Guns, domestic violence concern cops

The continued proliferation of firearms and the “scourge” of domestic violence are two of the major issues the Barbados Police Service is focused on, says Commissioner Richard Boyce.

In giving a review of 2023 yesterday during the first day of their two-day annual grand conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Boyce said domestic violence incidents did not appear to be on the decline.“

Another social problem that has engaged our attention in 2023 is the scourge of domestic violence. Notwithstanding the fact . . . the intent of the law seeks to make greater provision for the safety of victims of domestic violence and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions, and despite the greater intervention of the police in these cases, there is no evidence to suggest any abatement of these complaints,” he said.

Boyce said there were 572 reported cases of domestic violence compared to 471 in 2022, with the most prevalent acts being assault and woundings, which made up 55 per cent of the cases. (CA)

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