Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle’s 2020 Policing Plan was tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday and revealed a number of planned efforts to combat crime in The Bahamas.
“The priorities that I have identified encapsulate the direction in which the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) is heading,” the plan said.
“Property crimes and antisocial behavior will receive the attention that is required to address those issues.
“Similarly, crimes against the person, particularly at-risk groups, will receive the attention to minimize the attractiveness of human trafficking, forced labor and victimization.
“Our streets have become a danger zone and as such, much attention will be given to restoring order and respect for other road users.”
The document, which listed seven priority areas, was tabled by Minister of National Security Marvin Dames.
According to the plan, priority number one for the force is the prevention and reduction of crime. The police will focus on hotspots and repeat offenders, increase the use of geographical information system (GIS) maps to “inform and guide crime briefings”, and heighten police visibility through intentional and ongoing patrols, as well as other efforts.
Priority two is strengthening the financial crime investigations branch, and increasing “the capacity of police to develop the competencies to effectively respond to high level complicated financial and cybercrime and trace, seize and forfeit the proceeds of the crimes”.
Rolle, who previously headed the RBPF Anti-Corruption Unit, which was formed under the current Minnis administration, wrote that the goal is to increase money laundering prosecutions and convictions, disrupt the benefits of criminal enterprises and confiscate more proceeds of crime.
“We will strengthen the financial crime investigations branch,” the plan read.
“The financial crime unit and the anti-corruption unit will continue to conduct financial crime investigations, money laundering, terrorist financing investigations and parallel investigations into proceeds of crime.”
According to Rolle’s plan, priority three is public and road safety and priority four is protecting people at risk of harm, particularly “at-risk vulnerable and marginalized people and victims of gender-based violence, exploitation and abuse”.
Priority five is positive youth interaction and reduction of antisocial behavior, which deals with “the preparedness of the police to professionally police events, nightlife and schools to cause a reduction or elimination of anti-social behavior.”
Priority number six is internal service delivery and public confidence, and number seven is technology and police operations, where the force will seek to improve the “competency and readiness of the police to embrace technological advancements in law enforcement and to take advantage of those technologies to enhance their roles in effecting its mandate.”
The seventh priority is technology, according to the plan.
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