GB police chief Seymour: one life taken is one too many
FN Night Editor
"Every act of criminality wherever they happen in The Bahamas, somebody knows something about it," said Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Emrick Seymour during a recent interview with The Freeport News.
Seymour was responding to questions from the media regarding closure of active unsolved homicide cases in Grand Bahama. "We have been getting support from the members of the public in terms of assisting our investigations.
"In fact, the public supports any of our policing initiative and so we just want to send out, to members of the community, any information you may have regarding any of the unsolved murders we've had thus far, we need you to come forward," said Seymour.
"I mentioned, just recently, that a life taken is one too many and one of the things, in addition to, helping to solve these murders is to ensure that we bring some degree of peace and tranquility to the families of the victims," he added.
Seymour noted that the families themselves would like to find out who is responsible for taking the life of their loved one.
"We have had some successes, but more can be done. So we want to encourage members of the public to come with any information that they have, not only regarding homicides but with any outstanding matter that we have,"?said Seymour.
"We also encourage them to report any act of criminality ... I always say, it is not a police problem only. The crime problem wherever it happens is a Bahamas-wide problem, so every citizen has an obligation to ensure that they do their part to bring these acts of criminality to a close."
Seymour noted that it is a civic duty, "and more can be done."
Seymour also spoke to the issue of aiding and abetting wanted individuals.
"We have reason to believe that some members of the public are haboring some relative or friend," added Seymour. "We want to send a stern warning out to those persons ... any person we find haboring any individual that is wanted, for any act of criminality, the full brunt of the law will be carried out on you.
"As I said, Bahamian people have an obligation to report these acts of criminality. Not to try and cover them up and that is what you are doing when you harbor them. So we are asking you to cease and desist, and if you know where any wanted persons are, you have an obligation to report it."
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