||Last Updated: Nov 1, 2017 - 4:14:19 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - The Minnis Administration will introduce a number of “ambitious social intervention and training programmes” to help transform the prospects and lives of those in gangs or those minded to criminal behaviour even as it remains tough on crime.
“Those who are open to being helped will be helped. But those who decide on a life of crime, and who seek to do violence, will feel the full weight of the law,” Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Monday (October 30).
“We must use every measure possible to reduce crime and to restore a more peaceful way of life for our people.”
Delivering the keynote address at the Handover Ceremony of the Office of Commissioner of Police at Police Headquarters, East Street, Prime Minister Minnis said the fight against crime and corruption must be comprehensive and vigorous.
Prime Minister Minnis said the “great challenge of criminal violence” facing The Bahamas is rooted in “a sad and sordid history.” The Prime Minister said his Administration will work towards restoring the productive values of Bahamian culture.
“I intend to lead the fight by ensuring there is honesty in government; that there is fairness in contracting and that the corrupt are no longer able to use power to protect themselves from the law.
“I do not accept that any group of Bahamians should have special protection. We are a nation of laws. All Bahamians should follow those laws or face the consequences of their transgressions. We must fight crime and corruption at every level. This includes criminal violence and those who would abuse their high office and engage in corrupt practices,” Prime Minister Minnis said.
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