FNM Leadership is Creating Safer Communities

Mar 5, 2021

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the Minnis Administration’s moves to enhance the technological arm of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF):

“When the FNM Government took over, murder rates were sadly hitting record highs each year and crime was running rampant. From the outset of the Minnis Administration they went to work seeking to have a real impact towards reductions in crime. And to date, its efforts are getting results as it continues to raise the bar for fighting crime in The Bahamas.

“Recently bringing the Real Time Crime Centre in Nassau – a $20 million facility to house the state-of-the-art technological arm of the RBPF – online, is another important tool in the country’s ability to take a holistic approach to tackling the crime issue. This technology is modernizing the ways in which the RBPF is able to prevent crime and is a further demonstration of the Minnis Administration’s strong commitment to fighting crime in The Bahamas.

“The implementation of ShotSpotter technology throughout New Providence has enabled the police to better identify and locate gunshots in real time so that officers can more quickly respond to the scene of gunfire and prevent further crimes from occurring. In 2020, 44 percent of gunshots were confirmed using ShotSpotter technology, directly resulting in 13 arrests. This is a significant percentage, and one that will only increase as the ShotSpotter censors are installed to cover all areas of New Providence.

“We aren’t far removed from the days of the previous administration where crime flooded the streets while the woeful PLP Government’s answer was to harangue the public and the press for focusing on the ‘negative’. Their horrifying indifference and incompetence led to over 600 murders in their 5-year term.

“Under Prime Minister Minnis and his Administration we now have a stark contrast to those days, with a Government committed to investing in the modernization of the RBPF and taking the necessary steps to prevent crime. They will continue working tirelessly to make our communities safer for all Bahamians and their progress is getting results.”



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