DNA Cautiously Optimistic on Reduction in Crime

After years of record breaking crime numbers, The Democratic National Alliance welcomed this week’s report of an overall drop in criminal activity around the country. The figures released by the top brass of the Royal Bahamas Police force are a testament to the incredible work being done by these hard-working public servants, many of whom have made the decision to protect and serve their communities at great personal sacrifice.

We are, however, cautiously optimistic that this downward trend will continue. While the reduction in overall crime is cause for celebration, now is not the time to become complacent. The Bahamas, as a small and developing nation, continues to be crippled by the rate of homicides. Further, the fear of crime still provides a high level of uneasiness in our country. Scores of families continue to be ripped apart by violent crime as our young men and women continue to lose their lives. Even in the face of this reality however our political leaders continue to play politics on this crucial issue by publicly bickering over whose crime reduction is bigger.

We have always said, if politicians get out of the way of the RBPF, and provide the necessary resources to aid in the crime fight, that we can effectively address the scourge of crime in our community. In that regard we support the work being done by the Commissioner, his executive team and every officer. Crime should not and must not become a “political football”. Instead, we encourage our leaders to commit themselves to true bi-partisan collaboration on this long standing social issue because until ALL BAHAMIANS are safe we can not claim true success in the fight against the criminal element.

Christopher Mortimer
DNA Interim Leader