Asking the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) to join forces with the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) was a necessary step to show criminals Barbados was taking crime prevention seriously.
And the move, according to Attorney General Dale Marshall, has already received positive feedback from the public.
Speaking during a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Christ Church South meeting at St Christopher Primary School on Sunday night, he defended the decision to bolster the police with the soldiers.
“An upsurge in criminal activity can unravel all the gains we have made . . . and when society is burdened by this activity, it paralyses people. People need to interact in a community, but when you have people shutting their doors at 6 p.m. and are too mortified to go outside, that community is going to die because the activities which build social cohesion are gone,” he said.