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Minister of National Security Marvin Dames in the House of Assembly. Photo: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff

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Dames: We're cleaning up corruption in the ranks

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday contended that law enforcement agencies were “cleaning up” their ranks in the wake of the recent arrests, arraignments and convictions of several prison officers for various offences in recent weeks.S

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Dames: ‘No reason to feel unsafe’

DESPITE a bloody weekend with three homicides recorded, National Security Minister Marvin Dames insisted murders continue to trend downward, adding Bahamians have absolutely no reason to feel unsafe in the country.

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Police Farce: Audit exposes RBPF

RESEARCHERS who conducted a manpower audit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force flayed last year’s promotional exercise in their report while revealing the top-heavy Force needs 791 more constables to be more effective.

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Sex offender register by year’s end

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday pledged the government will establish a sex offender registry before the year’s end.

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Dames: We have more work to do

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames forecast the Minnis administration has a “hell of a lot of work ahead” as the government marks its first year.“We have a lot of work to do,” he said, “we have a lot of work ahead of us. We may have accomplished

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Dames: Claims of sacking prison officers ‘misguided’

THE Minnis administration is not in the business of “moving away from fully capable officers” within the prison system, according to National Security Minister Marvin Dames who yesterday pushed back against social media claims that dozens of contracted officers were facing terminations in the coming weeks.

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Dames: Cooper police plea a waste of time

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames said he hopes Progressive Liberal Party Deputy Leader Chester Cooper is not wasting the police’s time with his pledge to contact them about comments made by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis this week.

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Agencies to work together on coastal security

MINISTER of National Security Marvin Dames announced the government will establish a multi-agency law enforcement coastal security programme to mitigate threats against the country’s borders and national security. His announcement came at the Royal

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$232m Sandy Bottom Project delays blamed on previous government

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday blamed extensive delays in the $232m Sandy Bottom Project on the complacent and poor governance of the former Christie administration.Mr Dames, in his mid-year budget communication in Parliament, indi

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Bills seek to cut out corruption

LAWMAKERS united yesterday to support the Proceeds of Crime Bill and the Financial Transactions Reporting Bill, laws meant to clamp down on corruption and crime, although Progressive Liberal Party leaders warned against overreach.The Proceeds of Crim

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Homicides ‘down by over half’

DESPITE several recent murders, homicides are still “down more than 50 percent” compared to last year, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday.

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Dames: We must identify the causes of crime

MINISTER of National Security Marvin Dames recently said that over the past decade, escalating crime and violence numbers have presented challenges to the economic and social development of The Bahamas.“Much of the violence and crime that we are seei

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Dames defends coroner process

National Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday declined to address the latest fatal shooting by police, insisting such matters are “thoroughly investigated” and put before the coroner.  

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Dames: I have not tried to influence policing plan

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday denied he has attempted to influence aspects of the commissioner of police’s 2018 policing plan, calling such concerns misguided.

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Marijuana - we need the debate

TWO Cabinet ministers yesterday conceded that marijuana use has had a “devastating” impact on communities in the country, but agreed the Bahamas has reached a point where discussions must take place focusing on whether decriminalising the drug should be a consideration for the government.

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Police recruitment down

ROYAL Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) recruitment numbers are down, according to Minister of National Security Marvin Dames, who said he is concerned the “numbers in the organisation have been declining as opposed to remaining constant or increasing.”

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Bodycams boost to better policing

THE Ministry of National Security is still unaware of how much it will cost to outfit Royal Bahamas Police Force officers with body cams, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday.

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Dames: No alarm over RBDF guns purchase

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames stuck to his guns yesterday as he rebuffed lingering concerns over revelations the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) sourced weapons and military items from a home-based business.Mr Dames said while he underst

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'Stand easy - arms deal's above board'

MINISTER of National Security Marvin Dames yesterday expressed confidence in operations at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) as he moved to clarify several discrepancies in Auditor General Terrence Bastian’s report into the law enforcement agency.

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Dames unveils crime offensive

MINISTER of National Security Marvin Dames said the Minnis administration is “not sleeping behind the wheel” as he outlined how the government intends to ramp up crime fighting initiatives by implementing gun detection technology in addition to CCTV in inner city communities.

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All instructions from AG to DPP 'will be gazetted'

IN a bid to shield the director of public prosecutions from undue political interference, the Minnis administration will amend the Constitution to require that all instructions from an attorney general to the director of public prosecutions be gazett

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Boy, 15, dies in new gun attack

A 15-year-old boy is the country’s latest murder victim after a shooting off Prison Lane last night. 

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Promotions left force ‘top heavy’

AN audit of manpower in the Royal Bahamas Police Force reveals the institution is top-heavy with recent promotional exercises placing a burden on the performance of the force, National Security Minister Marvin Dames (pictured) said in the House of Assembly yesterday.

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Ankle bracelets are failing, says minister

MINISTER of National Security Marvin Dames yesterday outlined the chronic challenges the country faces in its fight against crime, while noting murders are up 41 per cent compared to this time last year, but overall crime is down by 19 per cent.

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