Overview

How are we building a Safer Bahamas? By Reducing Crime and through Justice System Reform.

However, there is still more work to be done, especially when homicide rates continue to be a major issue.

The Government is focused on early intervention to prevent crime, community building, education and poverty reduction to ensure Bahamians can walk safely in the streets and feel secure at home. Youth programmes have been implemented including a renewed focus on Urban Renewal activities. The Government also continues to build on the success of the Swift Justice Programme and to encourage communication, cooperation and collaboration between law enforcement agencies and the justice system.

Funded by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank, The Citizen Security and Justice Programme seeks to reduce crime and violence in The Bahamas through a comprehensive approach that takes into account the multi-causal nature of the problem. The programme includes a combination of social preventive strategies and institutional strengthening of relevant agencies.

The program consists of four components: crime prevention, youth employment, strengthening the justice administration system and rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders.

Through continued and large scale investments in The Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Government is ensuring these organizations have the resources they need to monitor and enforce laws.

The Government is also improving border security and has made investments to ensure all goods imported will be inspected thoroughly to prevent drugs, weapons and illegal contraband from entering our country.

Here are some key achievements:

  • Investment in public safety has increased by 9% over the last several years.
  • Conviction rates have more than doubled- from 31% in 2012 to 63% in 2015. This trend is continuing in 2016 where the conviction rate has further increased to 71%.
  • There are now saturation patrols in crime hot spots.
  • An $18 million comprehensive border control system is being secured and installed.
  • 10 criminal courts are now operating, reducing the backlog of cases.
  • 110 more cases were tried in 2015 compared to 2012 and 7 murder cases were tried within one year of change.
  • The government has invested $4.5 million to install 243 cameras in high crime areas throughout New Providence.

By working together as Bahamians, we will build a safer, more secure environment for our children, and future generations.

Reducing Crime

The Government is responding to crime in our communities and the issues that contribute to crime.

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Justice System Reform

The Swift Justice initiative has been overwhelmingly successful. We are continually enhancing the system with the cooperation of Bahamian citizens.

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