SENATOR MICHELA BARNETT ELLIS CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO AGGRESSIVELY ADDRESS THE STATE OF CRIME & KEEP THE COUNTRY SAFE

Oct 7, 2022

Since Sunday, we have had three murders in what many Bahamians acknowledge as shocking circumstances. Two of these heinous acts happened in public places. Our thoughts and prayers are not only with the victims and their families but also with those persons who were witnesses to the cold and calculated attacks. We cannot live in a community where we are worried that we may be in the wrong place at the wrong time and the person next to us may become the country’s next murder victim in front of our eyes, or, even worse, in front of our children. Even the Minister of National Security has acknowledged that the murder rate is escalating.

There have been high profile meetings and consultants engaged but the impact of these photo opportunities remains to be seen. We continue to wait for the government to articulate its plan to fight crime and stop pawning off responsibility for anticrime policies solely onto the shoulders of the police command structure. It is not enough to say it’s the police force’s job to fight crime. Indeed, Police Commissioner Clayton Fernander had asserted less than two months ago that he fully believed the year would close with fewer than 100 murders on the books. We now stand at the unconscionable count of 104 murders in the first ten months of this year. Each one must reach one: that is one key way that we can interrupt this escalation and stop violence!

The Prime Minister must lead the charge in coordinating the various stakeholders in

addressing crime prevention, enforcement and rehabilitation. Furthermore, we call on the government to aggressively engage in this matter and find a way to facilitate the work of law enforcement to keep the country safe. That is one of the government’s most important jobs, and we demand they do it!

Senator the Hon. Michela Barnett

October 5, 2022

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