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Neighbourhood Watch Groups to be Established

The Ministry of National Security under the visionary leadership of Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Stephen Dean, recently launched a new and innovative program called the National Neighborhood Watch Council (NNWC), which all Neighborhood Watch Groups (NWG) fall under in and throughout The Bahamas.

With the launch of such a program, the concerns of Abaco residents and its cays will be addressed.

According to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Annmarie Neely, the NNWC launch for Abaco is scheduled for April 1-5 from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. each evening, with training sessions to ensure that those in attendance possess relevant tools and equipment.  The training sessions will take place at Patrick J. Bethel High School.

Presently, Neighborhood Watch Groups are being implemented in every district in Abaco, including Sandy Point, Murphy Town, Dundas Town, Pelican Shores, Eastern Shores, Treasure Cay, Leisure Lee, Cooper’s Town, Fox Town to Crown Haven, Green Turtle Cay, Hope Town, Guana Cay, and Man-O-War Cay.

“If you are above the age of 18 years, a law-abiding citizen, and want to volunteer your time, service and commitment to ensure safer communities, this program is for you,” she explained. “The NNWC wants you to be the ears and eyes of the police who cannot be everywhere at all times. The NNWC wants you to be trained as ‘Citizens on Patrol’ (COP), in your community.”

NNWC registration is being conducted at the Marsh Harbour Police Station from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants for the training sessions are asked to fill out the application form by collecting and returning them to ASP Neely at the Marsh Harbour Police Station as soon as possible.

For additional information, please contact ASP Neely at 1 (242) 367-3437, 727-8738 or 809-8993.

“Let’s do our part by keeping our communities safe,” she encouraged.

A Bahamas Information Services (BIS) press release published last year stated that “in keeping with its 2017 Manifesto, which calls for

[the]

establishment of a National Neighborhood Watch Council (NNWC), the Free National Movement Government unveiled a comprehensive plan to prevent and reduce the incidence of crime throughout the country.”

The keynote address was delivered by Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, who officially launched the National Neighborhood Watch Council (NNWC) during a ceremony at Paul Farquharson Conference Centre at Police Headquarters on April 30, 2018.

About Canishka Alexander

Canishka Alexander was born in New Providence, but spent most of her childhood years on Abaco. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Abilene Christian University.

Although she has accomplished many things in life, her greatest accomplishment is being a mother to her four children. She loves God, her country and people of all cultures.

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