Commissioner: Gangs Not To Blame For Recent Violence




THE recent spate of violence should be blamed on organised crime, drug trafficking and other profit seeking activities rather than gang warfare, according to the Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade.

Speaking on the Jeffrey Lloyd show yesterday, the commissioner insisted that traditional gang wars over turf is not the reason for most of the violence in the country despite growing fears that it is.

“No, not as far as I’m concerned,” he said, adding: “The violence is the consequence of organised crime, drug trafficking and certainly these people have a profit motive.”

“I know,” he added, “that there are people on the street who will want to talk about this at some point and my door is always opened. But gang A fighting for turf against gang B – that isn’t what I’m seeing and it is something that I’ve questioned for some time. In the traditional gang activity, you have a gang in one area with markings showing that it’s their area and a gang in the second area with markings and if you cross into that area, you risk being killed simply because you walked into that area. That’s not what we’re seeing. We’re seeing people killing because ‘he stole my dope,’ or because they want to sell dope someone’s patch.”

He added: “Do you understand as a public that there are scores of healthy bodied men that are not fully employed who have taken to a life of crime? Their crime is to steal cars and return a profit or to sell parts of those cars; their crime is to sell drugs and to return a profit and to commit armed robbery so they could purchase whatever they want for themselves and for their family and friends. That is what is happening. Why can’t we open our eyes to it?”

Mr Greenslade also cited statistics noting that crime figures are trending downward. He said: “Saturation patrols, Urban renewal 2.0, intelligence led policing, general umbrella community based policing, and the support received from communities across the Bahamas” is to be credited for the downward trend in crime occurrence.”


B_I_D___ 6 years, 1 month ago

I'm sorry...think I just lost all respect for the Commish...gangs ARE organized crime...gangs deal drugs, gangs steal the cars, gangs fight over turf because of the money they can pull from that area, primarily through drugs. To turn around and say...your gang activity is restricted to some graffiti marking your turf and that is the extent of it, you are a fool. Very sad day for policing when you hear a ludicrous comment like that coming from your police chief!! My guess is that is why the gangs have gotten so out of control as the police just think they are some guys spray painting walls and getting into a pissing match when someone crosses that line. Gotta be down right stupid to think that is all there is to gangs. Unreal!!


USAhelp 6 years, 1 month ago

Start the clean up shut down number houses.


ThisIsOurs 6 years, 1 month ago

Exactly they have their heads up their butts if they think these businesses are "clean". I am so so sorry for the Commissioner, I think he is a good man caught in a bad situation. In for a penny, in for a pound. You have to be prepared to speak truth to power, they will always leave you hanging when the going gets rough (as BJN publicly did a few days ago), at least retain the respect of the people


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