While he did not provide statistics, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said yesterday that crime in The Bahamas is trending down.
“We are trending down,” Ferguson said at police headquarters.
“I think everybody can see that from the numbers, in terms of homicides. We are not as high in armed robberies. Are we satisfied with the way armed robberies are? Absolutely not. We will do our best to make sure that we bring it right down.”
Ferguson noted that the reduction in murders is a “combined effort”.
“The hardworking officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, along with the citizens of the communities, they realize how important it is to work together. Working together you certainly see a reduction in crime.”
Asked if he intends to release crime statistics, he said, “I heard some people misquote me. When I last spoke to the press, I indicated to the press in January that I will come back and give them an update as to how we are doing and determine whether or not the plan that I’ve put out, the policing plan, whether or not there is anything that needs to be changed.
“I did exactly that. Some people tend to tell me what I say. But that is exactly what I said. I never said I would issue statistics.
“People have got to understand, to give the commissioner an opportunity. He created the plan. Allow him to roll the plan out.
“I’m very happy with the direction that the plan is going. It is working well for us.”
Pressed on if he will release crime statistics, Ferguson said, “Statistics will be released at the end of the year as usual. That is the uniform standard worldwide, when statistics are released.
“You don’t count the chickens before they hatch.”
When he spoke to the press in July, Ferguson said crime was down overall for the first half of the year. Ferguson also indicated yesterday that the force is preparing to roll out body cameras for all front-line officers.
“You can expect to see them soon,” he said.
“We are in discussions with the various companies, and we are just about completed the testing that we launched a couple of months ago. So, very, very soon.”
Education: College of The Bahamas, English