26 percent is a huge jump in crime. Someone must be accountable.
Its obvious to me and all Bahamians that this government is completely clueless. At the very least the Minister of National Security should lose his job. He has failed to articulate or execute a consistent or effective anti-crime strategy for the country.
Here are 5 incredible statements from an article in the guardian today
Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage told The Guardian last month the government was considering implementing a gun amnesty period.
“We are discussing it,” he said.
“We haven’t had really successful amnesties, but we are willing to try anything that has a chance of working because the truth be known, if we can get the guns out of the hands of young people the murder rate would go down considerably and this would have a tremendous positive impact on the fear of crime in the society.”
This sounds like someone who is completely lost. Completely out of ideas.
“There are some of us who believe that the most important feature of a police force in terms of being able to prevent a crime from occurring is to have the boots on the ground,” he said.
“…We’re going to need a lot more [police officers] in New Providence.”
Haven’t we heard this before? What I’d like to know is how are these police officers being deployed? What is the overall strategy on the ground?
During his contribution to the mid-year budget debate in the House of Assembly, Wilchcombe said Bahamians need to get angry at those who are committing the crimes.
“I don’t hear the anger,” he said.
“I don’t hear the passion about those who are committing the crime. I’ve not heard anyone stand up and condemn the individuals who are in fact causing this difficulty for our nation.
“We want to blame the politician. We are not responsible for crime. It is our responsibility to resolve the issues but the truth is, Mr. Speaker, where is the anger, where is the passion. Have we not heard it?”
Really now? Are you really going to sit there and blame the Bahamian people? Bahamians are scared as hell. You are right sir, it is your responsibility and you have failed in that responsibility. The gall you have to be talking about you haven’t heard the anger and passion?
Bahamian people have no confidence in the police and the government. So it’s hard for them to stand with you in this fight. Many persons in the ghetto areas where you need the most support from the people don’t trust, like or respect the police.
Here are some ideas
- Find out why those people don’t trust the police and work on fixing that
- Get a better command center. Calls should be answered immediately and the caller should be assisted by the first person they speak to. and 911/919 should NEVER be down.
- Reduce the police response time from 3hours – Never down to 10 minutes or less. Nassau is only 21X7 afterall
- Make sure all officers are fully equipped and prepared. They should all have bullet proof vests, lethal & non lethal weapons (that they’re trained to use) be able to run a mile, have the ability to write a proper report.
- Work on police discipline – pictures and videos of crime scenes should not be leaking and officers should not be making unofficial Whatsapp reports
- Commission (scientific) studies (using qualified persons) to figure out best strategies for turning our young men from crime… And actually implement the recommendations. I believe several of these studies have already been done and by Bahamians too! No need to bring in foreign “consultants”!
- Perform data analysis and trending to figure out where to place your resources efficiently. Then place them there so they can respond in a timely manner (see point#3)
- Stop paying lip service to urban renewal. Either use it correctly or cancel it
- Work with local community organizations regardless of political affiliation
- Focus on a rehabilitation and a path to reintegration for 1st time offenders
Just a few thoughts.