Late last year Prime Minister Christie told the nation of some new anti-crime measures the government will implement in early 2016. After a celebratory luncheon for the work of the Salvation Army on Thursday, Prime Minister Christie spoke about the government’s latest crime plan.
Among them were the meetings Minister Nottage and US Charge Lisa Johnson held at the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) headquarters in Washington DC on Wednesday and Thursday of this week on the crime challenges facing the country.
“Dr. Nottage and the Charge d’affaires (met) yesterday and today (Thursday) at the FBI headquarters in Washington where they are reviewing certain matters that will be important to what we do here in The Bahamas” said Christie.
Not wanting to pre-empt the commissioner of police in unveiling the new anti-crime plans for 2016, Prime Minister Christie revealed that he held “very strong meetings” with commissioner Greenslade over two days this week and that he expects “the commissioner of police in his annual report to speak to what is going to happen.”
There has been a steady increase in the serious crime of murder as far back as 1997 when the country recorded 46 murders. The number of murders had jumped to 62 by 2006 and topped 100 for the first time in 2011 when the country recorded 127 homicides. There were 149 homicides recorded in 2015.