“We will sweat the small stuff. We will be a society that we can truly call paradise and not one paralyzed by fear.”

Branville McCartney

 

A DNA Government will:

 

  • Resume the enforcement of Capital Punishment in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas by defining “worst of the worst” through new legislation.

 

  • Strengthen the regulations of the Civilian Complaint Board to ensure that its efforts are not infringed upon.

 

  • Ensure that there is no political interference with the Police Commissioner and the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

 

  • Increase the amount of officers on foot-patrol and by extension increase our saturation police crime strategy.

 

  • Build a state of the art DNA Forensic Laboratory that will be used for crime scene investigations.

 

  • Purchase Forensic Vans to assist our police officers in investigating crimes more effectively.

 

  • Build a new Correctional Facility for maximum security offenders on a Family Island.

 

  • Earmark money to go towards successful correctional programmes.

 

  • Increase our Witness Protection programme efforts and enter into agreements with international partners on a mutual Witness Protection programme.

 

  • Review the programme for low risk offenders entered into the work-release schedule.

 

  • Implement a Parole System. 

 

  • Pass legislation that allows for a Probationary System. 

 

  • Increase our cyber-security surveillance and partner with international policing agencies to remain on the cutting edge of cyber-threats and various forms of cyber-crime and cyber fraud.

 

  • Undergo a complete diagnostic and overhaul of our Defence Systems and have them in line with American and North American Transatlantic Organization’s standards and guidelines.

 

  • Increase our border protection in terms of manpower and equipment. 

 

  • Increase the level of domestic surveillance through CCTV and employ the use of new technology, inclusive of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and gunshot detection equipment.

 

  • Amend The Police Force Act so that all field officers, regardless of their branch, have the ability to keep their side-arm with them at all times and at all occasions.

 

  • Ensure that Police Officers have full Health and Life Insurance.

Immigration

 

A DNA Government will: 

 

  • Provide additional financial resources to our Immigration personnel, retrain personnel, and improve technology to ensure that we keep our borders safe and secure. 

 

  • Deport Illegal Immigrants not more than 60 days after apprehension and increase our transportation capacity in all regards to facilitate this more aggressive timetable.

 

  • Create a pathway towards regularization for persons born in The Bahamas, but of foreign parents, through the definition of clear and measurable milestones.

 

  • Craft civics courses for young persons that have fallen between the cracks of the immigration system, and provide cultural transition support mechanisms for their transition into adulthood in The Bahamas.  

 

  • Fully metricize the Immigration procedure to make it smoother, rather than rely on hand-to-hand evaluations based on personalities and personal likes and dislikes.

 

  • Identify what skills we need in The Bahamas and where we need them, and put quotas on the amount of applications that can be approved for workers in these areas of need.

 

  • Issue a specialized non-tampering Visitors’ Pass for visitors who plan to stay in our country for more than three months.

 

  • Ensure the approval of Economic Permanent Residency within 30 days of the submission of a complete application by the service provider. 

 

  • Engage in further dialogue with the government of Haiti to ensure that all existing bilateral agreements are honoured, particularly with regard to repatriation. 

 

  • Proactively bring international recognition to the need for the International community to provide funding and grants to stabilize the Haitian economy, as well as the need to provide more technical support in critical developmental areas.

Foreign Affairs

 

A DNA Government will: 

 

  • Increase and liberalize the administrative and diplomatic scope of The Bahamas’ embassies and consulates abroad and strengthen efforts toward visa free travel for Bahamians around the world. 

 

  • Ensure that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a renewed mandate to educate the public at large on the benefits of its foreign policy.  

 

  • Ensure that a substantial investment in the support and promotion of the Financial Services Sector be made through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

 

  • Link the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources to invite assistance from the international community on building these industries.

 

  • Commit to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for ourselves and our partners. 

 

  • Recommit The Bahamas to have a greater participatory role in The Commonwealth Secretariat, the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, The CARICOM Secretariat, and the United Nations. 

 

  • Deepen the economic linkages between The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

  • Recommit The Bahamas to have a greater participatory role in The Commonwealth Secretariat, the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, The CARICOM Secretariat, and the United Nations. 

 

  • Deepen the economic linkages between The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

  • Ensure that our development agenda for Haiti remains at the forefront of our regional dialogue.