20 officers sent in joint operation
NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Royal Bahamas Police Commissioner Clayton Fernander yesterday suggested there may be a link between the deadly transnational gang warfare plaguing the Turks and Caicos Islands and local crime trends.
Fernander confirmed that about 20 officers were sworn in as special constables.
“If everyone is careful,” he said.
“You can see the same trend happening on the island of the Turks. And we think, based on our information, that might be a link. So that’s a reason for that. And that will help in the long run.
Last week, Assistant Commissioner of Police Kendall Strachan was sworn in as a special constable in the Turks and Caicos Islands as part of the special cooperation between the two governments.
However, the recent spate of murders and armed robberies has led to public scrutiny and criticism of the deployment.
For his part, National Security Minister Wayne Munroe yesterday defended the decision to deploy about 20 officers to the Turks and Caicos Islands as being in “the national interest of the Bahamas”.
“Does anyone know what he’s going to do there?” So how could you criticize something if you have no idea what their mission is? Munroe said yesterday.
“It shows that criticism is gratuitous, not fact-based, or evidence-based. We have established a declaration, it is a joint exercise.
“Common sense would tell you that this is something that is in the national interest of The Bahamas. If anyone thinks the Royal Bahamas Police Force should not be acting in the interests of the Bahamas, then that criticism is very easily answered,” he said.
Munroe said he could not provide further details on the nature of the mission due to its high level of confidentiality.
“Hypothetically, let’s say they’re there to capture Bahamian criminals, do they think that’s something they should be doing? So at the end of the day, we’ve made the statement that we have, we’re not going to accept answers to things that aren’t based on fact or evidence.