Another 100 officers for the Abacos post-Dorian

Another 100 officers for the Abacos post-Dorian
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Police arrested 22 people for serious offenses

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Minister of National Security Marvin Dames yesterday revealed plans to increase armed forces in Abaco and the cays to 310 officers.

Dames’ announcement follows concerns over the state of security in Abaco amid reports of widespread looting following the deadly Category 5 hurricane.

He said there are currently 112 defence force officers, along with 84 police officers, 18 CARICOM police officers, and 57 officers from the Fairfax Virginia Search and Rescue Team with 6 cadaver dogs, deployed throughout the Abacos.

“In the coming days and weeks we expect to have a complement of 230 Defence and 80 Police Officers in Abaco,” Dames said.

“Also, the Defence Force has been alternating its marine craft to provide food, water and other logistical needs to both Abaco and Grand Bahama.

“The HMBS Nassau will be headed to Abaco for rotation so as to relieve the 200 ft. HMBS Cascarilla. Both the Police and Defence Force will remain active in Abaco and

Grand Bahama.”

He said 42 defence force officers were deployed to Grand Bahama post-Dorian.

Dames underscored the security efforts of armed forces during his contributionon amendments to the Disaster Preparedness and Response Act.

Police arrested 22 people for serious offenses in the aftermath of deadly Hurricane Dorian, he added.

He said the arrests were made during the period September 8-21.

Sixteen people were arrested for stealing; and two people each for offenses of: house breaking and stealing, possession of firearm and drugs, and possession of dangerous drugs.

Dames said all suspects pleaded guilty in Magistrate’s Court and were each fined $500.

“Let it be known that a natural disaster does not mean free for all as law must and will be abided,” he said.

“We are committed to ensuring the safety of all while maintaining law and order. Anyone found breaking the law will prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”