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Neighborhood watch parade set for Saturday

The National Neighborhood Watch Council (NNWC) is hosting a parade this Saturday to take a stand against crime on New Providence.

The parade begins at Christie Park on Nassau Street at 1 p.m. and ends at Arawak Cay.

“Enough is enough,” Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean  said yesterday.

“They (NNWC) have reached that crossroad and they are going to do something for their community.

“They are not going to allow the criminal elements to be the superstars in the community.

“Neighbors are taking back their community…”

The NNWC was launched on April 30, 2018, with an aim to help Bahamians make their residential areas safer from crime.

“The council, which is made up of a neighborhood watch group leader, and civil society, is designed to provide evidence-based crime prevention support, and guidance, to existing neighborhood watch programs,” Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis noted during the launch ceremony in 2018.

“The council will also facilitate the establishment and strengthening of new neighborhood watch programs throughout the country, including the inner-city communities of New Providence.

“This program will also bridge the gap between the police and the community, in partnerships, to address crime-related issues affecting neighborhoods.”

This parade is another step in that direction.

Speaking to the effectiveness of the NNWC, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday that it is a huge help to national security.

“Listen, we’ve come a long way,” Dames said.

“Last year we would have had record crime reductions.

“This year, although we’re early in the year, we’re beginning to see a downward trend.

“We’re not going to stop every homicide.

“We’re not going to stop every shooting.

“But it’s initiatives like this one that will certainly go a long way in helping us to achieve our goal, which is a continued downward reduction of crime nationally, especially serious crimes.”

Hundreds of residents from various communities are expected to attend the parade. Members of the public are invited to get involved with their respective neighborhood watch team.

Laurent Rolle

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Laurent started at The Nassau Guardian in May 2018 as a paginator. He transitioned to reporting in February 2019. Laurent has covered multiple crime stories. He is the author of “Yello”, which was published in February 2019.
Education: Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) 3rd Year

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