stated.

However Hinds dismissed that view as (outdated), asserting that modern day thinking is that an official relationship can be forged with the media by way of an internal police policy on press relations.

He suggested that such a policy could be three-tiered with one tier at the very senior level of the police force, another at the middle management level and one at the station command level with different areas of responsibility and authority to speak. (FOR THE REST OF THE STORY, CLICK HERE)

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