NASSAU, Bahamas -- Former deputy commissioner of police Quinn McCartney has renewed his call for a change in leadership in the crime fight following the setting of a new murder record in The Bahamas in 2015, and several serious crimes already recorded for 2016, including two murders and multiple shootings.
While McCartney did not identify anyone in his remarks, his comments are widely viewed as a critique of Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade, the Nassau Guardian reported.
Meanwhile, a new crime warning was issued on Tuesday by the US Embassy in The Bahamas, singling out operators of personal watercraft or jet skis following the sexual assault of a US citizen. The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) said a 26-year-old man was taken into custody as a suspect in the January 2 attack.
The embassy noted that there have been five sexual assaults of US citizens by jet-ski operators in Nassau since July. The embassy has banned its staff from using jet-ski rental companies because of insufficient regulation and it also recommends US citizens not use them either.
The embassy expressed similar concerns last year about jet-ski operators as well as rising crime in general in the Bahamas.
On Sunday, McCartney wrote on his Facebook page: “I promised not to say too much this year, but looks like 2016 is starting off much like 2015 ended, and therefore I feel compelled to say something brief right now. Obviously what we are doing right now is not working. There is, in my humble opinion, a need for drastic changes to be made.”
After six successive years of unprecedented crime records, McCartney suggested that the police force needed a change of leadership.
His call for new leadership comes exactly six years after Greenslade assumed command of the RBPF and one year after McCartney retired as deputy after more than 30 years of service.
In 2010, there were 94 murders recorded in the country, a record at the time.
The next year there were 127 murders and in 2012 there were 111.
There were 120 murders in 2013, 123 in 2014 and a record 149 last year.
This is not first time McCartney has been critical of the leadership in the crime fight.
Last November, he said if those charged with addressing the problem are failing to do their jobs, they should be removed.