Press Statement By
The Progressive Liberal Party
January 10th 2011
BAHAMIANS HELD HOSTAGE BY FNM INEPTITUDE ON CRIME.
In first nine days of 2011 the Bahamas has recorded three murders. There have been 332 murders and a number of unclassified deaths since 2007. 2011 is on track to set another record!
The FNM 2007 Manifesto assured Bahamians that the FNM has a comprehensive plan to reduce crime and better protect Bahamian families. Crime has escalated. Records levels of murder were recorded in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. What did Bahamians hear from their Government? The DPM speaking on behalf of the Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest said, “The year 2010 has been one of challenge, when violent crime affected the very foundations of our communities. The level of crime and criminality, and the fear of crime, has been unacceptably high”.
The “unacceptable” levels of crime can be laid at the feet of the FNM. It is the responsibility to the Government to provide safe streets and safe communities. The PLP had a plan for crime that was working. Urban Renewal was working. The Bahamian Urban Renewal Plan won several international awards between 2003 and 2006. Several major US cities have successfully implemented Urban Renewal. These cities have seen a reduction in crime.
The FNM stop reviewed and cancelled Swift Justice. Swift Justice was working. For 2 full sessions not one matter dropped off the Court Calendar for a reason within the control of the Attorney General, the Minister of National Security and the Commissioner of Police.
The FNM stopped reviewed and cancelled School Policing. School policing was working. Dangerous weapons are commonplace in our schools. Our schools have become war zones rather than places of learning.
The FNM stopped the plan for digital recording that would have enabled the proceedings of every Court to be digitally recorded in real time. Real time recording would significantly decrease Court delays.
The FNM stopped Urban Renewal and reinstated Urban Renewal in 2009. Crime is running rampant because there is no direct “in the community relationship” with the police.
In 2007 the FNM stopped the plan for Electronic Monitoring. Electronic Monitoring is now just being launched in 2011.
The FNM stopped, reviewed and cancelled the Judicial Complex. The state of the are Judicial Complex which would have housed the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the Industrial Tribunal would have been finished by now.
The Annual Police Service and March is held every year. The PLP is shocked that the Minister of National Security was not present at this very important annual occasion. Bahamians have lost confidence in this Government’s ability to address this singularly important issue, crime. Bahamians long ago lost confidence in the Minister of National Security. Rather than putting a portion of $8.5 Million dollars into the pockets of FNM special interests (the people from whom the Government buys police vehicles and other equipment which was included in the 2010-2011 budget), under the guise of solving crime, the first step that the FNM needs to take is to fire the inept, incompetent and vision-less Minister of National Security.
Bahamians want relief from crime and the fear of crime and they want that relief NOW!