Police were on patrol in area at time of murder-suicide the tribune

Shortly before 2am on Sunday, police officers were called to the home the couple shared after it was reported a man was there armed with a firearm. However, as officers approached the home, they heard gun shots and discovered both Shawn and Nicola Bethel dead. Their three children were said to be inside the home at the time.

“Well no matter where it happens, it’s certainly a tragic event,” the minister told reporters yesterday ahead of the morning Cabinet meeting. “I grieve for the families of all of those involved. On Sunday, I had an opportunity along with the Yellow Elder Gardens Association’s executives and executives from Mount Moriah constituency team.

“So it speaks to a more deeper issue and when we say that crime is more than just a police problem and it’s going to take the combined or collective effort of everyone involved and all of the stakeholders. That’s why we are taking a multi-agency approach to addressing this issue. We’re looking at our community centres which will be focusing too on domestic violence.”

“Our national neighbourhood watch council is certainly on bridging the gap between the police and the community. They’re also looking at wholesome activities for kids and family members as well. But we are working from a multi-agency approach and the steps that we are taking should go a long way in addressing some of these issues. Because there are a lot of issues out there. There are people who are going through an inordinate amount of stress caused by any number of factors and sometimes they keep it to themselves.”

A young, black man in LA was shot twenty two times in his grandmothers backyard after police claimed he had a firearm. The only thing he had on him was a cell phone. The point is there are several levels of criminal activities that the police will not be able to prevent even if a police station was set up on every street corner in the Bahamas. But Bahamians expect to enjoy certain levels of safety and peace of mind. They do not expect to have over 100 young men gunned down and murdered even under The brightness of the sun. They do not expect to have another two dozen or so young men shot dead by the police and the explanation given i(by police) is completely different from that of eye witnesses. Domestic violence is difficult to patrol and it can explode and become deadly in a matter of seconds. And besides detection, apprehension and prosecution, what other initiatives has the minister of national security initiated to combat crime? The mini police tattoos in various communities, for example received very warm and positive responses, especially by the young and older residents of the community. But how to build on that now and create an even stronger bond between the police and the community? Then what about putting some retired police officers in schools where there is a shortage of male teachers. Not as police officers but in a classroom setting where they can interact with students, especially those from single family homes and give guidance and motivation and share life experiences. The fact is many young men don’t want to be in gangs or even a part of the criminal element. Most of them only need more positive direction in their lives. It is not impossible to get the murder count down to single digits…permanently.