Minister of National Security Marvin Dames yesterday touted the downward trend in crime and attributed the decrease to the police force’s adjustment of operational strategies.
Addressing the graduation and passing out parade of three police squads, Dames said, “A number of new policy initiatives and adjusted operational strategies have resulted in positive changes in crime trends that we now see emerging.
“Despite the most recent tragic incidents, which have generated much debate and concern, murders are 26 percent lower than they were in 2017.
“While we are encouraged by the fact that overall crime figures continue to trend downward, we remain cognizant that there is a considerable amount of work ahead. But make no mistake about it: our government remains committed and will not rest until crime and the fear of crime are brought to reducible levels.
“These decreases and other successes did not occur by happenstance or luck, but by carefully thought-out and deliberate policy changes and strategic adjustments in the way our law enforcement agencies cooperate, coordinate and execute.
“We are heading in the direction we want to go, and our Bahamian society can look forward to a future of increased peace and tranquility.”
According to statistics released by police on Wednesday, murders and shootings have seen significant decreases compared to the same time last year.
Rape, however, increased by 12 percent.
There were 55 incidents of rape between January 1 and December 18 this year, compared to 49 last year, police said.
Shootings decreased by 39 percent, with 67 occurring so far this year, compared to 110 the same time last year.
With 89 murders having been recorded so far for the year, murders have seen a 26 percent decrease.
This compares to 120 murders around the same time last year, according to police.
However, there has been a spike in murders this month.
The count climbed by 11 in 15 days.
Dames added yesterday, “As criminality evolves and becomes more sophisticated, the government of The Bahamas is committed to ensuring and providing cutting-edge technology associated with worldwide industry standards.
“Drones, body cameras, artificial intelligence and shot spotter technology are just a few of the innovative crime-fighting tools that the government will be providing to our law enforcement agencies in its efforts to aid in the further reduction of crime.”