Innocent people ‘at risk’
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“This is a situation that cannot go unchallenged since gun violence can result in innocent people being injured or killed as a result of feuding gang members.”
He said several factors had been identified as responsible for the increased criminal activity.
“The research conducted within the past year identified several criminal risk factors that span all sectors in Barbados. When these risk factors were ranked according to frequency, the breakdown of the family, poor parenting, drug abuse and a lack of positive role models were identified as the primary contributing factors.”
Brathwaite pointed out that increased gang activity was not unique to Barbados as the Caribbean had witnessed more gun violence over the past ten years, which “was threatening the stability and security across the region”.
The over 50 people who attended the consultation representing various organisations or causes were placed into five groups: education and youth; policy development and employment; substance abuse and mental health; treatment and rehabilitation, and social and community responsibilty.
The consultation continues today.