BDF continuing relief efforts today
MORE AND MORE FEMALES are committing violent acts of crime.
In fact, according to Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, a recent study has shown that compared to the 1980s, they were now twice as likely to be involved.
Describing the development as a “worrisome trend”, Brathwaite said although males were still the chief offenders, females must also be targeted for intervention.
“In recent times, we have witnessed a worrisome trend among our females. Research conducted over the past six months has identified that in the 1980s, boys were four times as likely as girls to be arrested for a violent crime,” he said during yesterday’s National Consultation On Violence at the Gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
“Today, boys are only twice as likely as girls to be arrested for violent crimes. Therefore, our females must also be targeted for intervention, given that the nature of crime in Barbados is rapidly changing.
“Based on this research, it is clear that crime is a result of social issues that must be addressed with social interventions,” he added.
Delivering a presentation on a gang study done two years ago, senior research officer at the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit, Kim Ramsay, said females were now featuring more prominently in gangs.
She said while most gangs were still made up predominantly of males, there was a small but growing percentage of gangs that were females.
Ramsay said during a recent programme at HMP Dodds, a few women had identified themselves as being gang members.
She added there was a perception that females played a bigger role than believed.
“They act as couriers, they carry the weapons and drugs, they act as lookouts, as bait by utilising sex and feminine prowess, and they are used as recruiters. Some are the masterminds and managers as women are more educated,” Ramsay said she was told by a law enforcement official.
Additionally, she told the gathering that females were involved in drug trafficking, prostitution, smuggling weapons into events, infiltrating other gangs and collecting information.
She said while women were often underlooked, they played major roles, with some of them even “calling the shots in some gangs”.
Ramsay said research had also shown there was a strong female presence on the blocks. ( RB) ANOTHER CONTINGENT of Barbados Defence Force (BDF) personnel will be going to Dominica today to continue their relief and humanitarian efforts.
So said public relations officer Captain Maria Moore, during an interview session at BDF headquarters, St Ann’s Fort, yesterday with soldiers who were deployed throughout the Caribbean to assist with the relief efforts after the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The team leaves on the HMBS Rudyard Lewis for another twoweek deployment and will be made up of personnel previously deployed.
“We envisage that we may be in Dominica maybe until as far down as February next year, because there is a lot of structural damage that we need to assist with as part of the CARICOM force that will put its efforts intothe rebuilding of Dominica,” Moore said.
During the interview, 17 soldiers from diverse specialty areas shared their experience during the missions in Dominica, British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos. (LK)