The government will move forward with signing a contract for the MARCO Alert system in two weeks, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced yesterday.
Minnis made the announcement at the opening of the newly renovated Rolleville Police Station on Exuma.
He cited the MARCO system in a list of crime-fighting and security measures his administration has invested in since coming to office in 2017.
“This administration is reversing the state of disrepair and neglect that we inherited,” he said.
“Since coming to office, we have invested over $17 million in equipment and technology for the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
“These crime-fighting and security investments include…the implementation of the MARCO Alert system to provide a secure and reliable network to disseminate information to the public at a cost of $3,053,925.28.
“…The contract signing for this will take place in two weeks.”
The introduction of the alert, which was named after 11-year-old Marco Archer who was murdered in 2011, has been delayed several times.
The day Archer disappeared, authorities told his relatives they had to wait 24 hours before investigating, according to the late former Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage.
Public demand for the system resurfaced earlier this year when there was a string of child abductions on New Providence in a period of only a few weeks.
The system is expected to be similar to the U.S. Amber Alert, which is a voluntary partnership involving law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies and the wireless industry to activate an urgent bulletin in serious child abduction cases.