Nearly 2 months after the National Crime Summit was held in Nassau, all 11 members of the National Crime Council have been identified but not all have been contacted about serving on the permanent crime prevention and control body.

Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest said that the Council would liaise with the Ministry of National Security but that the narrowing down the number of persons needed for the council was the biggest challenge.

The decision to set up the Council comes at a time when the Bahamas is experiencing the highest homicide rate in its recent history – 72 to date.

In September, the minister said there would be other programs to address the crime problem, like a major anti-crime public relations campaign and a church program to assist with inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison.

The National Crime Council was a suggestion of the Coalition of Citizens Against Violent Crime. The coalition was formed by entities such as The Bahamas Christian Council, The Crisis Center, The Group for the Protection of Children, Families Against Murder and The Professional Security Association of The Bahamas.

The Coalition of Citizens Against Violent Crimes also called for the reformation of the legal system; the creation of a sexual offenders’ register; the replacement of police prosecutors with qualified lawyers; the strengthening of the Witness Protection Program; electronic monitoring; increasing recruitment of police personnel; increasing police foot and car patrols; dealing with rogue elements interfering with justice; carrying out capital punishment; implementing closed circuit television in crime ridden areas and increasing the speed of violent crime trials.

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