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Bahamas: BE NOT AFRAID: National security minister says police have crime “under control”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday that the public should not be afraid to go into public spaces or be concerned about a gang war on New Providence following five killings over the holiday weekend.

Speaking to reporters on the spate of murders, Dames said: “I don’t think that there should be public concern about a gang war happening.

“As you can see, police are very much on top of that. These things are going to happen.”

That national security minister noted, however, that the public cannot sit back and rely entirely on the police to resolve the crime issue, adding that when it reaches the police’s hands, it’s almost always too late.

He pointed to the global rise in gun violence, insisting that he is confident the path The Bahamas is on is the right one.

“I have every confidence in law enforcement officers. They are, in fact, in control,” he said.

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