By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTER of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage said police will use “severe methods” if necessary to return the Bahamas to a peaceful state.
His comments came one day after four persons, including a college student and a mother of three, were gunned down on Fox Hill park while awaiting Junkanoo results on Friday.
At a press conference on Sunday, Dr Nottage said he was “outraged and saddened” by these murders and “no stone will be left unturned to bring the perpetrators to justice in this matter”.
“This is a very serious case and the Commissioner of Police and his teams are working assiduously and have been updating me regularly.
“I have asked the police to spare no effort to make sure that justice is served and to do everything within their powers to ensure that the perpetrators of this atrocious act are brought to justice. Meanwhile every effort is being made to prevent the occurrence of any further incidents of this kind,” he said.
“I wish to reassure members of the public, that the police are utilising all resources at their disposal to ensure that these brazen and heartless criminals are arrested, prosecuted and punished.
“However, the police cannot do it on their own. I urge you the members of the public, who may have relevant information surrounding this senseless shooting, to immediately come forward and share the information with the Police.”
Dr Nottage remained tight lipped on whether or not the police officers will return on 12 hour shifts, however he said the streets will be saturated with police, both on foot patrol and mobile.
He said: “What you can expect is that this whole matter is being reviewed in light of what has happened in the last 72 hours and steps will be taken to strengthen our ability to prevent these matters from being repeated. The details of that will not necessarily be made to the public for obvious reasons but you can be sure that all matters we believe can assist in our efforts will be used.
“There are matters which have been planned and which have been implemented some of them work quickly some of them take a longer period to work. Our job is to continue until we find the form that will work continuously and that is what we are doing. Its all well and good to talk about the events that are happening but what you are not aware of is the things that have been prevented by those same measures.
“We will use severe methods if necessary to achieve the kind of peaceful and safe communities we are seeking.”
Dr Nottage assured members of the public, as well as visitors, that the government will do everything in its power to ensure that all available public resources are utilised in the effort to curb crime.