29% increase in traffic fatalities

Pedestrian deaths nearly doubled   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Fatal car crashes trended upward once again in 2018 with a reported 29 per cent increase in deaths involving motor vehicles, according to statistics released by Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson this week. There were 63 traffic accidents last year which resulted in 69 deaths. In 2017, […]

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Police still probing missing Oban file

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Nearly nine months after authorities confirmed they were investigating the disappearance of a file on the controversial Oban Energies project that reportedly went missing from the Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST) Commission, Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson said yesterday that probe was ongoing. However, Ferguson was unable to provide any substantive details […]

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Crime down eight percent

Ferguson: crime decreases not “mere coincidence”   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Crime overall was down eight per cent last year compared to 2017, according to statistics released yesterday by Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson, who said the downward trend, particularly in the majority of violent crimes was “no coincidence”. The overall decrease continues a trend observed […]

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Immigration to use drones to assist with apprehensions

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As illegal migration has been an ongoing issue for decades, the government has recently issued a request for proposal to secure drones to assist immigration officials in their apprehension efforts, Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette revealed Tuesday. “The government, as you have seen in the newspapers, have a request for proposal out […]

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Police complaints increase

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – While Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson did not state how many police officers were discharged from the Royal Bahamas Police Force in 2018, the commissioner acknowledged the increase in complaints against officers, including reported incidents of “conduct of a major nature”. “There was a little, slight rise in disciplinary/reported matters,” Ferguson said in […]

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Illegal Haitian migrants will be immediately charged, have a criminal record

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Rather than being held for deportation, Haitians who enter The Bahamas illegally will be immediately charged before the court and repatriated. The move means that Haitians will now have a criminal record and cannot get a work permit if they later decide to make an application to work in The Bahamas, said […]

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11 fatal police-involved shootings in 2018

COP: In war, there will be causalities   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Suggesting that suspects shot and killed last year were causalities of a war on crime in The Bahamas, Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson indicated yesterday that anyone who confronts police officers will more than likely meet their demise. There were 20 police-involved shootings in 2018, […]

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Downtown safety to be enhanced

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Recent concerns raised regarding the safety of tourists in Downtown, Nassau has prompted the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s safety and security committee to announce its intent to re-develop the downtown area. The committee confirmed as much on Monday, following a walk-about of Downtown, Nassau led by Chief Superintendent Bernard Bonamy, Officer-in-charge […]

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RBDF marine is country’s first traffic fatality

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  The country’s first traffic fatality was recorded on Sunday after a  Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine succumbed to his injuries. The marine has been identified by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) as 27-year-old Renaldo King. The RBDF said King was enlisted on February 25, 2012, and up to the time of […]

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Prison officers say “no” to strip search

Wilson says strip search procedure is demoralizing   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A new security procedure implemented at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS) has prison officers up-in-arms, and the Correctional Officers Staff Association has called on BDOCS officials to rethink the move which subjects all prison officers to a daily strip search. The strip […]

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More illegal migrants apprehended in Abaco

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Immigration officers continued their search over the weekend for any additional undocumented Haitians who may have been onboard a wooden sloop which landed in Abaco last Thursday. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) confirmed Friday that an overnight search of outlying areas uncovered an additional 25 undocumented Haitian nationals. Immigration officials initially […]

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E. Sally-Ann Lockhart-Pratt appointed as new Registrar-General

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Legal Affairs on Sunday announced the appointment of Mrs. E. Sally-Ann Lockhart-Pratt, to the position of Registrar-General in the Registrar General’s Department. Lockhart-Pratt’s qualifications include, a Bachelor of Arts in Banking and International Finance as well as a Master of Arts degree […]

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Haitian migrants apprehended in Abaco

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Just three days into the new year, immigration officials apprehended 54 Haitian nationals in the Abacos on Thursday afternoon. The apprehension was the result of a joint operation between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Immigration Department. A statement released last night by the RBDF outlined […]