On March 29, U.S. Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela joined Barbados Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite and Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Livingston Eversley in recognizing the successful culmination of an Embassy-sponsored four-week series of community workshops focusing on domestic violence.
The workshops constituted a critical element of a multi-phased pilot program in the Royal Barbados Police Force’s Southern Division. The program is planned to spread nationally and, at the same time, provide a model approach for police agencies region-wide. The 25 graduates, representing a diverse swath of citizen volunteers, were exposed to and had the opportunity to practice a self-assessment of personal intervention styles, a four-step community problem-solving model, and a presentation on the domestic violence resources within the Royal Barbados Police Force’s Family Conflict Unit. The Embassy’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) provided the necessary supportive expertise for the program with a two-person training and facilitation team.
In remarks delivered to the program participants at the Valley Resource Center in St. George, Ambassador Taglialatela emphasized “It is only through the synergies found in community engagement that the police can truly aspire to be effective in proactive crime-fighting and peacekeeping. Your awareness, thoughtful intervention and, frankly, your calibrated outrage against domestic violence will prove to be the deciding factor in this fight.”
The Ambassador and the Attorney General awarded certificates to program participants while the Acting Assistant Police Commissioner used the event to also distribute uniform pins to police officers who had previously completed ICITAP’s Domestic Violence training.