Bahamas Prime Minister outlines plans to fight crime and corruption

September 17, 2019

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 2, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of The Bahamas’ fight against crime and corruption will be comprehensive and vigorous, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said.   This includes working with community-based partners to change the culture of violence in local communities through the establishment of neighbourhood safety programmes, the elimination of habitats where criminality flourishes, and the use of state-of-the-art technology to fight crime including gunshot detection devices; social media exploitation technologies and drones, etcetera.Plans will also include the establishment of a National Neighbourhood Consultative Council “to oversee and promote Neighbourhood Watch Programmes and organizations.”Additional plans call for the strengthening of Defence Force satellite bases presence/operations in the northern, central, southern and southeastern Bahamas and implementing aggressive measures to address trafficking of narcotics, firearms, trafficking in persons, illegal immigration and poaching.“We must fight crime and corruption at every level.   This includes criminal violence and those who abuse their high office and engage in corrupt practices,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“As a society, we too often ignore the causes of crime and the criminal elements in our midst. The fight against crime is the responsibility of all Bahamians and residents.”Delivering the keynote address during the Handover Ceremony of the Office of Commissioner of Police at Police Headquarters, Monday, Dr. Minnis said his Administration will implement a number of other strategies to fight crime and corruption in The Bahamas.   These include developing a no-tolerance attitude for all crime including minor infractions of the law such as road traffic violations; indiscriminate dumping; broken lights; tinted windows on cars; and the non-use of seat belts.The Government will also develop a modern, efficient crime-fighting machine properly manned, trained and equipped to prevent crime where possible, detect crime when it occurs and bring those responsible to account before the courts.Prime Minister Minnis said additional plans call for the conduct of a comprehensive review of Police Officers’ compensation; reinstitution of Term Limits for the Commissioner of Police; institution of Term Limits for the Commodore of the Defence Force and Commissioner of Corrections; and reorganization of the Police Reserves.By: Matt Maura (BIS)last_img

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