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Multi-National Operation cuts crime, Opposition Leader says Bahamian Police tactics worth emulating

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, October 29, 2022 – Highlighting the 180 turn from double murders every other weekend to the relative peace and quiet of the last three weeks, Opposition leader Edwin Astwood says whatever the Bahamian authorities are doing needs to be passed on to the local officers.

He was speaking in the House of Assembly on Thursday October 20 as a suite of new bills were passed to aid crime fighting, six days before yet another double murder.

“Without the equipment, the planes, the troops from the UK, something can be done, I want us to look at that- that is the main point that I want us to take from this,” he said.

In the three weeks since the Bahamian forces arrived along with the UK and US, Operation Anaconda has been instituted with swift force.

In week one, eight suspects were arrested, one described as a significant arrest, the other seven in a single major operation with 58 officers swarming the infamous, Dock Yard.

Illegal migrant voyages were detected and rebuffed prior to arriving in the TCIs waters.

No shootings or murders were reported since the ‘bloody Sunday’ of October 2; until Wednesday’s shooting incident, it was the first semblance of normal in over five weeks

In weeks two and three “large amounts” of drugs including cocaine, amphetamines and cannabis were seized.

At least two guns were found and violent crimes dissipated, dramatically.

Edwin Astwood acknowledged this commendable stride, noting that even without stricter rules being enacted and without military support, the combined police forces had managed to get regain the trust of a petrified public, which found themselves scurrying home and afraid to venture out past dark.

“We have seen results without these amendments being in place — whatever it is, if we can give (to our people) that same thing that we imported into our law enforcement I think we can go a long way.”

The PDM Leader profusely thanked The Bahamas for their kind offer of two dozen men and women, urging the TCI to learn the strategies while the deployment continues.  The Grand Turk South, Member of Parliament also declared that now was the ‘Worst time to be a criminal in the TCI.’

All eyes are on the five nations, which are working together to flush out the gang members responsible for one of the darkest times in Turks and Caicos history.

 

Photo Credit: Mario Ingham

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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Regional Soldiers head to Jamaica to train for pending Haiti mission

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti#KenyaMultinationalForce#CARICOM, February 22nd, 2024 – About 150 Bahamian soldiers are heading to Jamaica within the next one or two weeks for a joint training with Jamaican soldiers, in preparation for the pending Kenya led multinational force mission to Haiti according to Bahamian Defense Chief Commodore, Raymond King, in reports. Soldiers and security forces from Chile and Argentina will also travel to Jamaica for the training.

King informs that Kenya and Haiti are in the process of signing off on an agreement to allow Kenya to lead the force into Haiti, following advice from Kenya’s High Court which recently deemed Kenya’s decision to deploy police officers to the gang run nation as unconstitutional. This agreement includes a formal request for assistance from Haiti, allowing Kenya to legally intervene on the ground.

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Major plans for The Bahamas announced Davis

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Development,February 22nd, 2024 – “Things are changing in The Bahamas,” were the words of Prime Minister Philip Davis as he outlined some of the Government’s plans to improve the nation through a decrease in the cost of living, enhanced security for Bahamians and the expansion of access to opportunities. Davis, who was presenting on February 21st, the Bahamas Mid-Year Review of the fiscal performance for the fiscal year 2023/2024, highlighted a long list of plans for the archipelago.

Here’s the full list stated in Davis’ address :

  • A new energy policy and an expansion of renewable energy, including microgrids, and an emphasis on engaging local Bahamian firms and building local professional capacity; 
  • An expansion of Bahamian ownership in our economy, including support for entrepreneurs, small and medium sized enterprises, and an expansion of affordable housing –with hundreds of families moving into new homes by this summer; 
  • A modern and award-winning specialized tourism product, with new investments across our archipelago, and major visibility and branding campaigns in New York, Florida, and the UK;
  • Progress on redeveloping downtown Nassau, long overdue;
  • New commitments to education, including a Parental Engagement Unit; more teacher training, modernizing the curriculum, classroom enhancements, improving school attendance, and using the Renaissance testing results to design individualized support for students; 
  • An expansion of technical and vocational training, including certification at the high school level;
  • An Empower Grand Bahama micro-grant programme for entrepreneurs; $1.5 billion in investments for Grand Bahama in the pipeline; the Beautiful Grand Bahama programme, in which collaboration has led to safer communities; and Collab Grand Bahama, which fosters partnerships between the government and the private sector to bring change and progress to Grand Bahama;
  • Major upgrades to our health infrastructure;
  • More support for our athletes and sports programmes;
  • We’re on track to pave 65 miles of road in New Providence alone this year;
  • Investments in NIB to improve fairness and efficiency;
  • A National School Breakfast pilot programme, which is already giving thousands of our children breakfast in their primary schools, and is ready to expand;
  • New classes, camps, lessons, and programmes at our Urban Renewal Centres;
  • A Youth Guard to strengthen our capacity during national emergencies, and give more young Bahamians a path forward;
  • A Task Force addressing unregulated shantytowns in New Providence and Abaco, with other islands to follow;
  • The selection and training of new immigration officers;
  • Saturation patrols and new investments and collaboration in crime prevention; 
  • A juvenile detention facility;
  • A cadre of officers trained to recognize and manage psychiatric issues;
  • Stronger partnerships and new patrol vessels to secure our nation’s borders; 
  • Major new investments across our Family Islands, including new airports, and road paving in Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Abaco, Long Island; Great Harbour Cay, and Crooked Island;
  • The development of our nation’s blue carbon credits strategy; and
  • A major investment in agriculture and national food security.

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