Barbados Police Enforce Shirt-Tucking

Barbados Police Enforce Shirt-Tucking

In the town in which you live, imagine the police gently but firmly telling schoolkids to tuck their shirts in. It happens here in Barbados and is one reason I love this place. Decorum and deportment matter.

Everywhere in the world, citizens decry the increase in crime. This is true here in Barbados as well. But, overall, this is a kinder society than most. Witness what occurred last Thursday, the last day of school.

Barbados police enforces shirt-tucking amongst school kids.

This Barbados officer tells schoolchildren to tuck in their shirts.

The Nation newspaper reported  that it’s become a tradition on the last day of school for the older schoolkids to descend into Bridgetown and hang out. Some of the kids looked, according to the paper, “most unkempt.”

The paper said that personnel from the Royal Barbados Police Force were “hot on their heels, in an attempt to keep them on the move, ensuring there would be no liming and blocking of store entrances.”  (Liming is hanging out with friends drinking.)

“The officers made sure they brought a sense of discipline to the children,” the paper reported, “many of whom were made to tuck in their shirts, take out earrings, remove excessive jewelery, take off hats, and be appropriately attired in their school uniforms.

“Some students heeded the call instantly, but there were those who attempted to walk away from the law, and had to be given a stern word or a ‘hands-on’ approach to get the job done.
‘Excuse me, push in your shirt for me, please,’ was a frequently heard call on the street that evening.

“Bridgetown store owners welcomed the law’s approach, while sentiments such as ‘I’m glad to see you making them look tidy; you right to make them push in dem shirts officers’ were expressed by parents on the scene.  … At the end of the day,” reported The Nation, “kudos must go to the Royal Barbados Police Force for a job well done on Thursday in The City.”

Kudos indeed.



6 Responses to “Barbados Police Enforce Shirt-Tucking”

  1. [...] Jane also looks at how officers from our Royal Barbados Police Force spend time on the last day of school “assisting” our young folks to tuck in their shirt-tails. A worthwhile task for our police? We have to agree and so does Jane in her article Barbados Police Enforce Shirt-Tucking. [...]

  2. Stephen says:

    Playing football in the local league here, one referee insists we all tuck our shirts in before he’ll allow the game to start. Ridiculous; it’s not in the laws of the game. So we kick off and all pull our shirts out five seconds later …

  3. we have been coming to your lovley island from england now for the last 28 years, and i have to say that the people are all ways helpful to say the least, now i know why, they used to let the police do more here to keep the young one in check, its a pitty we dont take a leaf out of your police force. well done. will be back this august

  4. Carl, good morning. I am struck by how many people i meet who have been coming to Barbados for 20 or 30 years. Barbados is the Caribbean island with the most repeat visitors, yes, but 20-30 times attests to the pull that this island has.

    I’m glad you agree with me regarding our police keeping young people’s shirts tucked in. When “small” behavior like this is kept in check, there’s less chance of bigger issues occurring amongst our young people.

    Enjoy Barbados in August! Thanks for writing, Carl.

  5. nanci says:

    they don’t have nothing else to do than ask kids to tuck in their shirts, amazing if you call them about a crime they don’t come, but find it amazing to harass kids, its their clothes they can do whatever they want. How is a non tucked in shirt, going to evolve in crime.

  6. kazro says:

    Thanks to the Royal Police force in Barbados for setting a standard higher than most other countries. I teach in Toronto most of the children in grade 4 and 5 could do with this type of discipline.

    For those who dont know the shirt tail out is a key element in bullying.

    Kujos to the menbers of the force, keep up the good work, teaching the young ones respect.

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